Virtual Animal AgTech Innovation Summit approaching

10-09-2020 | |
Photo: Tate Slyfield, Rethink Events
Photo: Tate Slyfield, Rethink Events

This year’s Animal AgTech Innovation Summit will be held online on 14 September and will showcase an exciting line-up of innovative technologies.

12 up-and-coming international animal agtech start-ups will pitch their innovative technologies in Start-Up Showcases, which will take place within 4 themed tracks: Precision Livestock Farming, Aquaculture, Animal Health, and the Microbiome & Feed. The summit brings together 400 animal agtech leaders for an action-packed day of 1:1 video networking, live panels and small roundtable discussions, allowing them to connect and share their insights.

By asking how animal health, nutrition and precision farming are emerging from the current crisis, the summit taps into the main questions that have kept professionals in the animal agriculture industry on their toes. Furthermore, the summit focuses on how a more connected future could be created for the livestock industry, a question which has never been more topical, especially in times of Covid-19.

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Among the Start-Up Showcases are 2 promising start-ups for the feed industry that you will be hearing more about:


General Probiotics (USA)

General Probiotics develops innovative cellbots and antimicrobial probiotics to effectively and reliably eliminate harmful pathogens in livestock, enabling the production of safe food and reducing our current dependency on antibiotics. With synthetic biology techniques, General Probiotics engineers hundreds of variant antimicrobial probiotics. With its computational biology and machine learning, the company can guide engineering of these live biotherapeutics, analyse the results of experiments and design new systems for high performance. CEO Yiannis Kaznessis: “In our most recent field trial, we observed a 67% decrease in the mortality rate caused by necrotic enteritis in chickens infected with Clostridia perfringens, when birds were administered our cellbots,”

Beta Bugs (UK)

Beta Bugs creates high-performance insect genetics for the insects as the protein sector is using proven biotech and breeding strategies. The company taps into challenges of efficiency, quality of produce and ease of farming through the application of state-of-the-art breeding programmes and tried and tested bio-techniques. Beta Bugs currently focuses on the Black Soldier Fly and its use as an animal feed, with a mission of doubling this industry’s productivity, thereby enabling it to compete on price point with commoditised feed ingredients.

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For a full list of speakers and to register for the Animal AgTech Innovation Summit on Monday, 14 September 2020, visit

Rebecca Kwakman Content manager