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Cultured Meat and Future Food Podcast

Cultured Meat and Future Food Podcast

By Alex Shirazi
Cultured Meat and Future Food is a short-form podcast series discussing the role of plant based food, clean meat, 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.
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Scott Allan - New Harvest Fellowship Series

Cultured Meat and Future Food Podcast

Scott Allan - New Harvest Fellowship Series

Cultured Meat and Future Food Podcast

Dr. Tiffany Lee of the North American Meat Institute
Register for the Cultured Meat Symposium at Tiffany Lee is the director of regulatory and scientific affairs for the North American Meat Institute where she provides informed scientific analysis to its members on many issues, including food safety, food processing, food quality, diet and health, nutrition, public health initiatives, biotechnology, new technologies, research priorities, and animal health. Lee earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degrees from Kansas State University in 2012. After practicing in a mixed animal clinic in Limon, Colorado, she returned to Kansas State University to pursue a PhD degree in Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology.
September 23, 2020
Ricardo M. Gouveia, PhD - New Harvest Fellowship Series
Register for the Cultured Meat Symposium 2020 at  Ricardo completed his Licenciatura degree in Biology from the University of Lisbon, in Portugal, back in 2004, where he developed an eclectic taste for knowledge.  In 2012, his eagerness to expand on my personal and scientific menu of skills found him in the UK, where he joined Professor Che Connon’s Tissue Engineering Lab as a Research Associate. Since then, his research interests have forked into multiple fields, and allowed me to make new and exciting discoveries relevant to areas as diverse as healthcare, bio-manufacture and food.
September 13, 2020
Scott Allan - New Harvest Fellowship Series
Register for the Cultured Meat Symposium 2020 event at  Scott Allan is a New Harvest Research Fellow and PhD student with the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath,  UK.  He is working with Dr Marianne Ellis and Dr Paul De Bank on bioreactor design for scaling up cultured meat production, with a focus hollow fibre bioreactors. Prior to this, Scott obtained his Masters degree in  Chemical Engineering from the University of Bath and has work experience  in both upstream and downstream oil & gas. His final year (senior year) project was an engineering design project,  with individual and group aspects, focusing on the design of a hypothetical large-scale production plant for cultured meat production.  He is now actively pursuing research for a sustainable future in the  Ellis lab, with an interdisciplinary approach at the intersection  between tissue engineering and bioprocess design.
September 1, 2020
Carrie Chan of Avant Meats
Register for the Cultured Meat Symposium at Carrie is a seasoned business executive with a passion for the environment, particularly the impact of our food supply on the planet.  Her expertise is in general management and project delivery.  She managed major real estate developments from ground zero to full operation.  At Avant Meats, Carrie provides the vision, guides the strategy and supervises the implementation. The company’s technology platform focus on fish and seafood products tailored for the food culture of consumers in China and in the region. This episode was recorded in April 2020.
August 9, 2020
Andrew Stout - New Harvest Fellowship Series
Register for the Cultured Meat Symposium 20 at  Alex Shirazi interviews industry veteran Andrew Stout on this episode.  Andrew is a 3rd year PhD candidate in Dr. David Kaplan's Biomedical  Engineering lab at Tufts University. There, he studies how synthetic  biology and metabolic engineering can be applied to cultured meat, with  particular focus on nutritional and/or functional enhancement of  cultured meat products and bioprocesses. Before Tufts, Andrew obtained a B.S. in Materials Science from Rice  University, was a researcher in the lab of Dr. Mark Post at Maastricht  University (where he studied scaffolding materials for cultured meat),  and worked as a research associate at Geltor, Inc., in San Leandro,  California (where he worked on a team engineering microbial strains for  the production of animal free collagen).
August 4, 2020
Dr. Martina Miotto and Leo Groenewegen of CellulaREvolution Ltd.
Alex Shirazi sits down with Dr. Miotto and Leo Groenewegen to chat about the exciting new developments from CellulaREvolution, based in the UK.  Dr. Martina Miotto and  is the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at CellulaREvolution Ltd. She began her studies at the University of Ferrara (Italy), where she completed a BSc in Biotechnology and a MSc in Biomolecular and Cellular Sciences. Subsequently, she moved to Newcastle University (UK) where she completed her PhD in corneal tissue engineering and a significant part of this involved the development of the technology underpinning CellulaREvolution. Following her successful PhD, Dr Miotto has focussed firmly on a commercial career pathway. She initially received a Newcastle University Enterprise Scholarship, followed by an ICURe Fellowship to explore further the market and value proposition. Afterwards, she was awarded an Enterprise Fellowship by the Royal Society of Edinburgh to receive mentoring and training in the business sector. Since the spin-out of CellulaREvolution from the University in July 2019, Martina has led the scientific development of the company. Leo Groenewegen is co-founder Chief Executive Officer at CellulaREvolution Ltd. Leo has extensive experience in the fields of Biotech and Pharmaceuticals. During his career he has enabled a wide array of firms to out-perform by achieving scientific, financial and commercial excellence. As Chief Executive Officer, Leo ensures that the overall goals of the company are achieved. Leo Groenewegen has previously held a position as CFO at a Swedish based biotech company, where besides financing he was also responsible for Investor relations, PR/Communications and Business Development. Some of his other experiences included positions at reputable consulting firms such as IMS Health and Deloitte.
July 25, 2020
Jannis Wollschlaeger - New Harvest Fellowship Series [DE]
Diese Folge ist eine special edition Episode, die von Anita Bröllochs moderiert wird. Die Folge wurde auf Deutsch aufgenommen.  Jannis Wollschlaeger hat seinen Master an der Hochschule Biberach und seinen BS and der Universität Ulm absolviert.  Jannis hat seine Promotion an der Hochschule Reutlingen begonnen und seine Forschung fokussiert sich auf er an der Entwicklung eines definierten, kostengünstigen Co-Kulturmediums, tierfreien Biotinten und einem vereinfachten CAD-Modell der natürlichen Fett- und Muskelgewebe Struktur für den 3D-Druck von Fleisch.  Jannis ist seit Dezember 2019 Teil des New Harvest Fellowship Programms.  -- This is a special edition episode hosted by Anita Broellochs. This episode is recorded in German.  Jannis Wollschlaeger completed his Master Thesis at Hochschule Biberach University of Applied Sciences and his BS at Ulm University. Jannis started his PhD at Reutlingen University and has been focusing his research on the development of a an inexpensive co-culture medium, animal-free bio-inks and a simplified CAD model of the natural fat and muscle tissue structure for 3D Printing Cultured Meat / Meat Bioprinting Jannis has been part of the New Harvest Fellowship Program since December 2019.
July 14, 2020
Jordan Jones - New Harvest Fellowship Series
Alex Shirazi interviews Jordan Jones, who is working on exciting new  technologies that could lead to tremendous milestones in the world of  cultured meat. Jordan Jones grew up in Memphis, TN. He graduated as Valedictorian from  Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering. His interest in biomedical  engineering began in high school through an internship at Memphis  Bioworks. While there, he was able to study cartilage regeneration using  human stem cells.  Jordan then began pursuing a Bachelor of Science  degree in Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute  (WPI). He received several merit scholarships including the  Marshall/Chavez/Means award. Jordan was a research assistant in Dr.  Glenn Gaudette’s laboratory from 2014 to 2016. He worked on numerous  research projects focused on cardiac regeneration, decellularization,  and designed bioreactor systems. For his senior thesis, Jordan designed a  system that utilized decellularized plant vasculature as a model for  medical diagnostics and drug testing. After graduating from WPI, Jordan worked in the medical device industry  from 2016 to 2018. He then returned to WPI to pursue a PhD in Biomedical  Engineering. In 2018 Jordan’s research was displayed at The Centre  Pompidou in Paris, France, in the exhibit “La Fabrique Du Vivant”.  Shortly after returning to WPI, Jordan became a New Harvest research  fellow. He is currently working on developing lab-grown meat. Jordan  uses decellularized plant tissues to form a vascularized scaffold  suitable for 3D bioengineered tissues, including structured meats such  as steak.
July 7, 2020
Dr. James Ryall of Vow
The Cultured Meat Symposium 2020 online event is taking place this October 19-21, 2020. Learn more and register at   On this episode, Alex Shirazi chats with Dr. James Ryall, the CSO of Vow, a cultivated meat company based in Australia.  Doctor James Ryall was awarded his PhD in the field of skeletal muscle physiology in 2006 at The University of Melbourne. In 2008 he was awarded a prestigious research fellowship and from 2008-2013 he worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD (USA) on a project studying the basic biology of skeletal muscle stem cells and the process of muscle regeneration.   In 2013 Dr Ryall returned to Australia and The University of Melbourne, where he was a leading scientist within the Centre for Muscle Research (CMR).   Most recently, Dr Ryall joined Vow in November 2019 as their Chief Scientific Officer and has spent the last seven months building a scientific program around cultured meat and achieving Vow’s goal of creating a cell library for multiple different species.
July 6, 2020
Sam Peabody - New Harvest Fellowship Series
Established in 2004, New Harvest is the non-profit research institute building the field of cellular agriculture. We're partnering with new Harvest for a multi-part series on the Cultured Meat and Future Food Show.  On this episode, we're excited to have Sam Peabody who sits down (virtually) with Alex Shirazi to discuss new and exciting research in the field of cultivated meat.  Samuel S. Peabody IV is a 1st year Ph.D. student of Animal Science at Texas Tech University. His area of research includes the study of Microbiology and Food Safety. His current studies are examining the safety aspects of cell cultured meat, poultry, and seafood.
June 23, 2020
Dr. Nina Buffi and Dr. Jan Saam of
This episode is co-hosted with Anita Broellochs. Nina Buffi obtained her degree of Microengineering in 2009 at the Swiss Institute of Technology Lausanne. After an internship at the University of British Columbia, where she developed a microfluidic chip for impedance cell spectroscopy, she joined the Microsystems Laboratory at EPFL, where she obtained her PhD with a thesis titled "Design and construction of a portable whole-cell living bacterial biosensor for the detection of arsenic in water". In 2014 she moved to Berlin and later she joined OSPIN, a company aiming to establish an open bioprocessing platform as the operating system of modern biotechnology. Since January 2018 she is the OSPIN´s CTO. Jan studied biophysics and after simulating the complex dynamics of biomolecules on super computers he worked as a product designer in software industry for a while. Later he became an innovation manager at a biomedical think tank in Berlin where he got interested in tissue engineering. In 2014 he founded OSPIN, at the beginning with focus on creating automated bioreator systems for tissue engineering projects. Meanwhile OSPIN's technology has developed into a modular platform for bioprocess automation with many different applications. Of course Jan is excited about cultured meat and the fascinating challenges in bioprocessing it poses.
June 19, 2020
Natalie Rubio - New Harvest Fellowship Series
We're excited to announce the New Harvest Fellowship Series. Established in 2004, New Harvest is the non-profit research institute building the field of cellular agriculture. We're partnering with New Harvest for a multi-part series on the Cultured Meat and Future Food Show. We've had conversations with members of the New Harvest leadership previously on this show. Please see our episode with Executive Director Isha Datar and Research Director Dr. Kate Krueger. On this episode, we are delighted to have Natalie Rubio, kicking off the New Harvest Fellowship Series. Natalie is a Ph.D. student at Tufts University in the Biomedical Engineering Department. She works in Dr. David Kaplan's tissue engineering research group. Her research is primarily focused on growing cultured meat from insect cells and developing edible scaffold systems. Prior to graduate school, Natalie worked for New Harvest and Perfect Day Foods. Currently, she is a scientific advisor for two cellular agriculture start-up companies (Bond Pet Foods, Matrix Meats).
June 2, 2020
Liz Marshall - Meat The Future
Alex Shirazi chats with filmmaker Liz Marshall about the upcoming  documentary: Meat The Future (2020). Learn more about the film at  Liz Marshall is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker. Since the 1990s she  has written, produced, directed, and filmed diverse international and  socially conscious documentaries.  Her work has been released theatrically, been broadcast globally, made  available digitally, and has screened for hundreds of grassroots  communities around the globe. Marshall’s visionary feature-length films  explore social justice and environmental themes driven by strong  characters.  Marshall’s current feature documentary Meat The Future , chronicles the  birth of the “clean” “cultured” “cell-based” "cultivated" meat industry  in America through the eyes of pioneer Dr. Uma Valeti. Previous titles  include Midian Farm (2018), Water On The Table (2010), the HIV/AIDS  trilogy for the Stephen Lewis Foundation (2007), to name a few.
April 30, 2020
Bruce Friedrich of The Good Food Institute
Bruce Friedrich is co-founder and executive director of The Good Food Institute. With branches in the United States, India, Israel, Brazil, Europe, and Asia Pacific, GFI is accelerating the production of plant-based and cultivated meat in order to bolster the global protein supply while protecting our environment, promoting global health, and preventing food insecurity and animal cruelty. His TED talk from April 2019 has been viewed more than 2.2m times and has been translated into 23 languages. 
April 18, 2020
Shannon Theobald
Shannon is a data-driven creative-at-heart and her mission is to create a better future by changing the way we produce and consume food.  She is a Jack of All Trades that specializes in consumer-backed business strategy, data analysis, marketing, and policy in the food industry.   Her endeavors center around alternative protein and Food Tech which reduces harmful climate impacts of food production.  Shannon's Podcast: Big Food Big Future Shannon's Book: Printing Your Dinner
April 10, 2020
Gary Schefsky of New Luna Ventures
Gary Schefsky is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of New Luna Ventures. He is also an investor, professor, educational writer and a leading proponent of sustainable impact measurement. New Luna Ventures is a leading impact venture capital advisor and investor in the food, agriculture, energy, community enrichment, and enabling software industries. they help entrepreneurs build sustainable ventures and connect disruptive ideas with investors and partners. Mr Schefsky’s experience in impact investing, knowledge, & add-value support resonants with food 2.0 entrepreneurs. His depth of experience with entrepreneurship, emerging market opportunities, and as an investment professional also provide New Luna Ventures with a powerful combination for success.
April 6, 2020
Tony Hunter - Futurist for food
Tony Hunter is a Global Futurist, Speaker and Foresight Strategy consultant specializing in the Future of Food. He uses his FutureCUBED™ methodology as a structured way of viewing the food, beverage and ag industry’s long term future in 10+ years while linking it back to current events. This enables a practical, real world approach to the task of using foresight strategy to predict the long term Future of Food. He is a passionate believer that AgriFood Tech offers massive opportunities to solve the problems of sustainability and feeding the growing global population. Tony travels the world using his distinctive combination of scientific qualifications, business experience and detailed understanding of exponential food technologies to deliver a unique perspective on the Future of Food. This week, we will be doing something a bit different. I've decided to leave in some of the introductory conversation that I have with guests as I explain the recording process. Stay safe. Stay indoors. Save lives.
April 1, 2020
Kevin Cochran, CEO & Founder of Jackie Mays Grill
Contribute to the campaign here: Kevin Cochran makes his full circle return to the restaurant industry in his newest venture, Jackie Mays Burger Grill. Jackie Mays is the culmination of a career spent in the service of customers, whether in retail, e-commerce, business, or sustainability. After ten years of working up the ranks in many restaurants to becoming the first General Manager of Freebirds World Burrito, Kevin gave up the food business two decades ago for the high tech world, and worked the last ten in clean technology. In his previous role as Chief Operations Officer for an emerging energy and sustainability management company, Kevin led programs to track energy and carbon footprints for organizations like HP, Tesla, VMware, and the City of Sacramento. Trained at top universities in the US and Europe, with an MBA and a certification in Sustainability, he currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Sustainability Management Association. A through-line in Kevin’s career has been a personal passion to combat climate change, of which you can read more on his BLOG at Coming full circle, Kevin’s current venture Jackie Mays, and its climate-friendly and cruelty-free mission, seeks to transform the fast food industry, change the world, and your diet.
February 15, 2020
Björn Öste of Good Idea Drinks and Oatly
Alex Shirazi chats with Björn Öste about starting a food company, his career in tech, and the success of Oatly through the decades. Björn Öste is the founder and CEO of Good Idea, Inc and co-founder of  Oatly. In the last 21 years, Bjorn has spent traveling the globe building markets and supply chains. His focus has been on the business development side of things.  Identifying industry partners, investor groups, various subject matter experts across multiple fields, and markets and disciplines. He sees virtually endless opportunities in the “high tech” food industry where the incumbents have surrendered product innovation to small, focused and dedicated expert companies like the ones he represents. He finds it exceptionally rewarding to be able to work with products on a  global scale that make a real and meaningful difference in the daily lives of many individuals.
January 18, 2020
Ira van Eelen
Alex Shirazi and Ira van Eelen sit down in Maastricht, Netherlands to discuss the historic journey of cultured meat through the last few decades.  Ira van Eelen is a Co-founder of KindEarth.Tech and She is a designer with a demonstrated history of working in event design, healthcare ICT, marketing and the think tank industry. The legacy as the daughter of Willem van Eelen and 40 years of  Clean/Cultured/Cultivated/JUST/InVitro Meat history is converted into speaking about the potential of- and understanding the urgency of this innovation, so that the audience can embrace the idea. She am proud to be able to work on two passions. Cultured meat as legacy from my father and preventive oral healthcare as gift to her son. She is one of the organizes of Kind Earth Tech where Next year, KET events will take place in Paris, Singapore, Amsterdam, London and back in San Francisco early 2021.
December 5, 2019
Food and Artificial Intelligence with Lav Varshney
New Speakers announced! The Cultured Meat Symposium is a conference dedicated to cell-cultured meat or cultivated meat technology. Taking place in San Francisco on November 14 and 15th, check out the speaker line up at Lav Varshney is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, computer science, neuroscience, and industrial engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also chief scientist of Ensaras, Inc. On leave, he is currently a principal research scientist at Salesforce Research, Palo Alto, CA, focusing on AI ethics and AI for social good. He received the B.S. degree from Cornell University in 2004. He received the S.M., E.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006, 2008, and 2010, where his theses received the E. A. Guillemin Thesis Award and the J.-A. Kong Award Honorable Mention. He was a research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center from 2010 until 2013, where he led the design and development of the Chef Watson computational creativity system. Dr. Varshney serves on the advisory board of the AI XPRIZE. He received the IBM Faculty Award in 2014 and was a finalist for the Bell Labs Prize in 2014 and 2016.
October 4, 2019
Ingrid Newkirk, President and Founder of PETA
Ingrid Newkirk is the president and founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She is the subject of the HBO documentary I Am an Animal and has written eight books about helping animals, including Making Kind Choices and The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights. Her new book AnimalKind is due out in January 2020. Her work for animal rights has made headlines around the world.
September 9, 2019
Robert Petrarca of Maxine's Heavenly
Robert Petrarca is the co-founder and CEO of Maxine's Heavenly, a line of vegan, gluten-free, oat based cookies with about 1/2 the sugar as leading natural brands of cookies.  Maxine's Heavenly cookies are mom's homemade recipe made so much better for you.  Founded in 2013 and formally launched in 2016, Maxine's Heavenly has experienced triple digit growth for the last three years, gaining traction through major retailers like Whole Foods Market, Natural Grocers, INFRA/NCG, and Walmart. Previously, Robert co-founded TTC, a nonprofit cultural arts company that created a unique revenue partnership model with CA State Parks and local food and wine purveyors in the North Bay.  TTC was and continues to be a rapid growth organization that scaled revenues over 700% in the first three years. The Cultured Meat Symposium is taking place on November 14-15 in San Francisco. Register now at
August 31, 2019
Philip Saneski of ReGrained
Philip Saneski is the VP of Product and Commander-in-Chef of ReGrained, a mission-driven brand ingredient platform that connects urban craft breweries to sustainable food systems. Philip’s culinary background in Michelin-Star and James Beard Award finalist kitchens was succeeded by working with food entrepreneurs' concept to commercialization at a product development consultancy, where he also led the launch of the Research Chefs Association Evolution of Food Waste product development student competition. His unique food background, involvement with non-profit impact organizations, curiosity about ingredients historically considered “waste,” and passion for formulating delicious products at scale make him a natural fit for ReGrained. As Commander-in-Chef, he oversees production, innovation, sourcing, culinary operations, food science and every opportunity to do a collaboration dinner popup.
August 17, 2019
Guy Crims of The Butcher Shop by Niku Steakhouse
Guy Crims, or “Guy the Butcher,” as he’s generally known, is a veteran of the butcher business and a legend in the world of Japanese Wagyu. In 2017 alone, Crims was responsible for bringing 4.3 metric tons of Wagyu beef into the U.S.   Crims, a California native, became fascinated with the butcher business when he was 14 after reading The Jungle, Upton Sinclair’s novel depicting the American meatpacking industry in early 20th century. His first job was at a family-owned butcher shop in Pacifica. Crims followed the original owner to a butchery in San Francisco, where he continued to hone his craft.  In college, Crims studied architecture, not food—although the two passions merged when he worked on a slaughterhouse design project that advocated for the humane treatment of livestock. He continued to blend both roles as a managing partner at Pape Meat Company and most currently, as a managing partner of One Henry Adams, which includes Udon Time, Niku Steakhouse and The Butcher Shop by Niku. In 2017, Crims was invited to tour Japan with the Japanese Wagyu Beef Committee—the only non-chef included on the tour. There, Crims met Omakase Restaurant Group co-owner Jackson Yu. Chef Yu enthusiastically introduced Crims to his business partner Kash Feng, who was in the early planning stages of a Wagyu-focused butcher shop and restaurant concept slated for a space at One Henry Adams. As plans started to coalesce, Feng tapped Crims as the master butcher for both the restaurant and butcher shop concepts.
August 3, 2019
Dr. Yuki Hanyu of IntegriCulture
Yuki Hanyu got his Ph.D in chemistry from Oxford University in 2010. After working as a research scientist in Tohoku University and Toshiba Research and Development Center, he founded the "Shojinmeat Project", the world’s first citizen science community for DIY open-source cell-based meat. Based on the low-cost cell culture technology developed in Shojinmeat Project, he founded IntegriCulture Inc. in 2015 to commercialize cell-based meat. The company develops the general-purpose large-scale cell culture system (CulNet System) to scale and commercialize cell-based products such as cosmetics, foie gras and meat, while Shojinmeat Project develops DIY cell-based meat and engage in public communications through art and doujin projects. He aims to build a Lunar and Martian cell-cultured food production facility to support thousands of colonists there in the future, and develop technologies so that anyone can design and make cell-based meat for fun.
July 31, 2019
Mike Selden of Finless Foods
Mike Selden is the Co-founder and CEO of Finless Foods, a cellular agriculture company developing future food technology. In this episode, we explore the differences between cultured beef and seafood products, seafood consumption in the Asia pacific region compared to the United States, and Silicon Valley deep tech.
June 14, 2019
Series Swap: Adam Yee of My Food Job Rocks and Hugh Thomas of Ugly Drinks
This episode will feature another podcast, the My Food Job Rocks podcast! Adam Yee is the host of the My Food Job Rocks podcast, a podcast about food science and technology. On this episode, he interviews Hugh Thomas, co-founder of Ugly Drinks. The episode title is EP. 105 – The Beauty in Branding Ugly, with Hugh Thomas, CEO and CoFounder at Ugly Drinks. Thank you Adam and Hugh for a great discussion! You can learn more about Adam's podcast at
June 7, 2019
Fabio Ziemssen of NX-Food
Fabio and Alex chat about the next wave of future foods and the aspects of a successful product on store shelves. Fabio Ziemssen is the Director of Food Innovation at NX-FOOD a METRO AG subsidiary responsible for concepts in the digital environment of food and food innovation. As a blogger for the e-Food Blogs he organized meetings throughout Germany for the Food Startups scene such as German Food Startup Meetups, Next Generation Food Think Tank, FoodStartup Market, and more. Since 2017 Fabio Ziemssen is also Co-Founder of the Coworking Space Super7000 and #FoodNext Initiative.
May 30, 2019
Dr. Vitor Santo of JUST
Vitor Espirito Santo is the Director of Cellular Agriculture at JUST focused on the planning and implementation of the clean meat program in the company, from early stage cell line selection and characterization to early bioprocess optimization. He has more than 10 years of experience in the development of cell-based models and therapies (primary cells, cell lines, stem cells) for biotechnology applications Vitor has a MSc in Biomedical Engineering and PhD degree in Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells, both obtained at University of Minho in Portugal. Prior to JUST, Vitor worked briefly at Immunocore (UK) for the development of immunotherapies for cancer research. He also worked for 5 years at iBET (a private biotechnology institute) in Portugal as a Senior Scientist. Vitor has been an invited lecturer in Master and PhD programs of several Portuguese Universities, lecturing in topics of drug delivery, biomaterial design, stem cells, and cell models for pre-clinical research, among others.
May 24, 2019
Dr. Kate Krueger of New Harvest
Dr. Kate Krueger chats with Alex Shirazi about her background in the  cellular agriculture space and her work as Research Director at New York  based New Harvest.  Kate Krueger is Research Director at New Harvest where she leads new  initiatives in cellular agriculture. Prior to New Harvest, Kate worked  as a scientist at Perfect Day foods (formerly Muufri) a cellular  agriculture startup where she contributed to Perfect Day’s cell ag  protein patent. Kate holds a PhD in Cell Biology from Yale and is  passionate about using tech for the betterment of society.
April 30, 2019
Dr. Tom Simmons of Stem
Tom is Founder and CEO of Stem! He formerly held fellowships at the  University of Cambridge and at the World Economic Forum and has  advocated sugar reduction initiatives through Sky News and Channel 4  television appearances.
April 15, 2019
Laura D’Asaro of Chirps
Laura D’Asaro and Alex Shirazi chat about the marketing behind getting people to “eat bugs” and how the journey to powdered cricket proteins started. Laura D’Asaro is the co-founder/CEO of Chirps, a company that works to normalize insect consumption as a sustainable source of protein. She is a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur, Shark … Continue reading "Laura D’Asaro of Chirps"
April 2, 2019
Julia Aumüller and Jens Tuider of ProVeg
Julia Aumüller, studied sociology and specialized in sociology of food. She is working as Executive coordinator at ProVeg, working closely with the CEO, COO and International Director. She is also responsible for the organization of the New Food Conference. Jens Tuider studied philosophy and specialised in animal ethics. He is currently Chief of Staff and … Continue reading "Julia Aumüller and Jens Tuider of ProVeg"
March 13, 2019
Dr. Can Akcali of
Can Akcali MD PhD, is a full professor of Cellular and Molecular Biology. He received MD from Ankara University and Ph D from University of Cincinnati, Dept.of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Currently he is a faculty member at Ankara University, School of Medicine. He is also vice president in Stem Cell Research Institute at Ankara … Continue reading "Dr. Can Akcali of"
March 9, 2019
Is cultured meat vegan? – Kenny Torrella – Mercy For Animals
Kenny Torrella serves as Mercy For Animals’ director of communications. Alex Shirazi and Kenny Torella discuss the role of future food technologies, how it relates to animal welfare, and a world without animal traditional agriculture practices. He works with MFA’s team of writers and editors and has garnered media coverage for farmed animals in mainstream … Continue reading "Is cultured meat vegan? – Kenny Torrella – Mercy For Animals"
February 5, 2019
Tom Ben Arye – Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Tom is an Israeli Ph.D candidate developing clean meat in the Levenberg lab of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He finished his B.Sc in molecular biochemistry in the Technion with great honors and his M.Sc in the Levenberg lab. During his Ph.D, he initiated a clean meat project from which the start up … Continue reading "Tom Ben Arye – Technion – Israel Institute of Technology"
January 6, 2019
Sara M. Oliveira of INL
Sara Oliveira is a biomedical engineer specialized in tissue engineering. Two years after her PhD, she decided to dive in to a new adventure. Sara holds a PhD in Bioengineering Systems from the MIT Portugal Program at the University of Minho and she has strong background in tissue engineering and biomaterials, such as multiscale scaffolds … Continue reading "Sara M. Oliveira of INL"
December 17, 2018
Keith Zakheim of Antenna Group
As chief executive officer, Keith Zakheim ensures Antenna lives and breathes the firm’s core values — strong ethics that instill trust and impart transparency; respectful, positive, collaborative, mutually beneficial relationships among client-partners, colleagues and those with whom we conduct business; continual education for the highest standards; empowering entrepreneurial passion and a commitment to public service … Continue reading "Keith Zakheim of Antenna Group"
November 27, 2018
Sandhya Sriram of Shiok Meats
Dr. Sandhya Sriram has extensive experience in the biotechnology space. We discuss her interest in business and the path that led to the cell-based meat startup, Shiok Meats. Learn how the Asia-Pacific region can greatly benefit from cell-based meat technologies and why it’s so important. The Cultured Meat Symposium is taking place on November 1st … Continue reading "Sandhya Sriram of Shiok Meats"
October 24, 2018
Thomas King of Food Frontier
Thomas King discusses how he started out as an environmental advocate at an early age. This led his work to focus on alternatives to animal agriculture, the cause of many of the problems he was tackling. He founded Food Frontier to focus on ways to bring plant based and cell-based meats to the Asia Pacific. … Continue reading "Thomas King of Food Frontier"
October 14, 2018
Ali Bouzari of Pilot R&D and Render Foods
In this episode, Alex Shirazi and Ali Bouzari talk about future food technologies and developing food that creates an experience. We chat about the potential of cell-based meat and whether we should dare to explore creations such as “designer meats”. The Cultured Meat Symposium is taking place in San Francisco on November 1st. Learn more … Continue reading "Ali Bouzari of Pilot R&D and Render Foods"
October 10, 2018
Carrie Kuball of EnviroFlight
Carrie Kuball and Alex Shirazi chat about the future of food technology as it relates to insect proteins and animal feed. Carrie discusses the Black Soldier Fly and the benefits of sustainably farming insects as a protein source for animal feed. CMS18 is taking place on November 1st in San Francisco. Use code CMSPODCAST for … Continue reading "Carrie Kuball of EnviroFlight"
October 7, 2018
David Benzaquen of Ocean Hugger Foods and PlantBased Solutions
Alex Shirazi and David Benzaquen talk about the increasing rise of popularity for plant based alternatives and food technology startups. David describes the market for new types of foods and how plant based products play a huge role in future food technology. Join us in San Francisco on November 1st at the Cultured Meat Symposium … Continue reading "David Benzaquen of Ocean Hugger Foods and PlantBased Solutions"
September 30, 2018
Ahmed Khan of CellAgri – Clean Meat Founders Series
We wrap up the Clean Meat Founders Series with Ahmed Khan. Alex and Ahmed discuss the Cellular Agriculture industry, the products that are currently available, and what it takes to be a key player in the space. Ahmed Khan is the founder and editor of CellAgri. A news and media platform that aims to be … Continue reading "Ahmed Khan of CellAgri – Clean Meat Founders Series"
September 19, 2018
Darren Henry of Seafuture Sustainable Biotech – Clean Meat Founders Series
Learn about the basics of aquaculture and how cell-based fish could change they way we consume seafood. Dr. Darren Henry discusses his company and describes his vision for the path of cell-based meat coming to market. Dr. Darren Henry is the founder of Seafuture Sustainable Biotech, a early stage cellular agriculture company developing the technology … Continue reading "Darren Henry of Seafuture Sustainable Biotech – Clean Meat Founders Series"
September 12, 2018
Brian Spears of New Age Meats - Clean Meat Founders Series
Brian Spears and Alex Shirazi sit down at the IndieBio HQ in San Francisco to discuss New Age Meats. This episode was recorded live August 5, 2018. Brian Spears is the cofounder and CEO of New Age Meats. After graduating as a chemical engineer, he worked for four years with National Instruments in Austin, TX … Continue reading "Brian Spears of New Age Meats"
September 6, 2018
Didier Toubia of Aleph Farms - Clean Meat Founders Series
I had the pleasure of speaking with Didier Toubia of Aleph Farms. We discussed the future of clean meat as it relates to antibiotics, coming to market, and the co-existing of animal farmers and cultured meat. Didier Toubia is a Biologist and Food Engineer by education. Aleph Farms is part of the Cellular Agriculture revolution- … Continue reading "Didier Toubia of Aleph Farms"
August 30, 2018
Stephanie Wallis and Benjamina Bollag of HigherSteaks
Alex talks clean meat with Stephanie Wallis and Benjamina Bollag of HigherSteaks. Based in London, HigherSteaks is creating cultured meat starting with minced products and then moving on to more complex structures. Listen in as we discuss the state of the industry and the exciting journey ahead. Benjamina has a Masters in chemical engineering from … Continue reading "Stephanie Wallis and Benjamina Bollag of HigherSteaks"
August 15, 2018
Ron Shigeta of Wild Earth – Clean Meat Founders Series
Ron Shigeta PhD is a a co-founder of IndieBio, the world’s premiere accelerator for biotechnology. Ron helped establish a portfolio of 68 innovative consumer and startup biotech companies embraced by tech and industrial investors alike. Food investments include Memphis Meats, Clara Foods, GelTor, New Wave Foods, The Not Company, MiraculeX, and Willow Cup. Currently, Ron … Continue reading "Ron Shigeta of Wild Earth – Clean Meat Founders Series"
July 27, 2018
Robert Yaman of Kiran – Clean Meat Founders Series
Robert Yaman is the Co founder of Kiran, a clean meat company based in San Francisco. Robert and I chat about the path to creating a clean meat company, the resources available in the industry for early stage founders, and the growth and future of clean meat companies. This episode is part of the Cultured … Continue reading "Robert Yaman of Kiran – Clean Meat Founders Series"
July 20, 2018
Peter Verstrate of Mosa Meat – Clean Meat Founders Series
Peter Verstrate is the CEO of Mosa Meat, the company known for producing the first Cultured Meat hamburger in 2013. Peter and I chat about the developments in the cellular agriculture industry, the startups in the space, and the exciting direction of future food technology. This episode is part of the Cultured Meat and Future … Continue reading "Peter Verstrate of Mosa Meat – Clean Meat Founders Series"
July 14, 2018
Episode 08: Erin Kim
I chat with Erin Kim of New Harvest about a realistic approach to cultured meat. We discuss the early days of New Harvest, the transformation of the industry, and have some straight talk about what we are calling the future of meat. Bonus: Cricket Burgers!
July 7, 2018
Episode 07: David Welch
Clean Meat could change the way we produce food in the future. I had a great discussion Dr. David Welch covering topics related to Clean Meat research, types of stem cells used for cellular agriculture, FBS and clean serums, and ultra running!
June 28, 2018
Episode 06: Rosie Bosworth
Dr. Rosie Bosworth is making change in the global food system. Alex and Rosie discuss the state of clean meat, vertical farming, and the startups that are making an impact.
June 21, 2018
Episode 05: Isha Datar
Cultured Meat or Clean Meat is changing the world in many different ways. Isha Datar of New Harvest talks about the technology behind cellular agriculture and the importance of researching this technology for the future of the global food system.
May 27, 2018
Episode 04: Lisa Feria
Cultured Meat or Clean Meat is changing the world in many different ways. Lisa Feria from Stray Dog Capital discusses the cultured meat and plant based meat startup landscape and the opportunities that are available within the space.
May 2, 2018
Episode 03: Paul Shapiro
Cultured Meat or Clean Meat is changing the world in many different ways. Paul Shapiro is the author of “Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World”. Paul shares his experience eating different types of clean meat and discusses the companies that are making an impact in the industry.
April 8, 2018
Episode 02: Daan Luining
Cultured Meat or Clean Meat is changing the world in many different ways. Daan Luining discusses the role of Cultured Meat and how it’s made, when we might be seeing it on store shelves, and the next generation of space food.
March 8, 2018
Episode 01: Brad Barbera
Cultured Meat or Clean Meat is changing the world in many different ways. Brad Barbera, the Director of Innovation at the Good Food Institute (, discusses how the clean meat revolution can change the world in terms of health, the environment, animal welfare, and feeding the global population.
March 4, 2018