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January 11th 2017:The New Foods and How to Make them Faster, Better, Cheaper

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 technolo

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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 Ener
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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
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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
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