Cultured Meat and Future Food Podcast

Cultured Meat and Future Food Podcast
A look into a sustainable future
Dr Tom Simmons of Stem
Apr 15 • 29 min
Tom is Founder and CEO of Stem! He formerly held fellowships at the University of Cambridge and at the World Economic Forum and has advocated sugar reduction initiatives through Sky News and Channel 4 television appearances.
Laura D’Asaro of Chirps
Apr 2 • 24 min
Laura D’Asaro and Alex Shirazi chat about the marketing behind getting people to “eat bugs” and how the journey to powdered cricket proteins started. Laura D’Asaro is the co-founder/CEO of Chirps, a company that works to normalize insect consumption as a…
Julia Aumüller and Jens Tuider of ProVeg
Mar 13 • 32 min
Julia Aumüller, studied sociology and specialized in sociology of food. She is working as Executive coordinator at ProVeg, working closely with the CEO, COO and International Director. She is also responsible for the organization of the New Food…
Dr. Can Akcali of
Mar 9 • 26 min
Can Akcali MD PhD, is a full professor of Cellular and Molecular Biology. He received MD from Ankara University and Ph D from University of Cincinnati, Dept.of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Currently he is a faculty member at Ankara University, School…
Is cultured meat vegan? – Kenny Torrella – Mercy For Animals
Feb 5 • 31 min
Kenny Torrella serves as Mercy For Animals’ director of communications. Alex Shirazi and Kenny Torella discuss the role of future food technologies, how it relates to animal welfare, and a world without animal traditional agriculture practices. He works…
Tom Ben Arye – Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Jan 6 • 26 min
Tom is an Israeli Ph.D candidate developing clean meat in the Levenberg lab of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He finished his B.Sc in molecular biochemistry in the Technion with great honors and his M.Sc in the Levenberg lab. During his…
Sara M. Oliveira of INL
Dec 17, 2018 • 24 min
Sara Oliveira is a biomedical engineer specialized in tissue engineering. Two years after her PhD, she decided to dive in to a new adventure. Sara holds a PhD in Bioengineering Systems from the MIT Portugal Program at the University of Minho and she has…
Keith Zakheim of Antenna Group
Nov 27, 2018 • 26 min
As chief executive officer, Keith Zakheim ensures Antenna lives and breathes the firm’s core values — strong ethics that instill trust and impart transparency; respectful, positive, collaborative, mutually beneficial relationships among client-partners,…
Sandhya Sriram of Shiok Meats
Oct 24, 2018 • 22 min
Dr. Sandhya Sriram has extensive experience in the biotechnology space. We discuss her interest in business and the path that led to the cell-based meat startup, Shiok Meats. Learn how the Asia-Pacific region can greatly benefit from cell-based meat…
Thomas King of Food Frontier
Oct 14, 2018 • 27 min
Thomas King discusses how he started out as an environmental advocate at an early age. This led his work to focus on alternatives to animal agriculture, the cause of many of the problems he was tackling. He founded Food Frontier to focus on ways to bring…
Ali Bouzari of Pilot R&D and Render Foods
Oct 10, 2018 • 25 min
In this episode, Alex Shirazi and Ali Bouzari talk about future food technologies and developing food that creates an experience. We chat about the potential of cell-based meat and whether we should dare to explore creations such as “designer meats”. The…
Carrie Kuball of EnviroFlight
Oct 7, 2018 • 19 min
Carrie Kuball and Alex Shirazi chat about the future of food technology as it relates to insect proteins and animal feed. Carrie discusses the Black Soldier Fly and the benefits of sustainably farming insects as a protein source for animal feed. CMS18 is…
David Benzaquen of Ocean Hugger Foods and PlantBased Solutions
Sep 30, 2018 • 24 min
Alex Shirazi and David Benzaquen talk about the increasing rise of popularity for plant based alternatives and food technology startups. David describes the market for new types of foods and how plant based products play a huge role in future food…
Ahmed Khan of CellAgri – Clean Meat Founders Series
Sep 18, 2018 • 26 min
We wrap up the Clean Meat Founders Series with Ahmed Khan. Alex and Ahmed discuss the Cellular Agriculture industry, the products that are currently available, and what it takes to be a key player in the space. Ahmed Khan is the founder and editor of…
Darren Henry of Seafuture Sustainable Biotech – Clean Meat Founders Series
Sep 11, 2018 • 18 min
Learn about the basics of aquaculture and how cell-based fish could change they way we consume seafood. Dr. Darren Henry discusses his company and describes his vision for the path of cell-based meat coming to market. Dr. Darren Henry is the founder of…
Brian Spears of New Age Meats
Sep 5, 2018 • 36 min
Brian Spears and Alex Shirazi sit down at the IndieBio HQ in San Francisco to discuss New Age Meats. This episode was recorded live August 5, 2018. Brian Spears is the cofounder and CEO of New Age Meats. After graduating as a chemical engineer, he worked…
Didier Toubia of Aleph Farms
Aug 29, 2018 • 23 min
I had the pleasure of speaking with Didier Toubia of Aleph Farms. We discussed the future of clean meat as it relates to antibiotics, coming to market, and the co-existing of animal farmers and cultured meat. Didier Toubia is a Biologist and Food Engineer…
Stephanie Wallis and Benjamina Bollag of HigherSteaks
Aug 15, 2018 • 22 min
Alex talks clean meat with Stephanie Wallis and Benjamina Bollag of HigherSteaks. Based in London, HigherSteaks is creating cultured meat starting with minced products and then moving on to more complex structures. Listen in as we discuss the state of the…
Ron Shigeta of Wild Earth – Clean Meat Founders Series
Jul 27, 2018 • 31 min
Ron Shigeta PhD is a a co-founder of IndieBio, the world’s premiere accelerator for biotechnology. Ron helped establish a portfolio of 68 innovative consumer and startup biotech companies embraced by tech and industrial investors alike. Food investments…
Robert Yaman of Kiran – Clean Meat Founders Series
Jul 20, 2018 • 33 min
Robert Yaman is the Co founder of Kiran, a clean meat company based in San Francisco. Robert and I chat about the path to creating a clean meat company, the resources available in the industry for early stage founders, and the growth and future of clean…
Peter Verstrate of Mosa Meat – Clean Meat Founders Series
Jul 13, 2018 • 23 min
Peter Verstrate is the CEO of Mosa Meat, the company known for producing the first Cultured Meat hamburger in 2013. Peter and I chat about the developments in the cellular agriculture industry, the startups in the space, and the exciting direction of…
Episode 08: Erin Kim
Jul 6, 2018 • 39 min
I chat with Erin Kim of New Harvest about a realistic approach to cultured meat. We discuss the early days of New Harvest, the transformation of the industry, and have some straight talk about what we are calling the future of meat. Bonus: Cricket Burgers!
Episode 07: David Welch
Jun 28, 2018 • 25 min
Clean Meat could change the way we produce food in the future. I had a great discussion Dr. David Welch covering topics related to Clean Meat research, types of stem cells used for cellular agriculture, FBS and clean serums, and ultra running!
Episode 06: Rosie Bosworth
Jun 21, 2018 • 29 min
Dr. Rosie Bosworth is making change in the global food system. Alex and Rosie discuss the state of clean meat, vertical farming, and the startups that are making an impact.
Episode 05: Isha Datar
May 27, 2018 • 28 min
Cultured Meat or Clean Meat is changing the world in many different ways. Isha Datar of New Harvest talks about the technology behind cellular agriculture and the importance of researching this technology for the future of the global food system.
Episode 04: Lisa Feria
May 1, 2018 • 27 min
Cultured Meat or Clean Meat is changing the world in many different ways. Lisa Feria from Stray Dog Capital discusses the cultured meat and plant based meat startup landscape and the opportunities that are available within the space.
Episode 03: Paul Shapiro
Apr 7, 2018 • 34 min
Cultured Meat or Clean Meat is changing the world in many different ways. Paul Shapiro is the author of “Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World”. Paul shares his experience eating different types of clean meat…
Episode 02: Daan Luining
Mar 8, 2018 • 24 min
Cultured Meat or Clean Meat is changing the world in many different ways. Daan Luining discusses the role of Cultured Meat and how it’s made, when we might be seeing it on store shelves, and the next generation of space food.
Episode 01: Brad Barbera
Mar 4, 2018 • 30 min
Cultured Meat or Clean Meat is changing the world in many different ways. Brad Barbera, the Director of Innovation at the Good Food Institute (, discusses how the clean meat revolution can change the world in terms of health, the environment,…