Pre-Conference Workshop Day

Tuesday | January 25, 2022

Workshop A: We Need to Talk About Dairy

9AM - 12.45 PM

9:00 am Opening Address from Chair

9:15 am Nano Cows: The Landscape of Animal Free-Dairy Biotechnology


  • A comprehensive overview of the different industrial biotechnology approaches to animal-free dairy.
  • An evaluation of the level of commercial activity and applications for the tech (e.g. cheeses).
  • Assessing trends and opportunities in fermentation for dairy.

9:45 am Fireside Chat: Sustainability and Alternative Dairy Production – Challenges and Opportunities


  • Fermentation-enabled alternative dairy proteins have the potential to offer substantial sustainability benefits over traditional dairy products
  • Sonalie will explore sustainability opportunities and challenges that come with
    the alternative dairy industry

10:00 am Panel Discussion: What It Takes to Shift Customer Perceptions of Alternative Dairy Products


  • Unsustainable food production and consumption contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. Adopting a more plant-based diet has been identified as a necessary change toward a more sustainable food system.
  • This discussion will focus on identifying and characterizing consumer habits and attitudes to shift towards an increase in fermentation-based dairy products (customer acceptance) to reduce the environmental footprint of people’s diets and improve dietary health.

10:45 am Networking Break

11:15 am Panel Discussion: Alternative Dairy Goes Head to Head with Traditional Dairy


As fermentation-based dairy protein technology continues to improve and companies gain traction these alternative proteins will cause market disruption to traditional dairy players. This panel discussion will deep dive into key discussions such as:

  • Will Alternative diary products disrupt the traditional dairy market by 2030?
  • Measuring sustainability and environmental impact of traditional diary in comparison to alternative dairy products.
  • An in-depth look at the nutritional value of traditional dairy products compared to alternative dairy products.

12:00 pm Disrupting Dairy with Precision Fermentation – The Future of Dairy


  • Current vegan dairy options do not contain casein and whey protein, which give to these products made from animal milk their characteristic taste and texture.
  • Formo is exploring the future of dairy using biotechnology to transform nutrients into milk proteins through fermentation to produce sustainable, healthy and efficient dairy alternatives

12:30 pm Chair’s Closing Address

12:45 pm End of Workshop

Workshop B: Raising Capital - Investors and Partnerships

1.45 - 3.15 PM

1:45 pm Developing a Robust Business Model to Achieve Your Investment Goals


  • Defining Your Target Customer and How You Solve their Pain Points.
  • Selecting Your Sales Channel
  • Leveraging Partnerships to Increase Your Sales and Derisk Areas of Weakness.

2:15 pm Panel Discussion: An Investors Perspective – What Investors Look For


A panel of investors discusses what they look for in brands and how best to secure funding. They will touch on topics such as perfecting your pitch and answer questions from the audience around the capital-raising process.

3:00 pm Chair’s Closing Address

3:15 pm End of Workshop