Key areas the course covered:Trends and Strategies
Research and technology management
Markets and marketing
Case study on GE crop development, technology transfer and delivery
During the duration of the program, the participants engaged in –
Ronnie Coffman is the director of International Programs at College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), Cornell University. His strategic contribution in global agriculture development spans over four decades. He is a World Agriculture Prize Laureate and is among the senior most plant breeders today. Coffman’s contribution to supporting public research and private sector engagement in next generation crop improvement has addressed global problems.
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K. V. Raman
K.V Raman has over three decades of experience in many areas of international agriculture and rural development. During his early career he did his MS and PhD research in grain legume improvement at the University of Reading, U.K and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria. After his PhD he joined the College of Agriculture & Life Science at Cornell University to complete his post doctoral research on potato improvement.
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Richard Cahoon held the position of director of technology transfer office at Cornell University for a decade prior to establishing RS Cahoon & Associates as an independent technology management practice. His expertise is in technology assessment, management and commercialization. He has transformed over 300 inventions into revenue-generating intellectual property packages.
K. Vijayaraghavan is CEO of Sathguru Management Consultants and Regional Coordinator of CALS research programs. Vijay combines innovation focus in enterprises and strategy to create and sustain their competitive advantage. He has advised worldwide seed sector in forecasting trends and in enhancing their competitiveness through smart adoption of innovation. He has advised governments in emerging economies in creating a conducive policy framework for agri business enterprises to stay competitive and nurture growth. Vijay is also responsible for creating public-private partnerships for the seed sector with the constitution of several consortiums for the development and delivery of seeds with appropriate traits.
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Alan George Taylor
Alan George Taylor is a Professor of Horticulture at CALS, Cornell University. His research areas include crop science, horticultural sciences and seed science. Taylor`s research program can best be described as "modern seed technology," with many well-organized projects for multi-stakeholders.
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Ragunathan, one of the directors of Sathguru Management Consultants, is a fellow chartered accountant and a management consultant. His expertise is in the seed industry consulting group’s intervention in the Asian region. Ragu works with the seed industry to plan strategic growth and consolidation through acquisitions. He has developed innovative valuation models for the seed industry to enhance and optimize their value proposition.
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Who should Attend
Senior managers from the seed industry engaged in the development of strategic planning, market development, product management, research and product development, regulations and operations
Regulators from federal and state governments engaged in regulating the seed sector
Senior managers from public extension and research organizations
“Felt enriched after attending the program. All the sessions were very relevant and useful” - Sanjiv Sharma, Bayer Bioscience
“The program provided the participant a comprehensive view on the necessary knowledge for people engaged in the regulation, R&D and marketing of seeds” - Elmen Carlo D. Ercia, Syngenta Philippines
" Program is innovative and pathway to vibrant seed industry and strong foundation for public-private partnership" - Krishna Prasad, Advanta India Limited
" All the presentations were very useful and this is the first time I got a chance to think about the future of the Seed Industry "- Kiyoki Iboshi, Known-You Seed Pvt. Ltd.
" It enlightens about the recent trends which most of the seed companies needs to catch urgently to remain competitive. It is an eye opener. " - Amit Rastogi, Coromandel International Limited
" It is very good and has given me wider horizon of view and attitude to IP and its relevance for seed industry" - Vivencio Rullan Mamaril, Bureau of Plant Industry, Philippines