InfoAg 2015 Session
|Moderator||: Clay Mitchell|
|Date/Time||: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 3:00pm - 3:50pm|
|Room||: Midway Suites|
West Lafayette, 47906
Johnny founded Spensa in 2009 in recognition of the need in the agricultural industry for increased production efficiency. He is passionate about ag innovations that will reduce reliance on manual labor, foster eco-friendly farming, and enhance crop production efficiency. Johnny was a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University where he researched various topics in distributed sensor networks, computer vision and robotics. Johnny received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees all from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University.
San Francisco, 94107
Dr. Travis Bayer is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Asilomar Bio, Inc., a company developing chemical technologies for improving crop yield and water efficiency in field crops. He is a biochemist with experience developing technologies for the agriculture, bioprocessing, fine chemicals, energy, and mining sectors. Before founding Asilomar, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford. He was recently named the Most Promising Innovator of the Year by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council of the UK.
Asilomar Bio develops crop protection chemistry to help growers deal with environmental stress in the field, one of the biggest constraints on yield. We have discovered a compound that enhances the ability of crops to access water and tolerate drought stress, leading to healthier plants and increased yields. We are developing this technology into a product that will enable growers to maintain yields and margins in challenging conditions. There is an exciting potential for using this chemistry along with integrated analysis of real-time data and precision application to sense and respond to changing weather during the growing season.
Mountain View, 94043
Ben Chostner joined Blue River in its early days and has played a key role in bringing the technology to life by linking farmer needs to product development. Ben now spends his time at Blue River forming technology strategy for further commercialization. He is passionate about working towards a sustainable agriculture future. Previously, Ben helped Fortune 100 companies tackle challenging problems in his role as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He earned a BS Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ben grew up in northern Illinois and comes from a long line of Illinois farmers.
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