Healthy Ageing APAC Summit: Shiok Meats CEO to discuss cell-based protein's potential in wake of $4.6m funding

By Gary Scattergood

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The packed crowd at last year's summit.
The packed crowd at last year's summit.

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The potential of cell-based protein to sustainably and nutritiously feed Asia's growing and ageing population will be assessed by the CEO of Shiok Meats at our second Healthy Ageing APAC Summit in Singapore.

The firm recently completed a $4.6m seed round funding to help fund its mission to commercialise shrimp made from so-called ‘clean meat’.

The Singapore company’s CEO and co-founder Dr Sandhya Sriram​ will take to the stage at the summit, which is organised by FoodNavigator-Asia and NutraIngredients-Asia and takes place from July 9-11.

In her talk, ‘Cell-based seafood: Overcoming consumer and regulatory concerns to create a new healthy and sustainable food group’​, she’ll assess how Asia’s aging population is also growing, with total numbers set to rise from 4.5bn today to 5.3bn in 2050.

This means sustainability has become an increasing concern in the food industry, with interest in lab-grown products such as cell-based meats on the rise.

Dr Sriram will discuss not only the sustainability benefits of cell-based seafood, but also its health benefits for a growing and ageing population, as well as the consumer and regulatory challenges that need to be overcome.

Key highlights will include:

• How cell-based seafood can tackle sustainability concerns to feed a growing and ageing population, and meet protein needs

• The health benefits of cell-based seafood and how it can improve the health of the broader population

• How to overcome scepticism and fears associated with lab-based products and  new technology

• Overcoming regulatory hurdles and cost barriers to drive costs down and bring cell-based seafood to the mass market

Other confirmed speakers at the event include:

Dr Siow Ying Tan, PepsiCo’s R&D Global External Innovation Lead of Academic Partnership

Dr Jorg Hager, Head of the Metabolic Health Department at Nestlé’s Institute of Health Science.

Belinda Reynolds, Director of Research, Product Development and Emerging Markets, Bioceuticals

Dr Okada Yumika Group Manager Supplements Research Group, FANCL

Dr Feng Lei, Principal Investigator at the Department of Psychological Medicine, National University of Singapore, 

Dr Reshmi Rajendran, Director of Danone’s global R&I Precision Nutrition D-Lab.

Dr Daisuke Fujiwara, Deputy Director of Kirin’s Business Creation Department

Dr Chan Shu Ting, Chief Supervisor of the Nutrigenomic Department at TCI Gene.

Joanne Todd, Challenge Director at New Zealand’s High Value Nutrition Challenge.

Joy Beckerman, Regulatory Officer and Industry Liaison, Elixinol

Alexandra Jones, the George Institute for Global Health

Dave McCaughan, Founder, ai.Agency

Amit Srivastava, Founder, the Responsible Nutrition Association of India

Steven Bartholomeusz, Policy Director, Food Industry Asia

This event will look at how the nutrition and food industry can meet the needs of the rapidly ageing populations of today, and more crucially, tomorrow.

Editor-in-Chief of both titles, and Regional Head of APAC at publisher William Reed, Gary Scattergood said: “We are delighted to announce that the event will be attended by a raft of great speakers from so many leading brands, which really goes to show how important this issue is.

“Last year’s event was hugely successful in shining the spotlight on the efforts food and nutrition companies are making to promote healthy changes across all life stages, and this year’s summit is shaping up to even better.”

The 2018 summit was attended by over 170 delegates from across the globe, with 90% revealing in a feedback survey that it met or exceeded their expectations. 85% said it provided significant value to their business.

The 2019 event has already received sponsorship backing from our valued partners Gencor, AstaReal, DuPont, Beneo, Tetra SOD and Rousselot.

Register for the event here

For sponsorship enquiries, please email fhrnaa.cru@jeoz.pbz​ or gvz.rinaf@jeoz.pbz

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