25 – 26 September

London, United Kingdom


Day One
Monday 25th September, 2017

Day Two
Tuesday 26th September, 2017

Registration & Coffee

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Review of Regulatory Developments for the Application of Genome Editing in Plant Breeding


  • The regulatory context for plant products developed with the application of genome editing tools
  • Examples of how regulation is evolving and what developers should keep in mind
  • Addressing the key challenges and opportunities

Addressing Regulatory Pathways for Novel Breeding Techniques

  • Filip Cnudde EU Government Affairs and Science Policy Leader, Dow AgroSciences


  • Highlighting the historical regulatory environment for past novel breeding technologies- What have we learnt?
  • How are industry working with regulatory bodies to navigate the current guidelines?

Panel Discussion: Uncovering Key Regulatory Developments for the Use of Gene Editing Technologies in Agriculture

  • Stefan Jansson Professor in Department of Plant Physiology, Umea University
  • Filip Cnudde EU Government Affairs and Science Policy Leader, Dow AgroSciences
  • Ana Atanassova Global Regulatory Affairs Manager, Bayer CropScience


To provide more clarity to what the current regulatory guidelines are for utilising CRISPR gene editing technology to develop commercial products the panel will discuss and answer the following questions:

  • How might the outcomes achieved by new technologies like CRISPRs affect the regulatory profile in plants and animals?
  • How does the scientific community need to engage the wider public on CRISPR edited commercial products?
  • How to commercialise CRISPR/Cas9 agriculture products

Networking Break & Morning Refreshments

Realising the Potential of CRISPR for the Advanced Development of Modified Plant & Crops

Genome Editing in Wheat: A Challenge Worth Accepting


  • Setup of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing in hexaploid bread wheat ( aestivum) and addressing the results obtained
  • Discussion on mutants characterization and genotyping strategies
  • Rice vs Wheat: What are the differences and opportunities?

Multiallelic Mutagenesis in Tetraploid Potato by CRISPR/Cas9 Expression in Protoplast

  • Mariette Andersson Researcher and Deputy Head of the Plant Breeding Department, Swedish Agricultural University


  • Implementation of CRISPR/Cas9 as a new efficient breeding technology in potato
  • Development of a commercial product, an amylopectin potato, together with the Swedish starch producers
  • Optimizing CRISPR/Cas9 methodology to increase output frequency of commercially interesting lines
  • Time frame from trait idea to commercial product using implemented new breeding technology

Networking Lunch

Interactive CRISPR AgBio Roundtable Session


In this session, you will have the opportunity to catch up on the latest advancements within the field and learn from your fellow colleagues in this interactive format to optimize the use of CRISPR gene editing technology in agriculture. The topics that will be discussed are the following:


  1. Harnessing CRISPR gene editing to improve nutritional value
  2. Communicating the benefits of CRISPR technology to consumers
  3. Advancing the commercialization of CRISPR in agriculture
  4. Developing plant pharmaceuticals through CRISPR gene editing

Networking Break & Afternoon Refreshments

Interactive Workshop: Harnessing CRISPR Gene Editing for Functional Genomics to Advance Trait Discovery

  • Cécile Collonnier Academic Scientist, , French National Institute for Research in Agronomy (INRA)


CRISPR precision editing has become a vital tool in understanding gene interactions and role of genes in biological processes. This interactive session will help optimise your CRISPR gene editing workflows to enhance your trait discovery and selection for advanced plant breeding

Discover the following at this focused workshop:

  • Optimising CRISPR workflows for advanced trait selection and discovery
  • Addressing technical challenges in applying precision gene editing for whole genome screening
  • Examples of using CRISPR for manipulating genes for desired traits in plant breeding
  • Future applications of CRISPR as a novel breeding technology

Chair’s Closing Remarks

Close of Day Two