Asian Solanaceous & Cucurbits Round Table 11 August 2021 / 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (GMT+7)

Expert Talk on Crop Improvement - Webinar 5
Wednesday the 11th of August 2021
2:00pm - 4:00 pm (GMT+7)


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THEME: Genome Editing and the Asian Regulatory Landscape

(GMT +7)   
14:00 - 14:05   

Mr. Muhammad Moazzam - APSA, Technical Program Manager 

14:05 - 14:10   

Opening Remark:
Dr. Divya Ashish - APSA R&D Advisory Group, Member

14:10 - 14:40   

Gene Edited Tomato for Human Health
Dr. Hiroshi Ezura from University of Tsukuba, Japan
An experienced plant molecular researcher, the Director of Plant Innovation Research Center at University of Tsukuba, Dr. Hiroshi has extensive experience in gene editing in Solanaceae and Cucurbitaceae crops. He recently Developed the High GABA Tomato utilizing the CRISPR-Cas gene editing method.

14:40 - 15:00   

Discussion and Q&A Session
Dr. Divya Ashish - APSA R&D Advisory Group, Member

15:00 - 15:30   
What Strategy for Gene-Edited Crops in the Current Legal Uncertainty in Asia and Beyond?
Mr. Fabrice Mattei from ROUSE & Co. International (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
With 20 years of experience in patent protection and litigation in South-East Asia, Mr. Fabrice is patent attorney and partner with ROUSE. He is also a member of European Patent Office and consultant at Word Intellectual Property Organization.
15:30 - 15:50   

Discussion and Q&A Session
Moderator: Mr. Shreeshail Hadapad - APSA R&D Advisory Group, Member

15:50 - 16:00   

Closing Remarks & Update 6th ASCRT Webinar
Mr. Shreeshail Hadapad - APSA R&D Advisory Group, Member
Mr. Muhammad Moazzam - APSA, Technical Program Manager


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Dr. Hiroshi Ezura
University of Tsukuba, Japan

A professor at the University of Tsukuba, Japan and Director of the Tsukuba Plant Innovation Research Center, University of Tsukuba. He is a scientist in the field of molecular breeding of Solanaceae and Cucurbitaceae crops. Major research interests include research and development of biotechnology including cell and tissue culture, GM crops, new plant breeding techniques such as gene editing. Recent interests also include food security research, and focusing on how plant science can contribute to achieve a food security in the world. During his career, he has spent a lot of time for practical application of biotechnologies. More recently he is focusing on application of gene editing technology for improvement of horticultural crops like tomato. He has led a Japanese national project on application of gene editing technologies for improvement of agricultural products (so called SIP project), where they were successful in developing a CRISPR-tomato cultivar with high GABA contents (High GABA tomato), expecting health-promoting functions in human. In 2018, he helped to established a UTsukuba-Venture company, and currently serves as a Chief Technology Officer (CTO).  The company is successful in commercialization of the gene-edited tomato in Japan in 2021.

Mr. Fabrice Mattei
ROUSE & Co. International (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Fabrice Mattei is a patent attorney and partner with the IP law firm ROUSE & Co. International (Thailand), where he co-manages the global patent group. He has over 20 years of experience in patent protection and litigation in South-East Asia.  He is a member of the Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (EPO) and a consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on biodiversity. Fabrice is a researcher on climate science at the University of Edinburgh, Carbon Innovation Center.

What Strategy for Gene-Edited Crops in the Current Legal Uncertainty in Asia and Beyond?

From North to South, governments struggle with the regulatory status of gene-edited crops. Are they regulated under GMOs? Should they be regulated on their own? How to develop winning R&D and commercialization strategies for edited crops when facing with over-cautious policies and regulatory uncertainty?  The presentation will address those challenges through the lenses of research and market access rules, safety regulation, labelling issues and patent protection in Asia, Europe and US/Canada. Ahead of the COP 26 on Climate Change, updates will also be provided on the positive impacts of recent climate change policy developments on the acceptance and growth of gene-edited crops.