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7:30 am Registration & Welcome Coffee

8:00 am Chair’s Opening Address

Current Landscape: Where are we now?

8:10 am The Fermentation-Enabled Alternative Proteins Industry Overview

Synopsis

  • One year on, where is the fermentation-enabled alternative protein vs plant-based protein industry now?
  • Evaluating market growth and dynamics – US vs Europe vs Asia
  • Exploring upcoming consumer trends to align with your product strategy
  • Market access opportunities and partnership models to accelerate speed-to-market 

8:20 am Session Reserved for BisY GmbH / BioGrammatics

8:30 am Panel Discussion: Exploring Naming Conventions & Labelling Guidance Surrounding Alternative Proteins: Is It a Steak, Is It a Burger or Is It Something New?

Synopsis

  • Reviewing current naming conventions in the industry and their potential limitations – from ingredients to regulatory guidelines
  • Debating what the naming convention should be dependent on; its make-up, the star ingredient or regulatory guidelines?
  • Aligning your labelling with marketing strategy to ensure compliance
  • Leveraging expert knowledge on how to gain customer confidence and acceptance

9:15 am Speed Networking & Morning Coffee Break

Technical Track: Enhancing Your Upstream Process

10:15 am Optimizing Your Strain Engineering & Design

  • Miller Tran Co-Founder and Vice President of Research and Development, Triton Algae Innovations, Ltd.

Synopsis

  • Identifying how breeding can be used in the microbial world to create novel sources of alternative protein
  • Exploring high throughput screens to facilitate the development of non-GMO options of alternative proteins
  • Understanding regulatory landscape when developing a source of alternative protein in different jurisdictions

10:45 am Finding the Sweet Spot: The Potential Impact of Effective Target Selection From an Early Stage

Synopsis

  • Overviewing the impact of target and strain selection on a protein’s viability to be manufactured
  • Understanding the impact of how effective target selection now affects scaling and downstream processing challenges
  • Evaluating the potential benefits and drawbacks of target mutation and post-translational modification

11:15 am Using Process Miniaturization to Enhance Developability & Manufacturability of the Protein

Synopsis

  • Elucidating what process miniaturization is and how to overcome the current bottlenecks
  • Overviewing miniaturizing functionality methodologies to a high-throughput platform: circular dichroism, microfluidics, or other functionality tests

 

11:45 am Optimizing Ingredients & Processes to Produce the Holy Grail of Animal-Free Cheese

Synopsis

  • Gauging what the impact of ingredient formulation is on taste/texture
  • Delving into the impact of cheese-making procedures on taste and texture

12:15 pm Harnessing the Power of Computational Biology to Address the Challenges of Precision Fermentation

Synopsis

  • Visualizing key elements of the innovative AI approach
  • Discovering how this approach can be utilized in precision fermentation

Commercial Track: Developing a Commercially Viable Product

10:15 am Leveraging Waste/Side Streams for Feedstocks to Improve Cost Efficiency & Sustainability

Synopsis

  • Understanding how alternative input sources can be utilized for feedstocks including carbon, methane, or nutrients
  • Identifying the potential impact of cost reduction on your end-product leading to increased commercial competitiveness
  • Striving for sustainability of the product/company

10:45 am Fireside Chat: Getting it Right First Time: Data Driven Product Development

  • Kesha Stickland Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mushroom Meat Co.
  • Dan Gardner Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Mushroom Meat Co.

Synopsis

  • User-testing during the development phase to minimize formulation changes
  • Streamlining development processes and cycles with defined quality metrics for a robust go-to-market strategy
  • Optimizing your costs vs competitor analysis to ensure it is economically viable

11:15 am Where Needs Investment?

Synopsis

  • Developing strains that perform stably and efficiently
  • Appraising and overcoming the bottlenecks to scaling up efficiently and enhance your product’s economic viability
  • Choosing raw materials and strategies for feedstock optimization
  • Establishing a consumer-centric R&D to create a profitable product

11:45 am Panel: Reinventing Manufacturing: From Small-Scale to Commercial Production for Alternative Proteins

Synopsis

Alternative and novel methods of securing regulatory compliant manufacturing facility is critical for rapid commercialization. No matter where you are in the scaling up process, the lack of capacity and infrastructure in the space is glaringly obvious. Therefore, maybe it’s time for some out of the box ideas? This panel with be exploring many

different avenues to scale-up your production for every stage from lab to table!

  • Leveraging the potential of cross industry partnerships including utilizing/converting unused pharma facilities
  • Highlighting the potential of partnering with universities to utilize their facilities
  • Evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of shared facilities
  • Outsourcing or building internal capabilities?

12:30 pm Developing a Superfood Microalgae, Hardtii, Through Accelerated Evolution Biology & Single-Cell Precision Fermentation

  • Xun Wang President & Chief Executive Officer, Triton Algae Innovations, Ltd.

Synopsis

  • Addressing the discovery of Microalgae Hardtii: Chlamydomonas
  • Evaluating the amino-acid, protein and vitamin makeup of Microalgae Hardtii and the impact that has on its taste compared to other microalgae alternatives
  • Illuminating Microalgae Hardtii’s scale-up process to achieve a scalable, sustainable and affordable product with FDA GRAS approval

12:45 pm Networking Lunch

Technical Track: Enhancing Your Downstream Process Capabilities

1:45 pm Unravelling the Intricacies of Efficient Separation

Synopsis

  • Optimizing the upstream process and its impact on downstream processing
  • The impact of effective separation on yield
  • Ensuring the maximum product recovery/extraction from the broth
  • USP and DSP modelling and optimization

2:15 pm Panel Discussion: Exploring the Best Methods of Purification: From a Biomass & a Precision Perspective

Synopsis

  • Understanding the different advances in membrane technology
  • Comparison between biomass purification and precision
  • Leveraging examples/data to understand how to utilize the chemistry of the molecules to increase the purity

3:00 pm Clean Label: Why Is It So Difficult?

Synopsis

  • Evaluating what a clean label entails
  • Understanding how to achieve a cleaner label, including what compounds can aide in cleaning up a label?
  • Dealing with the technical challenges of achieving ‘clean label’

3:30 pm Innovate Broadly & Simplify Ruthlessly: the Impossible Microbial Platform that Enabled Scaling Heme as an Ingredient

Synopsis

  • Delving into heme as an ingredient
  • Exploring heme production optimization
  • Evaluating using microbial characterization to simplify DSP

4:00 pm How To Achieve Texture/Moisture in the Downstream Processing?

Synopsis

  • Overviewing the types of downstream processing which can be utilized to achieve desired result
  • Elucidating techniques which have proven to give certain desirable taste aspects: including 3D printing, electrospinning, shear cell technology, high and low moisture extrusion
  • Understanding where the texture is defined/received in the mouth: tribology, sensory panels, texture analysis, tensile strength, and texture profile analysis

Commercial Track: The Eye of The Beholder or Consumer?

1:45 pm Shelf to Table, Consumer Journey of Selection

Synopsis

  • Evaluating the impact of value proposition and messaging on consumer selection
  • Gaining an understanding around a consumers needs and motives including: sustainability, nutrition, ethical, taste or no compromise?
  • Navigating messages for impact and transparency
  • Understanding the long term impact of today’s message on future audiences

2:15 pm Panel Discussion: Displacement vs Replacement: the Potential of a Hybrid Product?

Synopsis

  • Delving into a case study of a hybrid product – opportunities and consumer adoption
  • Analyzing the implication of fermentation-enabled proteins on the nutritional value of a hybrid product, e.g., increasing a plant-based product’s amino acid quality and improving the taste without the need for fats/oils
  • Elucidating the success of readily available hybrid products

3:00 pm Elucidating the Impact of Clean Label: Differences in Human Vs Pet Food

Synopsis

  • Understanding what a clean label is and why it’s important, and what are the additional challenges of pet food?
  • Deciphering the impacts of having or not having a clean label?
  • Considering the impact clean label has on consumer perception

3:30 pm If We Build It, Will They Come?

Synopsis

  • Evaluating what it will take for consumers to embrace new food technologies
  • Addressing common questions surrounding food language and imagery
  • Revealing why experience, food language and imagery matters

4:00 pm Case Study: Fats for the Future of Food

Synopsis

  • Reimagining protein production: can we push past the constraints of biology?
  • Turbocharging the future of proteins by shifting our thinking from replicating proteins to producing entirely new food experiences thereby unlocking a whole new food area
  • Discovering how fats transform the way we cook, smell and taste, providing phenomenal food experiences while also moving the needle on critical environmental matter
  • Understanding how by developing proprietary yeast strains and fermentation processes, we can create the molecular structure of animal fats and oils without the use of animals

4:30 pm Afternoon Tea & Networking

Turbocharging Your Sustainability & Cost-Saving Ability by Leveraging Waste

5:00 pm Panel Discussion: What to Do with Bioproducts/Fermentation Waste?

Synopsis

  • Illuminating ethically conscious fermentation waste stream disposal for biomass waste
  • Verifying whether incineration is still the go-to method considering the environment impact
  • Rethinking GMM waste from precision fermentation; how to clean it up and remove a whole host of undesirable solvents
  • Elaborating upon synthetic routes of waste reduction – are they feasible? Including finding substitutions and catalytic solutions
  • Turbocharging your cost optimization with novel approaches to waste management
  • Evaluating waster wastage and the potential of leveraging fermentation to reduce water wastage

5:15 pm Is Upcycling Next for Commercial Fermentation Success?

Synopsis

  • Advancing the fermentation process by use of alternative feedstocks
  • Cultivating free to low-cost feedstocks to enable reduced production costs 
  • Debating submerged fermentation's scalability with regard to water consumptio
  • Revealing how we can use fermentation as a solution for water scarcity and decarbonization. 

6:15 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Day 1