The ABIC Speaker Series serves as a platform to promote science as a powerful tool to alleviate poverty and food insecurity and includes a business education angle. The ABIC Speaker Series features experts from around the world with a passion for solving global challenges using science and technology, to inspire and teach entrepreneurs and the public.  

For now, with the COVID-19 pandemic in our midst, the events will take place online. Eventually, we will host live lectures or a combination of live and livestreamed/recorded events. Topics are varied, from starting a science-based business to dealing with some of the controversial issues in science communications, to exploring futuristic concepts. 

Recently, ABIC received a funding boost from Saskatoon's Brent Zettl of ZYUS Life Sciences, with the goal of benefiting Saskatchewan entrepreneurs through education, with the Beyond Entrepreneurship training program, developed and managed by Ag-West Bio.

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The ABIC Speaker Series 

 Spring 2022 
 

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April 19, 2022 – 3:00 pm CST
Sylvia Wulf, Executive Director, President, CEO of AquaBounty Technologies

Sylvia is currently the President and CEO of AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. leading commercialization and growth of the world’s first genetically engineered animal approved for food – AquaBounty’s salmon.  In this role, she has broadened the investor base and strengthened the company’s financial position by raising capital in preparation for expansion; both domestically and internationally.   
      
Read Sylvia Wulf's Biography

 

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Past ABIC Speaker Series presentations:

 

September 21, 2021
Dr. Jennifer Doudna,
Nobel Laureate, Biochemist at UC Berkeley, Founder of the Innovative Genomics Institute, and co-inventor of CRISPR technology

CRISPR is a powerful technology that enables scientists to change DNA, the code of life,  with a precision only dreamed of just a few years ago. In addition to her scientific achievements, Doudna is also a leader in public discussion of the ethical implications of genome editing for human biology and societies, and advocates for thoughtful approaches to the development of policies around the safe use of CRISPR technology.

Read Jennifer Doudna's biography
Read the review article
 

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April 21, 2021
Mr. Curtis Frank, 
President & Chief Operating Officer at Maple Leaf Foods

Curtis Frank leads the commercial activities of Maple Leaf Foods - one of Canada’s most successful agri-food companies. Mr. Frank shared his expertise and advice on key business issues in the agri-food sector at the Spring 2021 ABIC Speaker Series. 
 
Read Curtis Frank's biography
Read the review article
 

 

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September 30, 2020
Business 101: Startup Bioscience Companies
Brent Zettl, president & CEO, ZYUS Life Sciences 

With over 30 years of experience within the agriculture and bioscience industry, Brent Zettl has gained relevant business knowledge throughout his journey to corporate success. Brent shared his knowledge in the inaugural ABIC Speaker Seriespresentation, providing practical information that is largely unavailable to entrepreneurs in the early stage of their journey.

Read Brent Zettl's biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


   The ABIC Speaker Series is managed by Ag-West Bio.