Biotech and Novel Ingredients
Modernization of the global food supply chain is happening through the application of AI, robotics, biotech, and data analysis. In order to meet the demands of a rapidly changing planet, we believe a focus on this technology application space as a key economic cluster is an imperative.
Co-Chair: Dr. Weslee Glenn, Ayana Bio
Co-Chair: Dr. Jonathan Clinthorne, Simply Good Foods Company
Faculty Advisor: Open
Novel and bio synthetic ingredients continue to disrupt and add complexity to the food supply. Examples of these ingredients include fiber, proteins, sugar, fats, vitamins, minerals, and chemical additives. With the goal of creating a nutrition-centered food system, this group examines how we best support rapid evolution of these ingredients: what must happen to further this goal and what must stop? The group discusses how the evolution of food science and technology will require us to redefine “ultra-processed” foods, with the aim of de-villainizing the term and moving towards a value-add lexicon emphasizing additives of healthy, microbiome-positive ingredients.