Richard Bennet

Richard Bennett

CEO, Epicured

Richard Bennett spent most of his 15-year career making good health more accessible and more effective for more people. At Northwell Health, New York’s largest health system, Rich built a successful pharmacy chain that brought discharge prescriptions right to the patients’ bedsides, and fueled the hospitals’ wellness services and gyms by gamifying fitness and screenings…

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Julie Lerner

Angel Investor, 37 Angels

Julie is an Investor, entrepreneur and board member.  

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Marc Oshima, Aerofarms

Marc Oshima

Marc is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of AeroFarms, a leading clean-technology company.  

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Kirsten Saenz Tobey

Co-Founder & CIO, Revolution Foods

With a mission to improve family nutrition and citywide wellness, Kirsten Saenz Tobey co-founded Revolution Foods in 2006 and has delivered 360 million chef-crafted meals to schools. 

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Michelle Lorge

Vice President of Marketing, Simple Mills

Prior to her current role, Michelle spent 12 years with Kraft Foods in Brand Management & Innovation   

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Chris Mason PhD

Chris co-founded five biotechnology start-up companies (Genome Liberty, Biotia, Onegevity Health, P-Omics, and Shanghai GeneTech) and serves as an advisor to many others.

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Guru Banavar PhD

Chief Technology Officer, Viome

CTO @ Viome, a company that offers unprecedented visibility into the biological ecosystem inside each of us  and delivers personalized food & supplement recommendations to deter chronic disease.

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Liping Zhao PhD

Professor, Rutgers University

Dr Zhao is a world renowned scientist, a microbiologist and expert in  Metagenomics

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Julie E. Mann

Julie E. Mann

Prior to Ingredion, Julie spent 20 years of her career at The Hershey Company.  In her most recent role, she was Senior Manager, Plant Protein Research and Technology in the Snacks Division at Hershey.

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Robert Quinn PhD

Robert “Bob” Quinn is the author of the book: Grain by Grain: A Quest To Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs and Healthy Food

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Mary Leong

Director R&D Innovation , Water Lilies Foods

Prior to her current role, Mary has worked with fortune 500 companies such as Kraft, Campbell Soup, Mars and Hain Celestial.

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Innovating Food & Beverage: What are the emerging market leaders?

From plant based meat to lab cultured meat. Consumers are driving change in the industry and some companies are creating products that resonate well with consumers. How can we safely and effectively innovate in the food industry? What is working well? What is not? What technological innovations are aiding successful innovation in the industry

Gut Microbiome & Personalized Nutrition

Scientific breakthrough show a promising future for personalized nutrition. How can this findings be applied in the marketplace to effectively tackle issues in the health challenges and more.

How are these findings likely to change consumer behavior and drive further change in the market place in the coming years

Innovating Drink: Are Phytochemicals Enriched Product The Future?

Consumers continue to demand for healthier food & beverage products, are we accelerating growth fast enough? Are we investing enough in R&D to ensure products on the shelves hold health benefits for consumers?