The U.S. Embassy Grants Program

Increasing Awareness Activities for Entrepreneurship and University-Industry Collaboration In the Field of Agri-Biotechnology in Turkey

Strengthen Economic Prosperity: Promoting Innovation and Fostering Entrepreneurship

About Project

The goal of the project is to introduce innovative agricultural biotechnology and encourage researchers in the field of Agri-Biotechnology in Turkey.

During the project, the following visuals will be prepared within the scope of visibility activities
  • At the beginning of the project, web-site will created with target-specific, instructive and practical about explaining the road map in sections with contact information.
  • Brochures will be practical, explanatory and direct the target group to the activities and web site.
  • Book will give straightforward and detailed information about the road map and also examples from case studies will be included to guide the researchers in a realistic way.

Within the scope of proposed project, a workshop will be held at Cukurova University in Adana, with participation of partners and beneficiaries from Turkey and U.S. The program will aim to give a detailed information from U.S experts about the road map starting from discovery or ideation stage then screening ideas, establishing a business plan and to go on to product development, launching, marketing and finally product management. National and international participants will give ideas and information by case studies and success stories.

After the international workshop, Feasibility Assessment Report related to Agri-Biotechnology sector will be prepared by partners for their respective cities. The aim of these feasibility reports is to determine the entrepreneurial potential of agricultural biotechnology on cities basis. Following the evaluation of the feasibility reports, workshops will be held in different partners’ cities (Adana, Siirt, Erzurum, Bolu and Ankara) respectively.

All the publications should be updated according to the changes in legislative regulations and other variables. Sustainability of the project will be necessary in this respect to update publications monthly. As a result of the workshops, the final conference will be held at Ankara University in order to share experiences gained in workshops, determine the road map related to agri-biotech sector for the following projects and entrepreneurship activities and collect feedback from the partners and beneficiaries. Under the final conference, entrepreneurship ideas and university-industry- partnerships’ best practices of agri-biotechnology will be collected and as a result of the competition, candidates ranking among the top three will be awarded.

Project Outcome

Working Population in Food & Agriculture

GDP in This Sector

Turkey has already had a powerful agriculture and food industry. Almost 20 percent of the country’s working population is employed in this sector and accounts for 6.1 percent of the country’s GDP in 2016.  In overall, Turkey is the world’s 7th largest agricultural producer having the leadership in the production of high variety of agricultural products. Estimated total of 11,000 plant species exist in Turkey, whereas the total number of species in Europe is 11,500. However, agriculture and food industry products are mainly low-technology fields. Turkey is now seeking a more preferred position, being a headquarter, supply center and provider for global agricultural sector with high added value products and services through high tech processes.

Although Anatolia has a great potential in agriculture and significant number of researchers in agri-biotech are educated at Turkish Universities and Institutes, there is a gap between combining these qualified people to real economy. On the other hand, USA is the leading country in this field.

The proposed project aims to identify the real problems in this sector, find realistic solutions, give practical guides, draw a road map and to encourage researchers who have innovative ideas in the field of agri-biotech. Specialists from USA are going to be invited to share their best practices so as to improve the entrepreneurship and university-industry collaboration capacity of agri-biotech sector in Turkey.

Project Applicants & Team
E. Sümer ARAS
Project Coordinator
Ilker BUYUK
Project Co-Coordinator
Fatih TUNCA
TTO Director

Funded by U.S. Embassy

Events

*All event dates & locations will be announced soon

Day 1

09.03.2020

TIME
SESSION
Speaker
9.00
Partners Presentations - Ankara University Çukurova University
Prof. Dr. E. Sümer Aras, Prof. Dr. S. Seyhan TUKEL
9.45
Coffee Break
10.00
Partners Presentations, Atatürk University Erzurum Technical University
Prof. Dr. Kamil HALILOGLU Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emre ILHAN
10.45
Coffee Break
11.00
Partners Presentations, Bolu Abant İzzet Baysal University Siirt University
Prof. Dr. Ekrem GUREL Assoc. Prof. Dr. Behcet INAL
TIME
SESSION
Speaker
12.00
Lunch
13.30
Agri-Biotech State of the Art
Prof. Dr. Brad Day
14.30
Advancing the Commercialization of Agriculture Technology and Biotech
Peter Lemmer
15.15
Coffee Break
15.30
Commercialization of Agriculture Technology and Biotech
Moderator: Peter Lemmer

Day 2

10.03.2020

TIME
SESSION
Speaker
9.00
Agri-Biotech technology assessment
Ankara TTO
9.45
Coffee Break
10.00
Round Table Discussion on technology assessment of Partners portfolio
Moderator: Ankara TTO
10.45
Coffee Break
11.00
Round Table Discussion on technology assessment of Partners' portfolio
Moderator: Ankara TTO
TIME
SESSION
Speaker
12.00
Lunch
13.30
University - Industry Collaboration Cases of Michigan State University
Prof. Dr. Brad Day
14.15
Coffee Break
14.30
The Future of Traceability A National Model for University - Industry Collaboration - Fertilizer Track System (GTS)
Prof. Dr. Sümer Aras, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ilker BUYUK
15.30
Coffee Break
15.30
Turkey - U.S. Collaboration Possibilities in Agri-Biotech
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Sümer Aras

Day 3

11.03.2020

TIME
SESSION
Speaker
9.00
The U.S. Farm Credit System, It’s Relationship with business and other Financing Tools
Peter Lemmer
9.45
Coffee Break
10.00
Turkish Financing System in AgriBiotech
Ankara TTO
10.45
Coffee Break
11.00
Discussion on Turkish and U.S Financing System
Moderator: Ankara TTO
TIME
SESSION
Speaker
12.00
Lunch
13.15
University and Industry Collaborations of Tekfen Agri
Emrah İnce
14.00
Technical Visit
Çukurova University

Day 2

12.03.2020

TIME
SESSION
Speaker
All Day
Social Tour
Çukurova University

Day 5

13.03.2020

TIME
SESSION
Speaker
9.00
Transaction Structures to Advance Agriculture Production and Related Business: Credit, Conditions, Covenants and Capital
Peter Lemmer
9.45
Coffee Break
10.00
Current Practices (AgriBiotech Sector)
Turkish Partners
10.45
Coffee Break
11.00
Current Practices Evaluation - Discussion Session
Moderator: Dr. Brad Day and Peter Lemmer
TIME
SESSION
Speaker
12.45
Lunch
14.00
Planning of Local Conferences and Final Event Evaluation of Workshop
Ankara TTO
15.30
Closing

Local Conferences

January 12, 2021 / 14:00-16:00
Ankara University
January 19, 2021 / 14:00-16:00
Siirt University
January 26, 2021 / 14:00-16:00
Çukurova University
February 9, 2021 / 14:00-16:00
Erzurum Technical University & Atatürk University
February 23, 2021 / 14:00-16:00
Siirt University
March 2, 2021 / 14:00-16:00
Bolu Abant İzzet Baysal University
March 9, 2021 / 14:00 - 16:00
Çukurova University
March 17, 2021 / 10:00-12:00
Erzurum Technical University & Atatürk University
March 23, 2021 / 14:00-16:00
Ankara University
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April 2, 2021 / 14:00-16:00
Bolu Abant İzzet Baysal University

Final Conference

June 24th, 2021 (15:30 - 18:00)
AgriBiotechTurkey Project Closing Conference
Webinar Link

Invited Speakers

Brad Day

Michigan State University, Professor; Associate Department Chair for Research

Dr. Brad Day received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in Microbiology in 1999 where his research focus was biochemical characterization of Nod signal perception in soybean. In 2000, he received a co-sponsored National Science Foundation (U.S.) and Science and Technology Agency (Japan) postdoctoral fellowship. From 2000-2002, he conducted research at the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences in Tsukuba, Japan, where his research contributed to the early understanding of the molecular-genetic signaling events associated with immune activation following chitin perception in rice. In 2002, he moved to U.C. Berkeley where he was a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Brian Staskawicz. As an NIH-funded postdoc at Berkeley (2002-2006), he expanded his research interests to focus on the molecular-genetic basis of host immunity, using the Arabidopsis-Pseudomonas interaction as a disease model. During this time, his research contributed to establishing what is now commonly referred to as the Guard Hypothesis. In 2006, he accepted a position at Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor. Since 2006, his lab at MSU has worked to define the role of the actin cytoskeleton as a signaling platform for immune signaling in plants, and in this area, his group was the first to identify a link between the function of the actin cytoskeleton and gene-for-gene resistance. In parallel to these studies, research in the Day lab has also published extensively in the area of immune signaling in cucumber, and more recently, has expanded into the area of DNA-nanosensor technology for the detection of pathogens. Dr. Day serves as the Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences. In 2017, Dr. Day was promoted to the rank of Professor. He is currently working as a Program Director at National Science Foundation (NSF).

Peter Lemmer

GreenStone Farm Credit Services, , EVP & Chief Legal Counsel

As chief legal counsel, Pete Lemmer provides advice and counsel on legal, regulatory, or legislative matters involving GreenStone Farm Credit Services, and acts as the chief in-house legal advisor for the organization.
Lemmer joined GreenStone in September 2008 and has more than 30 years of experience as an attorney. He has managed all aspects of in-house and outside legal matters and is experienced with federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to the financial services industry, publically held companies and the Farm Credit System.
Lemmer attended the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania, and obtained a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He is an active member of the Michigan Bar Association, and American Corporate Counsel Association. Lemmer was presented with the Phelps-Martin Award for Community Service for his volunteer work with local youth and refugee groups and, was appointed in 2013 to serve on the Michigan Public Service Commission by Gov. Rick Snyder.

(Mr.) Dr. Richard A.J. Hodgson

Team Leader, Technical Assistance Team, AgriGenomics Hub Project

Currently Dr Hodgson lives mostly in Turkey where he is the Team Leader for a project of Technical Assistance to the newly established AgriGenomics Hub at Ankara Üniversitesi Teknokent Binası, in Keçiören, Ankara. This project is co-financed jointly by the EU and the Republic of Turkey, through the Ministry of Industry and Technology.
Dr. Hodgson is a graduate of the University of Newcastle (B.Sc. Hons. 1980) and Macquarie University (PhD. 1988) in Australia; and undertook Post Docs. at Washington University (1987-1990) in St Louis, USA, and the University of Adelaide, Waite Agriculture Campus (1990-1993) in Australia.
He started his professional academic career as an academic Researcher and Tutor in the life-sciences. This expertise progressed from pure research using molecular techniques to study plant physiology/pathology, into development and implementation of molecular diagnostics (MDx) as a tool in on-site disease management (in coconut production and shrimp culture arenas). After 20 years as a researcher, Dr Hodgson undertook a transition from academia into the corporate sector to become a specialist in applications of molecular genomics to the agriculture and human health sectors, for several top-tier BioTech supply companies.
Dr. Hodgson worked for about 10 years in managerial positions with QIAGEN in Australia, and with Illumina and Affymetrix (acquired by ThermoFisher) as Senior Manager for International Markets in Agrigenomics. During these years Dr Hodgson was involved in business development and client relations, including developing SMEs and researcher understanding of genotyping applications in Agrigenomics and in Human Health. He also engaged in market research and trends analysis; concept building for marketing the management of products and solutions; capturing ideas to develop and implement business strategy; strategy pathway to increase brand awareness and improve brand value; as well as business networking with SMEs and Researchers.
In 2013 Dr Hodgson began SCIMONÉG, a small consultancy firm with special interest in the application of AgriGenomics, and in Best Practices for Business-to-Science engagement. The Firm’s passion, expertise and focus applies genomics solutions that challenge and disrupt traditional work practices for different, better, more productive outcomes.
BYS Grup, Ankara, Turkey. eMail: richard.hodgson@bysproje.com

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