FIAAP 2018 Speakers

Dr. Jarosław Dastych is the founder, CEO and president of the board of Proteon Pharmaceuticals S.A., a biotechnology company developing alternatives to antibiotics in animal, plant and human health. After receiving his Ph.D. in Medical Biology from the Medical University of Łódź, Dastych started his scientific career at the Polish Academy of Sciences; worked for several years at the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH); and established the first research laboratory at the newly created International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw. In 2005, he created Proteon Pharmaceuticals. Dastych has authored more than 40 publications in international scientific journals and co-authored four biotechnology-related patents.

Dr. Maarten De Gussem is a poultry consultant and founder of Vetworks, an independent consultancy agency providing technical and project management support to the animal production and veterinary pharmaceutical industry. Vetworks services the poultry industry with a global team of specialists, with a focus on mycoplasmosis, general gut health and coccidiosis. Maarten De Gussem graduated as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Ghent Veterinary School in 2000.

Dr. Kevin Herrick serves as the technical services director for POET Nutrition. In this role, Herrick supports sales, marketing and research efforts for ethanol co-products from the 27 ethanol biorefineries in the POET, Inc. network. He received his Ph.D. from South Dakota State University.

Spencer Lawson is the manager of UP/C Technology with Wenger Manufacturing. He is exclusively involved with the process technology for extrusion in livestock feed systems. Lawson received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University in 2006.

André Meeusen is a senior consultant in animal nutrition and feed additives. For the last 20 years he has been working for Dutch and Belgian feed companies specializing in research and development for new feed additives. During this time, he developed the concept of Eubiotic Nutrition, based on the use of non-antibiotic feed additives combined with novel nutritional principles. Meeusen obtained his masters in Animal Science from the University of Ghent (Belgium), with specialization in animal production and nutrition.

Dr. Christine Potthast is Agromed Austria GmbH’s director of research and development since 2016. She has 24 years of animal nutrition experience, working in both the feed industry and in research.

Jackie Roembke is the editor of Feed Strategy magazine, published by WATT Global Media. Prior to the launch of Feed Strategy in 2018, she was the editor of WATT’s Feed Management and Feed International magazines. Roembke has worked in trade publishing since 2003.

Dr. Bob Thaler is a professor at South Dakota State University, where he has served as Extension Swine Specialist with an emphasis in swine nutrition and management since 1988. He has consulted extensively in China and Southeast Asia since 1993, and has received numerous regional and national awards. Dr. Thaler was recently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and will be working at the Vietnam National University of Agriculture in Hanoi from January through May of 2018.

Dr. Jan Dirk van der Klis is Delacon’s director of products and innovation and species leader – poultry. Van der Klis started his career in poultry nutrition at Spelderholt Institute in the Netherlands, and completed his Ph.D. in animal nutrition at Wageningen Agricultural University. After working for several Dutch research institutes and developing the retainable phosphorus system for poultry, he wrote the first scientific publication on the efficacy of phytase in laying hens.