Agtech conference attracts record attendance


A record gathering yesterday saw the opening of the AusBiotech AusAg & Foodtech Summit 2018, which is about translating Australian science into business by putting the spotlight on investment in agritech and foodtech innovation.  

Building on the success of the 2017 event, which featured a new format, the Summit draws together stakeholders from each stage of the sector’s value chain – including investors, start-ups and SMEs, researchers and academics, multinational and established companies - to advance commercialisation opportunities and foster relationships. 

One of the popular features of the events is pitching sessions for 15 investment-ready organisations with new technologies pitch to investors and prospective partners, including:

  • Hydrox Technologies Pty Ltd;
  • Cluster Biotechnology;
  • Converte Pty Ltd;
  • Smart Yields;
  • Textile & Composite Industries Pty Ltd;
  • ProbiSafe;
  • thingc AgTech;
  • LiveStock Labs Pty Ltd;
  • Progel;
  • Gretals Australia Pty Ltd;
  • DewaRuci;
  • Aglive;
  • Viridi Innovations Pty Ltd; and,
  • Thinkbio Pty Ltd

Keynotes featured: The Australian Agrifood Tech Advantage - Sarah Nolet, CEO, AgThentic; Medical Cannabis and Government Regulation - Prof German Spangenberg, Deputy Secretary, Agriculture Research for Agriculture Victoria; Role of RDC's in the Agtech and Foodtech Ecosystem - Dr Christine Pitt, CEO, Food Futures Company; People, principles and passion come before profit – Radek Sali, Chairman, Light Warrior; Advancements in Australian Agritech - Towards 2030 - Robert Poole, Partner, Operations Advisory, KPMG; Food Influences on the Gut Microbiome - Dr Joanna McMillan, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, La Trobe University.

AusBiotech welcomed 264 delegates to the annual event, held this year in Melbourne, and extended sincere thanks to the sponsors: Agriculture Victoria, Agribio, FB Rice, MTPConnect and La Trobe University; and the program committee led by Professor Paul Wood.