BPIA 2018 Spring Meeting and International Symposium
and Biocontrols USA West 2018 Conference and Tradeshow

March 5-9, 2018 • Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa • San Diego, CA

Meeting Agenda

Subject to change

Day 1 — Monday, March 5, 2018

12:30pm – 1:30pm

BPIA Board of Directors Lunch

1:30pm – 5:30pm

BPIA Board of Directors Meeting

Day 2 — Tuesday, March 6, 2018

8:00 am-5:30 pm

BPIA 2018 Spring Meeting


Morning Refreshments and Check-in sponsored by Technology Sciences Group


Member Networking Space Available


BioProtection Global


Government Affairs Committee


Biostimulants Integration Committee


Coffee Networking Break sponsored by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization


Joint Communications and Specialty Markets Committees


Membership Committee


Joint USDA and State Regulatory Subcommittees


New Member Introductions Luncheon sponsored by Certis USA


Regulatory Committee


Canada and Mexico Exploratory Taskforce


Coffee Networking Break sponsored by NewLeaf Symbiotics


BPIA All Member Meeting


BPIA Group Dinner sponsored by AMVAC

Day 3 — Wednesday, March 7, 2018

8:00 am-5:30 pm

International Symposium

8:00 am-10:00 am

Morning Refreshments and Check-in sponsored by Arysta

8:30 am-9:00 am

BioProtection Global Update

Speaker: Rick Melnick, Valent BioSciences

This session will give an update regarding the recent activities of BioProtection Global (BPG), the worldwide federation of biocontrol and biopesticides industry associations comprised primarily of manufacturers of biocontrol and biopesticide products for professional use in agriculture, public health, forest health, animal health, and other non-crop uses. BPG strives to represent the bioprotection industry for key topics on a global scale and to harmonize proportionate regulations.

9:00 am-9:30 am

Biological Products Markets Around the World

Speaker: Manel Cervera Comabella, International Business Director DunhamTrimmer

This session will take a close look at where biopesticides and biostimulants markets are headed, what is driving these markets globally, and where future opportunities will most likely be for manufacturers, marketers, and distributors.

9:30 am-10:30 am

Global Challenges for Registering Biological Products

Moderator: Amy Roberts, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Lallemand Plant Care, North America

Speakers: Alison Hamer, ERM; Juan Manuael Lopez Martinez, Seipasa; and Sandro Frati, BiPA

This session will provide information on the changes, challenges and opportunities for registering biopesticides and biostimulants internationally. Discussions include trends in dossier production and changes in guidelines for biological products in Europe, challenges with registering biological controls internationally, and the investment necessary to develop and support international registrations of biological control products. 

10:30 am-11:00 am

Coffee Networking Break sponsored by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization

11:00 am-12:00 pm

Expanding Use of Microbial Technologies Across the Globe

Moderator: Michael Larose, Market Segment Manager, BioSafe Systems

Speakers: Sandeepa Kanitkar, Kanbiosys; Tom Mason, Dudutech; and Vijay Choppakaatla, BioSafe Systems

This session will examine the new microbial technologies being developed in all parts of the planet. Speakers from Asia, Europe and North America will discuss the different ways and venues where microbial technologies are starting to change the face of agriculture for future generations.

12:00 pm-1:30 pm

International Symposium Lunch sponsored by Bayer

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

U.S. Legislative Case Study

Moderator: Jeff Blackwood, Senior Manager for Government Affairs, BASF

Speakers: Richard Gupton, Agricultural Retailers Association; Hunt Shipman, Cornerstone Government Affairs; and Virginia Ruiz, Farmworker Justice

This session will use the legislative process in the United States regarding the enactment of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) as a case study exploring how Public Policy related to pesticides, particularly biopesticides, is influenced by a variety of stakeholders and even unrelated issues.

2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Uniqueness and Harmonization Efforts of Biostimulants Internationally

Moderator: Roger Tripathi, Global BioAg Linkages

Speakers: Benoît Planques, Italpollina; Hong Chen, TSG Consulting; Jesús Noel Yáñez Reyes, GreenCorp Biorganiks de México; and Ry Wagner, Global BioAg Linkages

This session will provide updates on the rapidly developing industry of biostimulants in Europe, the United States, and other parts of the world. Speakers will explore if it will be possible to develop a harmonized regulatory framework for biostimulant products across the globe or is such a possibility just wishful thinking.

4:00 pm-4:30 pm

Coffee Networking Break sponsored by Acadian Plant Health

4:30 pm-5:00 pm

Biological Products in Public Health

Speaker:  Susanne Kluh, Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District and TBD

This session will look at the growing role of biological products in public health all over the world and specifically in international cities like Los Angeles, California.

5:00 pm-5:30 pm

The Future of Biological Products in China

Speaker: Antares Wang, General Manager of Asia Commodities and Shipping Limited

This session will review the biopesticide history and current status in China, compare China with EU/U.S. biopesticides usage, explain China’s provisional policy for biopesticides usage, and explore biological product market prospects in China.