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Cultured Meat and Future Food is a short-form podcast series discussing the role of plant based food, cultivated meat and food technology. The show is focused on asking industry leaders questions for an audience with a non-scientific background. Cultured Meat and Future Food is targeted towards entrepreneurs interested in the food technology space. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/futurefoodshow/support

Cultured Meat and Future Food Podcast Alex Shirazi

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

Cultured Meat and Future Food is a short-form podcast series discussing the role of plant based food, cultivated meat and food technology. The show is focused on asking industry leaders questions for an audience with a non-scientific background. Cultured Meat and Future Food is targeted towards entrepreneurs interested in the food technology space. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/futurefoodshow/support

    Elysabeth Alfano of VegTech™ Invest

    Elysabeth Alfano of VegTech™ Invest

    Elysabeth Alfano is the CEO of VegTech™ Invest, the advisor to the VegTech™ Plant-based Innovation & Climate ETF. The VegTech™ ETF has created a completely new impact asset class: plant-based innovation and alternative in the capital markets. The company has also launched the industry benchmark index, VegTech™ Plant-based Innovation & Alternative Proteins Index. Elysabeth is a plant-based industry expert and speaks globally on the intersection of sustainability and our global food supply system, including recently at the U.N. Global Leaders Compact Summit. She is the CEO of Plant Powered Consulting, and advised multinationals and C-Suite Executives on the industry landscape, direction and whitespaces. Finally, Elysabeth hosts the Plantbased Business Hour, which features the CEOs and thought leaders in the industry. The Plantbased Business Hour is considered, “The Gold Standard” for those who want to understand, participate in, and capitalize on this secular trend.

    Learn more about Future Food Tech Alternative Proteins at www.futurefoodtechprotein.com


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    • 34 min
    Laura Katz of Helaina

    Laura Katz of Helaina

    Laura is the Founder and CEO of Helaina. Founded in 2019, Helaina is the first company to produce human milk proteins that are identical to those in breast milk, creating a new category of infant formula. Disrupting the infant formula category which has been stagnant for decades, Helaina has raised more than $25 million. Laura became NYU’s youngest ever adjunct professor in Food Science & Technology in 2017 and was featured in Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in 2022.



    Learn more about Helaina at www.myhelaina.com

    Learn more about Future Food Tech Alternative Proteins at www.futurefoodtechprotein.com


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    • 24 min
    Will Patrick of Culture Biosciences

    Will Patrick of Culture Biosciences

    Alex sits down with Will Patrick of Culture Biosciences, the company leading the way for bioreactors in the cloud. 

    Design, monitor, and analyze high-throughput bioreactor experiments in Culture's Cloud Lab from your laptop. 

    Culture essentially acts as a Bioreactor in the cloud allowing companies to radically accelerate their research. We learn about the basics of the platform and the ideal applications.

    Learn more about Culture Biosciences at https://www.culturebiosciences.com/


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    • 43 min
    Trevor Williams of the Farm Traveler Podcast

    Trevor Williams of the Farm Traveler Podcast

    Trevor Williams is a former high school agriscience teacher turned podcaster that started the FarmTraveler podcast in 2019.  Farm Traveler has one goal, that being to connect consumers with farmers, ranchers, and entrepreneurs in the agriculture industry.  Trevor has published over 150 podcast episodes, educational videos, and Farm Tours on the Farm Traveler Youtube channel, and produces two other agriculture-focused podcasts.



    Subscribe to the Farm Traveler Podcast at https://thefarmtraveler.com/

    Listen to Alex's episode on the Farm Traveler Podcast at https://thefarmtraveler.com/2022/04/13/ep-145-what-is-cultured-meat/


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    • 46 min
    Michele Simon

    Michele Simon

    As a public health attorney, food policy expert, author, and thought leader, Michele uses her passionate and fearless voice to advocate for a better food system through her writing, media appearances, and consulting.

    Michele’s extensive writings on the politics of food and alcohol led to the publication of her first book in 2006, Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back. NYU Professor Marion Nestle described it as “brilliant.”

    Michele founded the Plant Based Foods Association in 2016. As Executive Director of the nation’s only membership association to promote the interests of plant-based food companies, she grew the organization to over 300 members and led a team of policy and retail experts. Her leadership and strategic efforts enabled PBFA to fight the powerful meat and dairy lobbies, while forging new marketplace opportunities for the industry.

    Michele currently runs her own strategy consulting business, where she offers advice on policy, media relations, investing, and coaching for women.

    Michele Simon is admitted to practice law in California, has a master’s degree in public health from Yale University and received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

    We cover a lot of diverse topics and I will be first to admit that it was very interesting to understand certain viewpoints as it comes to reducing animals in the food system, restaurants offering vegan options (and whether that’s a good thing), and taking a closer look at reporting that’s out there in the industry now.


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    Tim Olsen of Merck, KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

    Tim Olsen of Merck, KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

    Thanks for tuning in to the Cultured Meat and Future Food Podcast. On this episode we are exciting to have Tim Olsen of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

    Tim joined Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany in 2020 as Head of Commercial for the Cultured Meat program. His goal is to commercialize technologies that enable large scale cost effective and sustainable production of cultured meat and seafood products. Previously, Tim directed laboratory operations and led the development of bioinks at Allevi, a 3D bioprinting company. Tim then held the Senior Scientist position on the Process and Product Development team at RoosterBio, a regenerative medicine company focused on fueling the rapid commercialization of scalable human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) and exosome manufacturing technologies. His skillsets include stem cell culture optimization, media development, and scaling manufacturing in bioreactor systems. Tim then transitioned into commercial operations at RoosterBio as the Northeast USA and Europe Account Manager to leverage his technical skillset to focus on bringing solutions to the customers who were working on bringing regenerative medicine products to the clinic and the market. Tim received a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Clemson University (2015) and sits on the External Advisory Board for the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The College of New Jersey, his undergraduate alma mater.


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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Arlie K ,

Absolutely fascinating!

Alex offers a captivating look at the future of food. No matter the topic, I learn something with every episode!

Paul6 ,

Great podcast

I listen to every episode and find myself regularly learning and being inspired by the people driving celular agriculture forward. Thanks to Alex and Anita for a great service in creating this podcast.

SRetchin ,

Favorite Podcast

This is an amazing podcast to stay up to date with the alt protein space and is one of my favorite podcasts!

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