Nexus of Creative Science and The Marketplace: Partnerships That Work

Alignment of basic scientific research with marketable products that meet a need occurs all too infrequently. Converting fundamental science in the laboratory into products and services that improve lives is challenging, usually requiring multidisciplinary partnerships between the public and private sectors. Please join Christopher Topp, Ph.D., Assistant Member and Principal Investigator, Danforth Center, and Warren Shafer, Ph.D., Vice President Global R&D and Regulatory Affairs, Valent Biosciences LLC, in a discussion of new ways in which Danforth Center science on biology of plant roots is informing commercial development of sustainable products for agriculture. Moderated by Vijay Chauhan, Global STL Lead at BioSTL, the discussion will focus on elements of successful partnerships between for-profit companies and not-for-profit research institutions, and how advanced imaging technologies are bridging the gaps between fundamental science and commercial applications.

Worm's-eye view: during the networking reception, try on the latest augmented reality / virtual reality (AR/VR) technology to tour a plant root system with imaging from Dr. Topp’s lab.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

5:15 PM: Networking Reception in the McDonnell International Gallery

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Conversation in the AT&T Auditorium

About the Conversations Series:

Members of the Danforth Center Friends Committee organize panel discussions offering guests the opportunity to learn about the work of the Danforth Center and the partners that help to sustain it. Discussions focus on topics of both regional and global urgency and feature leading experts in plant science and related disciplines. Events begin with a networking reception in the McDonnell International Gallery at 5:15 P.M. followed by the program in the AT&T Auditorium from 6:00-7:00 P.M. Reservations are required for this complimentary event. 

Attendee Notice/Release:
Please be aware that by attending this event, you consent to your voice, name, and/or likeness being used, without compensation, in films and tapes for exploitation in any and all media, whether now, known or hereafter devised for eternity and you release the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, its successors, assigns and licensees from any liability whatsoever of any nature.


For more information about this event:
Tam McGuire
(314) 587-1403