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Cohort 1 for this Seminar will gather on November 20th, 2017 at 5pm - 8pm @ Y Combinator in San Francisco.
The plant-based foods sector has experienced tremendous growth and innovation as plant-based alternatives to animal products are increasingly adopted into the diets of mainstream consumers seeking healthier or more sustainable options. These products have come a long way in replicating the taste, texture, and mouthfeel of their animal-based counterparts. However, there is still ample room for food technology and product development to enable greater inroads into mainstream markets. We will discuss opportunities all across the product development pipeline - from genetic mapping to develop better plant protein crop strains, to novel protein isolation and functionalization methods, to mechanical processing and formulation to better replicate the structure and flavor of meat.
The seminar will be taught by Liz Specht, a Senior Scientist with the Good Food Institute, a non-profit organization advancing plant-based and clean meat food technology. She has a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, a doctorate in biological sciences from UC San Diego, and postdoctoral research experience from University of Colorado. At GFI, she works with researchers, funding agencies, entrepreneurs, and venture capital firms to prioritize work that advances plant-based alternatives, cellular agriculture, and clean meat. We love Liz, and so will you.