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In this teleconference, bio-era experts and guest commentators addressed the implications of ongoing advances in enabling biotechnologies as they affect stakeholders in the agriculture and food systems.

Technical capability on some fronts has advanced at a rate even faster than Mooreƕs Law. However, regulation, lack of platform standardization, ROI questions, and thorny intellectual property conflicts, may dampen the impact of these stunning technological advances on the rate and cost of agricultural research and development.

Questions addressed during the teleconference include:

  • What are the new and enabling biotechnologies that matter most?
  • How are they affecting the pace of change?
  • How might these technologies shift the competitive playing field and open up new opportunities for smaller players?
  • What are the non-technological constraints to progress?
  • What are the implications for other stakeholders?