Wednesday, February 1, 2012

AgReturn San Francisco Presents: Joshua Hofheimer, Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP

We are proud to present, our esteemed colleague Joshua Hofheimer, Counsul at Sidley Austin LLP. Joshua will be leading the charge as Conference Chairman at AgReturn SanFrancisco in March 2012. 

We look forward to his stewardship throughout the conference as we discuss the emerging opportunities in water and agriculture.

In addition, we are excited to announce that we will be releasing a podcast with Joshua later on this month. Given Joshua’s extensive background in agtech development, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, crop technology and business development strategies for agribusiness, the podcast promises to be an insightful stimulus towards the larger AgReturn dialogue.

Be sure to come back after the 21st of February to hear Joshua’s podcast and get a taste of what's to come at AgReturn San Francisco!

-          The AgReturn Team

Speaker Spotlight! AgReturnSan Francisco presents:

Joshua Hofheimer – Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP

JOSHUA T. HOFHEIMER combines more than a decade of corporate and commercial legal practice with the experience having run a public company to bring his clients focused, practical counsel to help them grow their business and maximize their value and returns. 

His practice focuses on representing clients in agriculture, life sciences and information technology sectors. Mr. Hofheimer’s work spans a broad array of technology, intellectual property and commercial transactions ranging from agricultural technology to medical devices and pharmaceuticals, software, Internet and new media transactions and includes developing and implementing business strategies for commercialization of multiple intellectual property platforms. 

Notably, he represented Monsanto Company in the ground-breaking 2007 Yield and Stress Collaboration Agreement with BASF Plant Sciences LLC to develop high yield and stress tolerant transgenic plant products. 

He also has negotiated research, funding and commercialization agreements and technology spin-outs, as well as developed strategies to exploit proprietary products growing out of the research programs of agri-tech and bio-tech clientele.

From 2008-2010, Mr. Hofheimer was the CEO/Managing Director of Australia’s first publicly listed ag-biotech companies, Hexima Limited (HXL:ASX). While at Hexima, Mr. Hofheimer led the company’s successful effort to forge a commercial path for its disease control platform, entering into a development and commercialization agreement with Dupont company, Pioneer Hi-Bred. The company established further commercial relationships with leading agribusinesses, Monsanto and Bayer Crop Science, and Australian research centers. 

Mr. Hofheimer also currently serves on the board of directors of the Australian Center for Plant Functional Genomics, advising on international commercial and strategic development.

To register, visit Attendees can register for all three days at one low price or make the choice to attend the Agriculture 2.0 Symposium or Main Conference only. Brochures can be downloaded online.

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