After Animals uncovers trends and stories at the cutting edge of the global post-animal movement. What does a future look like, in which food, fashion and entertainment no longer have to exploit animals to be successful? In each episode, we share a remarkable and inspiring story about someone who is forging a more compassionate future for us all. After Animals seeks to activate a kinder, more compassionate world through innovation.
Animal Testing Will End in our Lifetimes. Here's How - Center for Contemporary Sciences' Dr. Aysha Akhtar
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has noted that a staggering 95% of all drugs shown to be safe and effective in animal tests FAIL in human trials because they don't work or are dangerous. This is just one sobering data point from a growing body of evidence that animal-based research doesn't translate to human health. Dr. Aysha Akhtar is the CEO and President of the Center for Contemporary Sciences. She and her team at CCS are working to accelerate the industry's shift towards more innovative, reliable, and promising scientific testing methods that draw from human biology vs. animals. In this episode, she explains why we can end unreliable and cruel animal testing within our lifetimes... and replace it with something far better for the future of human health. It's an eye-opening and hopeful interview, filled with facts, data, and anecdotes on an important topic. Center For Contemporary Sciences' website: https://www.contemporarysciences.org/
Baby Formula 2.0: Is Lab-Grown Breastmilk the Next Parenting Trend? - TurtleTree Labs' Fengru Lin & Max Rye
TurtleTree Labs—a Singapore-based startup—has set its sights on disrupting the baby formula industry, which is projected to grow to US$103 Billion by 2026. Co-founders Fengru Lin and Max Rye explain how they are using donated human stem cells to create mammary cells in the lab that lactate real human breast milk! Their first-of-its-kind biotech approach is getting a lot of support—from investors and from the Singaporean government—and the company believes it could be in the market within the next year. Once they perfect human breast milk, they plan to expand their sustainable, contaminant-free milk production methods to encompass other mammalian species including cows.
Bye '80s Pleather. This "Animal-Free" Trend is About to Go Mainstream - Material Innovation Initiative's Nicole Rawling
From making leather out of mushrooms to growing silk in a lab, innovative textile startups around the world are reinventing how we make and consume materials. Nicole Rawling is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Material Innovation Initiative. Her organization is working to bring together scientists, entrepreneurs, retailers, and consumers—to accelerate the global trend towards a new era of animal-free fashion, automotive, and home goods industries. In this episode, she shares: - The story behind Material Innovation Initiative and this growing movement. - The reasons why we need to stop relying on animal materials such as leather, wool, silk, down, fur, and exotic skins. - The unique and cutting-edge types of innovation and technologies next-gen material startups are using. - How the next-gen materials trend might go mainstream even faster than the fast-growing plant-based food and meat alternatives industry. AND how to learn more—or get involved in this space. Material Innovation Initiative's website: https://www.materialinnovation.org/
How Fungi-Based "Super Bacon" Could Revolutionize Plant-Based Eating - Prime Roots' Kimberlie Le
Prime Roots' co-founder & CEO Kimberlie Le and her team are working to bring a new more affordable, ethical, nutritious, and sustainable protein to the world. How? The Berkeley, California-based startup is creating high protein meats and seafood—including their landmark bacon product—from a revolutionary whole food superprotein: Koji. And, they are growing, packing, and distributing it from their facilities, which drives down costs and resources while ramping up production. Prime Roots website: https://www.primeroots.com/
This Sci-Fi Inspired Japanese Startup is Taking Lab-Grown Meat Mainstream. Here’s how - Integriculture and Shojin Meat Project’s Yuki Hanyu
Yuki Hanyu is the CEO of Integriculture, a rising Japanese biotech startup that recently raised $7.4 million to take cell-based protein production to the next level, globally. He’s also the founder of the Shojinmeat Project, a community of home-made cultured meat growers and enthusiasts. In this interview, Yuki shares with us what space travel, Japanese manga (and anime) and lab-grown meat have in common for him. Integriculture’s website: https://integriculture.jp/?locale=en Shojinmeat Project’s website: https://shojinmeat.com/wordpress/en/ My Food Job Rocks website: https://myfoodjobrocks.com/ Cultured Meat Symposium website: https://2020.cmsymp.com/ Music interlude created by Lee Rosevere.
This Company is Reconstructing Mozzarella from the Molecular Level - New Culture's Dr. Inja Radman
We hope this episode will bring optimism in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Food startup New Culture is creating mozzarella (and other dairy products) without the “moo.” Their secret strategy? Drawing from the same science that makes animal-based cheese taste so good to humans. Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Inja Radman gives us an inside look. New Culture’s website: https://www.newculturefood.com/
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