Last week, the Biotechnology Industry Organization had their annual BIO 2013 convention in Chicago. Our president Neal Carter was in attendance, but he did much more than just “attend”!
- Neal was one of six panelists at the April 23rd “media breakfast” where panelists were asked many great questions about public opinion, biotech labeling, industry transparency and much more. Plus, he got to meet a major VIP in biotech media/education – Frank N. Foode (pictured)!
- Later that day, Neal delivered a presentation titled “Challenges and Opportunities for Small Companies in AgBiotech: Collaborating and Competing with the Majors”. He discussed the unique position OSF is in as a small, grower-led ag-biotech company. GENews even highlighted it as one of their top ten BIO 2013 sessions!
- Just after, Okanagan Specialty Fruits was honoured to receive the Gold Leaf Award for Early Stage Agriculture from BIOTECanada for making “significant contributions to the development of Canada’s biotech industry”.
- The next day, Neal delivered another presentation; “Agricultural Biotechnology: Feeding a Hungry Planet and Saving Lives”. This is the same TEDx talk he delivered in Penticton, BC last October, which we encourage you to watch in full right here.
- Neal also found time to interview for a couple great articles that came out during the week:
- “Developer of Arctic® Apple thinks big” briefly highlights our nonbrowning apples and how close they are to market.
- “Neal Carter on Ag Biotech: It’s Not An Experiment Anymore” provides an overview of his TEDx talk, especially the safety, benefits and future of biotech crops.
These are just a few of the highlights from BIO 2013, and there are plenty of other great articles worth reading too. For a more visual recap, check out this great photo gallery supplied by Biofortified’s Karl Haro von Mogel (and please, browse the rest of their fantastic site while you’re there)! You’ll recognize a few shots of Neal, lots of our good friend Frank N. Foode, and even a few memes relating to our Arctic® apples!
Finally, we leave you with an interview between Neal and CBI’s Richard Lobb, which comes courtesy of the BIOChannel on YouTube: