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Animal Health in the Heartland

Animal Health in the Heartland

5/24/2022 - 5/25/2022


Bio Nebraska and IowaBio present the Animal Health in the Heartland Symposium, where industry leaders and professionals in the animal health industry address critical and important conversations surrounding animal health innovation, management and sustainability. This year’s symposium features a site tour and networking reception on day one, followed by a substantive agenda packed full of important animal health topics on day two.



Animal Health in the Heartland Panel Overviews

Animal Disease Management and Prevention 

This panel will explore: 

  • Vaccination programs vs. antibiotic usage
  • Diagnostics, testing, and modeling, including traceability and spread control
  • Utilizing technology and data to prevent and control outbreaks
  • Zoonotic diseases and lessons learned from COVID-19


  • Josh Johnson, Director of Biologic Operations, Huvepharma


  • Ryan Vander Veen, PhD, R&D Director, Huvepharma 
  • Dustin Loy DVM, PhD, DACVM, Associate Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic Microbiology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Phil Gauger, PhD, Associate Professor and Veterinary Diagnostician, Iowa State University, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Luke Baldwin, DVM, MAM, Director of Veterinary Services, Animal Welfare, and Biosecurity, Lincoln Premium Poultry 
  • Kent Doolittle, Swine Sales Manager, IDEXX

New Innovations in Animal Health

Learn about how new innovations in the animal health industry have the potential to redefine industry practices and support continued industry growth. 


  • Paul Koffman, Executive Director, North American Merck Animal Health Intelligence Business: “Using Biometric-Monitoring Technology to Transform Delivery of Animal Health and Wellness”
  • Dr. Rick Sibbel, Strategic and Technical Lead, Mazen Animal Health: “Achieving the Dream of Oral Vaccination”
  • Scott Niewohner, Founder and CEO, Birds Eye Robotics: “The Trickle-Down Effect of Robotics into Ag Bioscience and Animal Health”
  • Murali Deshpande, Phibro Animal Health Corporation: “A Multi-Valent PRRSV Vaccine to Protect Against Heterologous PRRSV Isolates”

Industry Sustainability  

As food demand rises alongside global human population growth, panelists will explore ways to preserve essential resources while striving to meet demand and providing transparency to a consumer market that’s more focused than ever on sustainability


  • Sarah Gallo, Vice President, Agriculture & Environment, Biotechnology Innovation Organization


  • Eric Mittenthal, Chief Strategy Officer, North American Meat Institute
  • Herve Hartmann, General Manager, Veramaris, LLC
  • Joseph D. Sweeney, Chief Executive Officer, Eagle’s Catch

U.S. Policy Outlook

Panelists discuss changes and new policies under the Biden Administration and what that means for the agricultural industry. 


  • Jordan Dux, Director of National Affairs, Nebraska Farm Bureau


  • Iowa Pork Producers Association
  • Kris Johansen, Associate Director of External Relations at National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE)
  • Michael Dolch, Director, Public Affairs, Iowa Soybean Association
  • Amelia Breinig, Director, Government Relations, Merck Animal Health


Symposium Venue

Nebraska Innovation Campus

2021 Transformation Drive

Lincoln, Nebraska 68508

*Lodging and reception details to come at a later date.

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Nebraska Innovation Campus
2021 Transformation Dr Suite 112
Lincoln, NE 68508 United States
Event Contact
Melanie Brown
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5/24/2022 - 5/25/2022
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