Sponsor Company Descriptions

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AAALAC International

AAALAC International provides accreditation, assessment and education services for agricultural and biomedical animal research programs. Earning accreditation assures investors, research partners, funding sources and the public of your commitment to high quality research and good science.  More than 900 institutions in 39 countries have earned AAALAC accreditation.

Avitus Group

Avitus Group is a business services company, designed to take away the headaches for business owners.  They offer Payroll, Employee Compensation, Bookkeeping, Training, Recruiting, Tax Planning & Preparation, Business Valuation, HR, Benefit Offering & Administration, Employment Regulation Expertise, Risk & Safety, Business Planning, Online Marketing, and IT.

Christiansen Land & Cattle, Ltd.

Christiansen Land & Cattle, Ltd, a farming & ranching organization in central South Dakota, strives for excellence in crop production and livestock management. During the past 10 years, CLC has also provided livestock management services to a biotech company in South Dakota, SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc.


Elanco is a global innovation-driven company that develops and markets products to improve animal health and food animal production in more than 75 countries. Elanco employs more than 3,000 people worldwide, with offices in more than 40 countries, and is a division of Eli Lilly and Company.

Exemplar Genetics

Exemplar Genetics creates miniswine models of human disease.  Genetically engineered miniswine models more accurately mimic human disease phenotype, making them valuable translational tools.  Models include LDLR, CFTR, P53, DMD and additional rare disease models.  Exemplar also creates custom models for your specific research needs.  

GMO Answers

GMO Answers is an initiative committed to responding to your questions about how food is grown. Funded by the Council for Biotechnology Information’s members – BASF, Bayer CropScience, Dow, DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto and Syngenta – GMO Answers’ goal is to make information about GMOs in food and agriculture easier to access and understand. 

McKee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C.

McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC ("MVS") is a Des Moines, Iowa intellectual property boutique law firm.  MVS provides expertise in all areas of patent, trademark and copyright law as well as intellectual property litigation.  MVS fosters partnerships with our clients; inventors, entrepreneurs,  artists, researchers, universities and Fortune 500 companies.


Novozymes drives industries forward by rethinking where and how biosolutions can be used. Every day, we invest in solving America’s challenges with nature. Our enzymes, microorganisms, and biopharmaceutical ingredients help produce consumer products, including biofuel, detergents, feed, and crops. The enzymes we create for animal nutrition help improve the digestion processes, making the most of the feed while keeping feed costs low. Our US locations include California, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Novozymes is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen A/S (NZYM B).

Patterson Thuente IP

Patterson Thuente IP helps life sciences companies worldwide protect—and profit from—their ideas. Practicing in the areas of patents, trademark, IP litigation, copyright and trade secrets, international IP law, licensing, post-grant proceedings and IP portfolio management, the firm’s attorneys excel at finding strategic solutions to complex intellectual property matters.


Polsinelli PC

With more than 740 attorneys in 19 offices, Polsinelli serves clients nationally and internationally to provide a practical focus on client success.  Polsinelli’s Intellectual Property practice handles the most complex issues facing a wide array of technology companies including bioscience, life science, and animal science companies.



Recombinetics, the recognized global leader in the rapidly emerging field of gene editing, develops livestock products for agriculture, biomedical and regenerative medicine. The company uses a suite of technologies, including its proprietary TALEN gene editing platform, to develop products for its three market-focused subsidiaries, Acceligen, Surrogen and Regenevida.

SAB Biotherapeutics

SAB Biotherapeutics is a biotechnology company located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota that has developed some of the most advanced molecular genetics and antibody science in the world, and now offers a next generation technology platform in genetically engineered cattle for the production of fully human antibody therapeutics. http://www.sabbiotherapeutics.com/

Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in nine states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ghana, Israel, Mexico and China.

South Dakota Biotech

The South Dakota Biotech Association is the state affiliate of the Biotechnology
Industry Organization (BIO). This non-profit association is focused on the growth and development of biotechnology in South Dakota, serving member organizations, businesses, universities, service providers and state-wide economic development entities to expand the bioscience industry.

South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota is a top state ranking state for doing business and a great place for companies in the bioscience industry. No other state is able to offer the superb business climate, educated workforce and collaboration opportunities that you will find in South Dakota. At the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, we work to expand primary job opportunities in South Dakota and we work with local EDCs to expand and diversify the state’s economy, as well as administer a variety of financing programs.

South Dakota State University 

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU offers more than 175 majors, minors and specializations, including 29 master’s degrees, 13 Ph.D. and two professional programs. The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Extension and AES sites across the state. 


Trans Ova Genetics

Trans Ova Genetics is internationally recognized as a provider of industry-leading reproductive technologies including embryo transfer, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), sexed-semen, genetic preservation and ViaGen cloning technology. These “tools” are available for breeders looking to achieve specific reproductive goals. Trans Ova offers an integrated system of regional centers, satellite stations and on-farm application of reproductive technologies.


Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health,  Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostics products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services.