The New Foods and How to Make them Faster, Better, Cheaper

January 11, 2017
Hosted by Jim Lane

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9 billion people by 2050, that’s the population that the UN is telling us that we are going to have. That’s a lot of mouths to feed with the same land base - and with more urbanization, who knows how much land we’ll have to use. One new company coming up fast in Crop Enhancement, tirelessly working to increase crop yields and in a sustainable way. We'll be joined by CEO Kevin Chen and Chief Technology Officer David Soane. Later in the program we'll look at growing fuels, nutraceuticals and protein in the water, via algae. Will Thurmond, author of Algae 2020, joins us as we look at the technologies that are changing the way we make everything from vitamins to omega-3 fatty acids, and the protein we feed to farm animals.

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Jim Lane

Jim Lane is the world’s most widely-read writer and broadcaster on the advanced bioeconomy, with more than 2 million readers, followers and viewers. He is news anchor of The Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily, and news anchor of BioChannel.TV. He has authored more than 8,000 articles, documentaries, and news segments profiling more than 1,000 companies that have new and sustainable products.

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Tom van Aken


Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the Utrecht University in the Netherlands and worked at DSM from 1996 till 2002. At DSM he held commercial positions, primarily in DSM’s fine chemicals and life sciences business in the USA and the Netherlands. In 2002, he joined Avantium as VP of Business Development and became Chief Executive Officer of Avantium in 2005. At Avantium he led the company through the transition to become a focused chemical and cleantech company by divesting its pharmaceutical business and by the development of the YXY technology. View Guest page

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Jacques Beaudry-Losique


Jacques Beaudry-Losique is the Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development. Jacques has more than 20 years experience working in the energy and technology sectors. Prior to Algenol,
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Ron Cascone


Ron has over 45 years of industrial experience in the process industries, with a current thought leadership role in biofuels and renewable chemicals. Ron's longer-term focus has been on petrochemicals and hydrocarbon fuel processing, plus: specialty chemicals, fertilizers, waste utilization, coal-based synfuels, electric utilities, energy efficiency, air emissions controls, electrotechnologies, halogen chemistry, LCAs, and portand cement. View Guest page

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Scott Chaplin


Executive commercial leader in the flavor and fragrance industry with over 25 years experience. Continue to lead the commercial value proposition in the industry with strategic focus on P/L, re-structuring, introducing new technologies, new products and services to differentiate us versus the competition. Commercial focus on major global food & beverage, fragrance companies.
Major successes have been with developing business and account strategies, strategic partnerships, plus evaluating and re-assembling commercial teams and personnel yielding significant increases in sales and profits. View Guest page

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Kevin Chen, PhD, CEO, Crop Enhancement


Dr. Chen joined Crop Enhancement in November 2015, bringing over 15 years of operating experience in materials-centric technology companies spanning renewable energy, semiconductor devices, and telecom networking. Prior to Crop Enhancement, Dr. Chen served as EVP of the US Product Development Group of Hanergy, the largest privately held clean energy provider in China, where his team worked on wireless sensor systems for agricultural and industrial applications. Previously, he was with the Energy and Environmental Solutions business of Applied Materials, the market leader in manufacturing equipment for the semiconductor, display, and solar industries, as CMO and then later as GM of the Energy Storage Solutions business. View Guest page

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Rebecca Coons


Rebecca is a senior editor of Chemical Week and also is managing editor of the peer-reviewed journal Industrial Biotechnology. She freelances for Nuu on renewable chemicals. View Guest page

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David Dodds


As President of Dodds & Associates, David Dodds brings clients 30 years of experience at the interface of chemistry and biotechnology, and over 25 years experience building and leading multi-disciplinary scientific teams in Biotechnology and Chemical Process Development organizations.
With a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, post-doctoral work in molecular biology, and industrial experience combining organic synthesis, biotechnology, biocatalysis, plus natural product fermentation and downstream processing, he provides a unique combination of skills.
Within both start-up and big pharma organizations, he has a record of successfully bringing together scientific disciplines in project teams, teams that have created new process technologies with real commercial value. View Guest page

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Helena Taveres Kennedy


Helena Kennedy is a writer for Nuu - the digital voice of the new physical world, writing each week about new products, chemicals and materials that are changing lives and outcomes around the world — from empowering rural development in the developing world to the frontiers of biotechnology in the top R&D labs around the globe. She formerly was marketing chief for the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials and is a widely-known leader in the global sustainability movement. View Guest page

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Michael Saltzberg


Global Business Director, Biomaterials at DuPont Industrial Biosciences. Leader of DuPont's best-in-class Biomaterials business including two commercial product lines and a strong development portfolio. The Bio-PDO(tm) propanediol and Sorona(r) polymer businesses provide high-performance, renewably-sourced materials to the textile, carpet, personal care, and polyurethane industries with manufacturing assets in the US and China and sales of >$250MM in more than 25 countries. View Guest page

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Gary Scoggins


Gary writes for the Digest's publication Nuu on sustainable agriculture and genetics, and also owns a boutique chocolate company and is CEO of EnerSysNet, an early-stage renewable fuels technology. View Guest page

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David Soane, PhD, CTO, Crop Enhancement


Dr. Soane is a serial entrepreneur and prolific innovator in the fields of polymer chemistry and nanotechnology. At Crop Enhancement, he spearheads the company’s creative problem-solving to provide novel answers for difficult industry problems. Applying nanotechnology and chemical engineering to a variety of mature industries, he has founded a number of successful companies: ACLARA (NASDAQ:ACLA), a manufacturer of diagnostic test products; Nano-tex, a manufacturer of textile materials that have been licensed by L.L. Bean, Eddie Bauer and many others; 2C Optics, an eyeglass lens manufacturer; ZMS, a contact lens manufacturer; and ICBM, a building materials and wallboard producer. Before his commercial ventures, Dr. Soane was a tenured Professor of Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley. View Guest page

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James Stephens


Principle scientific and engineering developer of biorefinery and algae biomass generation and harvesting systems. Designed, developed, and scaled the harvest and conversion of biomass into biodiesel, jet fuel, C1 - C18 alcohols, volatile and long chain fatty acids, terpenes, flavor and fragrance compounds, food ingredients, pharmaceutical ingredients, polymers, hydrocarbons, organometallic compounds, and sulfur compounds. View Guest page

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David Sudolsky


David Sudolsky, who co-founded Anellotech with George Huber, secured the initial angel funding for the company, recruited the management team and scientific advisory board, and is leading the expansion of the company. Prior to joining Anellotech, he was a business officer or CEO of five biotechnology, specialty pharmaceutical and bioprocessing start-ups, one of which (Dura Pharmaceuticals) was sold for $1.8 billion. David has hands-on chemical engineering experience in process design and refinery plant startups with Union Carbide, and work at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He and his wife, Marcia, are firm believers in environmental education and led a successful five-year effort ending in 2011 to build a multi-faceted Eco Center on the roof of P.S. 6 in New York City. David attended Columbia University and earned an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University’s Business School and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. View Guest page

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Atul Thakrar


Atul Thakrar has been President of Bio-Based Products & Services Unit at Koninklijke DSM N.V. since July 2015. Mr. Thakrar has over 20 years of strategic and operational experience in the specialty chemicals and energy sectors. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Segetis, Inc. since January 2010. Mr. Thakrar served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Soane Energy from 2007 to 2009. View Guest page

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Will Thurmond, author, Algae 2020


Will Thurmond is the CEO Emerging Markets Online, and author of the Drop-In Fuels 2020, Algae 2020, and Biodiesel 2020 market studies. He's an experienced leader in advanced bioeconomy startup strategy, and has been on TerraTech two other times this season View Guest page

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Steve Weiss


Pioneering cleantech/energy executive that helped Genomatica surge ahead of scores of sustainable biotech firms in recognition, appeal and value; grew Liquid Light to prominence in CO2 conversion following launch (acquired by Avantium, 2017); launched Beta Renewables; and helped build the #1 perceived hottest company in green building materials.
Build companies funded by leaders including TPG, VantagePoint, Element, MDV, Foundation, Rockport, Nth Power, NEA, Westly, NewCycle, NGEN, Rustic Canyon and Navitas. Successes include Genomatica, Liquid Light, Beta Renewables, Serious Energy (Serious Materials), Aspen Aerogels, Xicato, Icynene and ARXX. View Guest page

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