Discovery to Innovation in Animal Health.

The DIAH Conference brings together early developers and companies to stimulate innovation!

There is a clear need in the animal health sector in Europe to bring early developers (academia, research organisations, spin-offs/start-ups) and medium- to big sized companies together to facilitate interaction and collaboration between them and thus stimulate innovation.

To fill this gap this conference differentiates from B2B conferences and focuses on innovation in animal health through collaboration in the phase of pre-development / discovery / proof-of-concept: Discovery to Innovation in Animal Health (DIAH).

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The DIAH-conference will be characterised by:

  • A limited number of participants (eg. max. 200 delegates) and more, informal, interactions between them
  • A focus on co-development and R&D-collaborations between industry and academia/research organisations

Speakers and panelists

Emmanuel Hanon CEO Vicebio
Sven Arnouts Business Development Manager Ghent University - Provaxs
Lourdes Mottier Head of Business Development Strategy Elanco Animal Health
Hans Nauwynck - Panelist Professor University of Ghent
Michael Hemprich - Moderator
Stefaan Wera Chief Operating Officer/Co-founder Virovet
Joris Vandeputte - Moderator President and Founder VacciM
Lauren Carde - Moderator V.P. Operations and Regulatory Affairs Paul Dick and Associates
Klaus Hellmann - Moderator Chief Veterinary Officer Argenta
Vladimir Pucovsky Scientific Administrator EMA Europa
Jose Carlos Mancera - panelist Senior Clinical Manager Zoetis
Liesbeth Ceelen - Moderator CEO BioLizard
Stein Aerts - panelist Scientific Director & Group Leader VIB
Daniel Jameson - panelist CEO Biorelate
Johannes Charlier Managing Director Kreavet
Jan Wauters Science & Technology Counselor Flanders Investment & Trade
Roxane Feller Secretary General Animal Health Europe
Hans Van Der Weken Postdoctoral Researcher Ghent University
Niels Vander Elst Postdoctoral Researcher Ghent University & KULeuven
Jeroen De Buck Professor Veterinary Microbiology University of Calgary
Kathleen Marchal Professor Bioinformatics University of Ghent
Paul Hodgson Director of Operations VIDO
Nathalie Vanderheijden Coordinator fot the EUP AH&W University of Ghent
Ann Martens Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Ghent University
Lionel Malbec Product Manager Quantoom Biosciences
Lucas Decuypere CEO Allegro
Jelena Suran CEO Apiotix Technologies
Paul Dick Founder and President Paul Dick and Associates
Laetitia Cicchelero Cross-Health platform coordinator - Provaxs University of Ghent
Hervé Poulet Director of Strategic Partnering Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health
Eduardo Pontes Associate Director Research Alliances (EU) - External Innovation Zoetis
Filip Goossens Senior Investment Manager PMV
Sanjay Vashee Professor and Rockville Campus Director J. Craig Venter Institute
Lucy Davidson Professor of Veterinary Clinical Genetics and MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow Royal Veterinary College
Charles Owen CEO 272BIO
Annelies Bogaerts CDO Benno Therapeutics
Andrea Mariani CEO Soundsafe Care
Thomas Demeester Assistant Professor University of Ghent
Matthias Hofer Managing Partner SC Group (Stonehaven Cozmix Group AG)
Mathieu Peyrou Global Pharmaceuticals Development Director CEVA
Steve Nanchen Head external innovation Elanco

One to One sessions

Well before the start of the conference, you will be able to book one-to-one meetings with researchers, academia, funders, and industry. These meetings are a very efficient way to network, learn about each other’s activities and identify new opportunities for collaboration.

Goals and objectives:

  • Enable networking among different actors in the field, including researchers, academia, funders, and industry
  • Improve access of industry to front-edge technologies and expertise in academia
  • Familiarize researchers with the innovation pipeline process, stages of product development, IP and the regulatory frameworks
  • Learn young and entrepreneurial researchers to pitch their technology to industry

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Special thanks to our sponsors!

This event is made possible thanks to these organisations & companies who gave their support to our conference. Big thanks to all of them!

Boehringer Ingelheim
Flanders Investment and Trade
MSD Animal Health
SC Group
Paws Pharmaceuticals
Animal Health Europe
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