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​​How a GMO is Made Webinar

Broadcast Date: June 17th, 2020 | 11:00 AM Central Time

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Webinar Summary:

In this time of large population growth and climate change, solutions to agricultural problems are necessary to ensure a sustainable and adequate food supply. One option is the use of products that have been optimized using biotechnology approaches. This webinar will help explain the processes of producing these solutions and demonstrate their safety in order to obtain global acceptance.

Please join us as we describe the process of developing an Agricultural Biotechnology crop from idea inception through to the end commercial product. We will discuss:

  • How ideas for products are shaped
  • The transformation process to generate the events, and testing of these events
  • Selection of the actual event that will be taken commercial
  • The safety assessments that are conducted to meet global guidelines before a product is placed on the market

We will conclude with a brief description of the current status and use of these products in the US, and worldwide.

Who Should Attend this Webinar?

Anyone who eats food and wants to understand better how these agricultural solutions that contribute to sustainable food production is welcome. You are at any level in your organizations.

What are 2-3 of the Biggest Takeaways that Attendees will get from this Webinar?

  • These are products in heavily regulated in global markets
  • These products are evaluated by multiple regulatory agencies worldwide to confirm their safety prior to placing on the market
  • To date no negative safety issues have been found to be associated with these products

About the Presenter:

Dr. Laura Privalle received her B. S. in biochemistry and M. S. in botany from Virginia Tech. She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin. Following a post-doctorate at Duke University, she joined Ciba-Geigy in their Agricultural Biotechnology Research Unit, currently known as Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. Dr. Privalle headed the Regulatory Science Laboratory which had the responsibility for generating much of the data used in the safety assessment of transgenic products for global regulatory dossiers. She was part of the effort in registering the first transgenic maize product, Bt Event 176.

In 2003, Dr. Privalle joined BASF Plant Science, LP, where she served as the Head of Regulatory Science. In 2013, Dr. Privalle joined Bayer CropScience as the Global Head of Regulatory Field Studies. In 2018, she again became associated with BASF as Head of Product Safety. She has also participated in many industry committees including the International Food Biotechnology Steering Committee of the International Life Sciences Institute, the Protein Allergenicity Technical Committee of the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute, and the Environmental Risk Assessment Project Team of Crop Life International. She is currently a member of the Faculty of 1000