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Welcome to Bayer Life Talks

The Bayer Life Talks series is designed as a platform for open and public discussion on how innovations in life sciences should play a role in modern economies, and the contribution they can make to overcoming societal challenges. 

The first of the sessions will focus on gene editing, following the European Commission’s recent study on new genomic techniques. Future sessions will be announced in due course. 

If you are interested in learning more about the series, please contact us here.

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Upcoming Session

The Bio Revolution - What's in it for Europe?

09 September 2021 | 10:00 - 11:15 (CEST)

Overview

The United Nations estimates that the global population will reach ten billion over the next 30 years. Therefore, demand on food supplies and healthcare is expected to intensify – problems already exacerbated over the past 12 months by the impact of Covid-19. 

The current pandemic has demonstrated the potential for new technologies to contribute to meeting such challenges. The virus’s genome was sequenced in a matter of weeks, while the mRNA vaccines that are now being rolled out across the world are also significant for future disease treatment. The speed of the scientific response is cause for optimism and indicative of a technological revolution – a ‘Bio Revolution’ – in the life sciences. 

In healthcare, the Bio Revolution opens the way for new approaches to diseases such as cancer, high blood pressure and rheumatoid, with the hope of being able to develop curative therapies for certain diseases.

In agriculture, it aims to transform the cultivation of food while increasing yields and reducing its environmental footprint. DNA sequencing has deepened understanding of how biology works, and tools such as CRISPR, a technology that allows researchers to alter DNA sequences and modify gene function, are now being used to adapt crops to climate change, for instance.  

In Bayer’s view, as societies, we should dare to ask: What if? What if diseases like Parkinson’s weren’t diseases we treat but cure? What if we could create carbon-positive agriculture?  

In addition to offering the opportunity to fundamentally reassess how society will deal with some of the most pressing issues it is facing over the coming decades, the Bio Revolution could significantly contribute to fostering Europe’s competitiveness in new technologies. 

In the end, new innovative solutions are needed if we are to reach the ambitious sustainability goals we have given ourselves while at the same time maintaining a competitive edge on the global scale.

Following the publication of the European Commission’s study on new genomic techniques, this virtual discussion will address the following questions:

What are the opportunities and potential risks of gene-editing in different areas, and what comes next in terms of the innovation potential?
Which ethical and societal concerns must be taken into account when considering the opportunities of gene-editing and potential further evolutions in this area?
How do we build an appropriate legislative framework for these technologies as we advance?  
Will Europe ultimately be part of the Bio Revolution?
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Agenda

Note: All session timings below are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)

10:00 – 10:10

Opening Remarks

10:10 – 10:25

Presentation

10:25 – 11:15

Discussion

11:15

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Speakers including

The event will bring together senior officials from the European institutions, alongside industry, NGOs, academics, and other interested stakeholders.

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Event Partners

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Get in touch

For more information on any aspect of the Bayer Life Talks series, please contact us using the details below:

James Wilmott

Managing Director | Forum Europe

Tel: +44 (0) 7760 160 618

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