EXPERIENCE THE NEWEST HARVEST OF CELL CULTURED PRODUCTS AT THE WORLD’S FIRST CONFERENCE DEDICATED TO CELLULAR AGRICULTURE.
EXPLORE THE OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES, AND REALITIES OF CELLULAR AGRICULTURE AT NEW HARVEST'S SECOND ANNUAL CONFERENCE.
Cellular agriculture is the production of agricultural products like food (meat, milk, eggs); materials (leather, silk, bone); and more from cell cultures rather than whole plants or animals.
New Harvest is the non-profit research institute that is funding open science in cellular agriculture through the New Harvest Research Fellowship program at universities around the world.
Join us for 2 full days of programming — including a “Cell Ag 101” — and experience the latest developments in this exciting new field. Compelling talks and interactive exhibitions will present cellular agriculture's applications to food, materials, and more in an accessible and interdisciplinary manner.
Dr. Paul Mozdziak, from the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is an expert in animal cell culture techniques, transgenic animal production, and muscle biology.
Dr. Mozdziak is also the director of the physiology graduate program at NCSU. He holds a B.S. with honors and distinction from Cornell University, a MS and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Mozdziak developed and has taught the first vertebrate cell culture course at NCSU since 2001, and is associated with the NC State Biotechnology and the Biomanufacturing (BTEC) programs. His main area of expertise is studying avian myogenic cells using in vitro methodologies.
A member of the New Harvest family since 2013, Natalie Rubio is currently a New Harvest Cultured Tissue Fellowship recipient at Tufts University in Boston. She is developing edible scaffolds for cultured meat with the David Kaplan Lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. With the support of New Harvest and its team of research fellows, Natalie is eager to help progress cultured meat products from the bench to the belly within a matter of years. While observing muscle cells under a microscope is her primary interest, she is also a true crime podcast fanatic and bagel aficionada.
Marie Gibbons is a New Harvest Research Fellow and Physiology graduate student at North Carolina State University. She began her research in Cellular Agriculture in May of 2016 and is focusing on large-scale production methods for cultured poultry products. Other projects include serum-free media formulations and plant-based scaffolding experiments. In the fall of 2016, she produced the first cultured poultry meat, and in the spring of 2017, she created at turkey/jackfruit nugget hybrid. She is excited to be able to incorporate both her passion for animal welfare and science into her research towards creating sustainable, healthy, and humane meat!
Jess Krieger is a biomedical sciences PhD student at Kent State University and New Harvest research fellow. She decided to pursue cultured meat research after learning in her undergrad about the environmental consequences and animal welfare issues surrounding the animal agriculture industry. Her work aims to improve the similarity of in vitro meat to meat from livestock. Jess uses a skeletal muscle tissue engineering strategy to culture pork, with major focuses on muscle fiber formation, vascularization, and bioreactor design for scale up of meat production.
Jess became a New Harvest Fellow in 2016 and her project was subsequently funded in 2017. She has received additional awards from Kent State University and the Shuttleworth Foundation to represent New Harvest in its visiting scholars program as part of an international collaboration to grow in vitro meat in plant-based scaffolds at Dr. Andrew Pelling’s lab at the University of Ottawa. Jess has presented her in vitro meat research at conferences and universities across North America and Europe and recently gave a TEDx talk on the subject at her home university. In her spare time Jess works to support and empower women in the sciences through her involvement with the Scientista Foundation.
Dr. Dyson is the CEO of Kiverdi, a hard science company with a mission to develop innovations that go beyond traditional agriculture to help feed and power the world by using natural microbes to convert CO2 into proteins and oils. Dr. Dyson’s technical background began with a PhD in physics from MIT and has included research in bioengineering, energy and physics at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Princeton University, UC San Francisco, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. Dr. Dyson was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of London, where she received a Master of Science degree, and has degrees in physics and mathematics from Brandeis University.
Dr. Dyson has broad business experience developing corporate strategies in a number of industries including in packaging, energy, automotive, chemicals, telecommunications, travel, and non-profits. While at The Boston Consulting Group, Dr. Dyson worked with executives at multi-national corporations to help them solve strategic business problems including cutting operational costs, expanding internationally, franchising, developing governance structures, designing effective organizations and developing market entry strategies. Dr. Dyson's entrepreneurial background began when she was on the founding team of an MIT start-up that received funding from Microsoft and later built and led a team that developed a technology that reached millions in volunteering campaigns.
Among her recent accolades, Dr. Dyson was honored this year by the San Francisco Business Times as “One of the Most Influential Women in the Bay Area” for a second year in a row and was given their “Forty Under 40” award for her leadership.
Dr. Rebecca White is the Vice President of Operations for Qualitas Health, Inc., a Texas-based food and nutrition company with headquarters in Houston, Texas. At Qualitas, Dr. White oversees all production staff, ensures on spec production from several facilities and leads the company’s applied R&D and technical programs. Dr. White has almost 10 years’ experience in the algae industry, having previously held the title of Director of Cultivation at Sapphire Energy, Inc. At Sapphire, she advanced algae harvesting and cultivation efforts that successfully demonstrated the commercial viability of using algae to produce fuels and other high-value products.
Dr. White’s specialties include the application of traditional agriculture principles to the domestication of algae as a crop, the establishment of field testing and process monitoring facilities and protocols and public/educational outreach on algae in general. Dr. White received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Texas A&M University, where she was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She currently serves on the Algae Foundation’s Algae Academy K-12 project committee, and on the Board of Directors for the Algae Biomass Organization.
Oron Catts is the Director of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia and a Professor at Large in Contestable Design at The Royal College of Arts, London.
He is an artist, designer, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project which he established in 1996 is considered a leading biological art project. In 2000 he co-founded SymbioticA, an artistic research centre housed within the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. Under Catts’ leadership SymbioticA has gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007) the WA Premier Science Award (2008) and became a Centre for Excellence in 2008.
In 2009 Catts was recognised by Thames & Hudson’s “60 Innovators Shaping our Creative Future” book in the category “Beyond Design”, and by Icon Magazine (UK) as one of the top 20 Designers, “making the future and transforming the way we work.”
Catts interest is Life; more specifically the shifting relations and perceptions of life in the light of new knowledge and it applications. Often working in collaboration with other artists (mainly Dr. Ionat Zurr) and scientists, Catts have developed a body of work that speaks volumes about the need for new cultural articulation of evolving concepts of life.
Catts was a Research Fellow in Harvard Medical School, a visiting Scholar at the Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor of Design Interaction, Royal College of Arts, London. In 2012-2013 he set up a biological art lab called Biofilia - Base for Biological Art and Design, at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki, where he was a Visiting Professor.
Catts’ ideas and projects reach beyond the confines of art; his work is often cited as inspiration to diverse areas such as new materials, textiles, design, architecture, ethics, fiction, and food.
Catts curated nine exhibitions, developed numerous artistic projects and performances. His work was exhibited and collected by museums such as MoMA NY, Mori art Museum, NGV, GoMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Ars Electronica, National Art Museum of China and more.
His work has been covered by The NY Times, Washington Post, Wired, New Scientist, Time, Newsweek and other TV, radio, print and online media.