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Innovations in Agriculture: Improving Yield, Managing Risks, and Promoting Greater Safety


Jun 12 2023, Monday04:00 PM - 06:00 PM (GMT+08:00)-Kuala Lumpur, Singapore


SGInnovate, 32 Carpenter Street

, Singapore

, 059911


Join us for a discussion on how digital technologies are transforming agriculture in the agritech industry, with a focus on livestock, aquaculture, and plant farming.

This event will bring together experts from Korea and Singapore to examine the opportunities and challenges faced by companies in agriculture when leveraging digital technology to drive innovation and growth while promoting sustainability.

The discussion will cover topics such as:

  • Highlighting the role of digital technologies in improving livestock health, aquaculture genetics, and cultivars of vegetables with traits adapted for indoor farming to promote sustainability.
  • Identifying key digital technologies driving innovation in livestock farming, aquaculture, and indoor plant farming. These include alternative/smart health solutions, nutrient preservation and shelf-life extension technologies, and sustainable feed development.
  • Sharing strategies for adapting and scaling digital solutions in livestock farming, aquaculture, and indoor plant farming to meet the unique challenges of each sector.
  • Exploring partnerships and collaborations with established players in the agriculture industry to drive innovation and sustainability in farming. This includes discussing how these solutions can be relevant to farming insurance.
  • Examining regulatory and ethical considerations in deploying digital technologies in livestock farming, aquaculture, and indoor plant farming.

Date: 12 Jun 2023
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Venue: SGInnovate, 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

4:00pm - 4:30pm: Registration and Networking
4:30pm - 5:30pm: Panel Discussion
5:30pm - 6:00pm: Networking

Speaker Profiles:

Alvin Ng, Director (Corporate Development), Esco Aster

With more than 15 years of experience in enabling innovation and commercialization, Alvin Ng enacted public policies and managed large-scale national R&D initiatives at the Singapore Government’s Prime Minister’s Office (National Research Foundation), facilitated industry-academia collaborations at the Singapore Institute of Technology, and accelerated startups at NUS Enterprise. He co-led global healthtech and foodtech VC investments, and subsequently spearheaded business development efforts in two high-growth deeptech startups. Currently, Alvin is an operating partner at Farquhar VC, whose founding partners have nurtured startups that became regional unicorns such as Patsnap, Osteopore, and Zilliqa. Alvin is also concurrently serving as Director (Corporate Development) at ESCO Aster, the world's leading biomanufacturing partner in biotherapeutics and novel foods (cultivated-meat and complementary proteins). Alvin completed his undergraduate education from Griffith University, and has a PhD in Medicine from the University of Melbourne.

Anton Wibowo, CEO, Trendlines Agrifood Innovation Centre 

Anton Wibowo has more than fourteen years of diverse business, management, and investment experience in the Singaporean biotechnology and agribusiness communities.

He is currently the CEO of Trendlines Agrifood Innovation Centre (AFIC), a startup-incubator and venture capital investor in the sector of agrifood technologies. AFIC is a subsidiary of The Trendlines Group, a leading VC in Israel and listed in SGX.

Prior to AFIC, Anton was the operations director and business development director at Biomax group of companies, an award-winning biotech company involved in recycling agricultural waste into fertilizer and animal feed, Anton led the company’s technical and sales teams.

Anton takes pride in his relationship-building ability, both with internal and key external decision makers and stakeholders, and in his keen insights in identifying and managing critical problem areas.

With a Master of International Business from Central Queensland University and a Bachelor of Engineering (first class honours) from Nanyang Technological University, Anton understands the complexities in setting up and running effective operations.

Boungok Park, CEO, FarmPro Inc.

The CEO, Boungok Park, has seven years of experience in farm operation and a Master's degree in Economics from Nagoya University in Japan. He has experience consulting on livestock and Korean premium cattle.

Kit Yong, Founder, Forte Biotech

Kit is the founder of Forte Biotech. Forte Biotech helps farmers to manage and mitigate farming risks through an easy to use on-site testing system that allows farmers to obtain laboratory-grade PCR results in just one hour. By detecting diseases early, farmers are empowered to take action to save their livestock, enabling them to sell it and ensure cashflow and business stability.

Otavio Lopes, Managing Director, Accenture

Working with agri and food companies for the last 15 years, Otavio has experience on transformations from upstream to downstream in different sub-sectors of the industry like: animal protein, grains and oilseeds, animal nutrition, coffee and cocoa, and fruits among others.

With an international background, Otavio worked in South and North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific

Moderator Profile:

Jerry Lui, Assistant Director, Partnerships, SGInnovate

Within SGInnovate, Jerry takes the lead in fostering collaborations and partnerships to develop the Deep Tech ecosystem in the sustainability and advanced manufacturing domains. His responsibilities include community strategies, nurturing networks, facilitating discussions, and devising impactful programmes. Prior to SGInnovate, Jerry was involved in strategic partnerships in the Singapore Institute of Technology, and catalysing energy R&D and deployments in the Energy Market Authority of Singapore. Jerry's educational qualifications comprise a Master of Science in Management of Technology and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, both obtained from the National University of Singapore (NUS).