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Cellular Agriculture

This is a Tech Alliance event

  • Free for BioTechNZ and AgriTechNZ members
  • $35 for non-members
  • This is a physical in-person event only

Biotechnology securing the future of food and agriculture

On this planet, we can’t feed our children’s children with the food systems we’re currently using. In the next 25 years, all the additional food our growing population requires will come from improvements to our current food systems but we will reach capacity limits. The world needs new options and governments, investors and innovators around the world are working on those options now.

In New Zealand, we can grow more of what we’ve got by continuing to improve our current systems, reducing waste and addressing environmental impacts. This doesn’t mean things won’t change, but we’re great at developing the technologies that enable sustainable production. We can also amplify our impact by sharing our ability to translate technology for the benefit of the food systems around the world. Our agritech developments are good for the world.

That is still insufficient to feed future populations. We need to do all of that and then some. Around the world innovators are developing the technologies that will drive new food systems. These need to be developed NOW if they are to provide in the future. New Zealand’s innovators have a key role to play because there are real problems to solve and our innovators have the skills and experience needed.

BioTechNZ and AgriTechNZ are joining to start a discussion on the technologies that will create these needed options. Join us to hear about the role of cellular agriculture and gene editing.

The term ‘cellular agriculture’ is a global trend, and the technology is in its early stages of development. There are no products available within Aotearoa New Zealand. We’ll explore the opportunity for New Zealand. We’ll discuss the complexity of creating teams to innovate in this space and the opportunity in using biotechnologies such as gene editing to create these needed options for global food security.

To feed the world, it doesn’t have to be factory v’s pasture or farm v’s lab…we need all the skills we’ve got and to protect all that we’re given.

Join us to hear from a number of speakers:

Dr Olivia Oglivie is a Fellow at The University of Canterbury, where she works on cellular agriculture, focusing on cell-based meat. Olivia completed her PhD at The University of Auckland where her thesis was placed in the top 5% for academic performance. She is actively involved in early-stage investment, working as an Iraoho-Analyst with Matū Fund and Momentum Return on Science Investment Committees. She is a judge for the XPRIZE Feed The Next Billion Competition.

Amos Palfreymanstarted his career working for Fonterra as part of its US joint venture DairiConcepts. He then worked in business development for the Israel Trade Commission, building technology partnerships between New Zealand and Israel, and subsequently FoodHQ where he co-founded the Emerging Proteins NZ network and was responsible for managing FoodHQ’s international partnerships. Amos is currently Partnerships Manager at Sprout Agritech.

Dr. Greg Bryan is a co-founder and the CTO of ZeaKal where he drives and aligns ZeaKal’s R&D and corporate strategy goals. After working with Dupont in the development of resistance to fungal pathogens in rice and wheat, Greg joined AgResearch Ltd., as a Principal Investigator building the plant and fungal biotechnology capabilities from the ground up. Greg alongside Dr. Nick Roberts  (CSO), produced the body of research for improving the nutritional quality and growth rates of temperate forages that would eventually lead to the creation of PhotoSeed. Greg has led and supported the raising of nearly $100M of government and industry investment in plant and fungal biotechnology and is a recipient of numerous research and commercialization awards.

Event Details:

  • Date: Wednesday 4th August 2021
  • Time: 3:30pm -6:30pm
  • Cost: Members – Free ($35 non-members)
  • Location: This event is physical only – The Factory, 21 Dairy Farm Road, Palmerston North

Thanks to The Factory, FoodHQ and Sprout Agritech for sponsoring this event




Aug 04
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
$0 -35
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The Factory
21 Dairy Farm Road
Palmerston North, 4472
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