ISA Philly Section: "From Precision Agriculture to Prescriptive Agriculture - A Global Restructuring of the Food System" - Online Technical Meeting
Program Information: Join Dr. Bia Henriques as she discusses the current state of Automation in Agriculture. From Precision Agriculture to Prescriptive Agriculture - A Global Restructuring of the Food System will be presented by ISA Philly virtually on June 14 via TEAMS.
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According to UN reports, global population will increase by 2.5 billion over the next 30 years. At the same time, the number of people living in cities globally will increase from 50% today to almost 70%. Combined, it means that significantly more food will have to be produced with less people involved in actual food production. Sustaining the current way of doing agriculture, in the light of significant increase in the need for global food production, is not possible. Combating these challenges, doing more with fewer resources, requires a new approach to the food production system. In this talk, Dr. Bia Henriques will explain how restructuring the food system is the only way to sustainably protect and feed the world.
About our speaker: Bia is a PPM at Takeda Pharmaceuticals and an independent consultant. She is an experienced executive with extensive business development and venture due diligence background in companies focused on Life Sciences, BioTech, Agriculture, BioPharma and Pharma. She has over 12 years of experience in accelerators/incubators, private venture, risk capital, business & product development in areas of conceptualization, IP strategy, product launch, acquisition integration, M&A and global business growth. Dr. Henriques is an expert in driving exponential changes throughout cross-functional teams, aligning players internally and externally, to successfully execute and manage enterprise-wide operations and support the organization’s businesses and services. Her proven strong management expertise leveraging technical background and operational experience has made her a well after sought SME and consultant for global organizations focused on making the world and its food system sustainable and reliable. As a consultant, she evaluates business opportunities globally while assisting in de-risking the process of their disruptive technologies thus helping investors better understand the landscape and streamline their investment decision making process. Dr. Henriques works with accredited investors to assemble a diversified portfolio of the Midwest’s most promising emerging growth companies through their own financial advisors. She performs business, financial and other diligence and analyses of start-ups, sources deals in agriculture, pharmaceutical and biotech verticals to fill the pipeline for investment, filters potential investment opportunities across all verticals to ensure quality and depth of the management team, scope and viability of the business opportunity, terms of the offering, precedent transactions and pathway to liquidity. Bia holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering, a MSc in Chemical Engineering, and a PhD in Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, all from Washington University in St. Louis and is fluent in 4 languages.