Event description

Case studies will explore how emulsion, microbial, cultivated, and novel techniques can be harnessed to engineer animal-free fats and oils that not only mimic but outperform their unsustainable counterparts in taste, texture, cost, melting point, and nutritional value.

With key decision-makers including Chief Executive Officer’s and Chief Technology Officer’s in attendance, this summit will promise a gathering of influential minds in the industry to generate insights into the latest advancements in alternative fats and oils from the likes of Nourish Ingredients, Optimized Foods, and Mission Barns to comprehend how they are transforming the field. Priera Panescu, GFI’s Lead Scientist, Plant Based Specialist will lead an expert speaker session titled “Scaling Up Alternative Fat Bioprocessing Across Plant-Based, Fermentation & Cultivated Approaches.”

Event location

495 Geary Street
San Francisco, California 94102
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GFI speaker

Priera panescu, ph. D.

Priera Panescu, Ph.D.

LEAD SCIENTIST, PLANT-BASED

Priera’s role at GFI focuses on accelerating the plant-based meat industry through analyzing their plant-based protein landscape, identifying emerging technological solutions and bottlenecks, and communicating with other scientists about advancing alternative protein research. Priera has bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and math from the University of California, Santa Cruz as well as a master’s and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining GFI, Priera spent almost a decade focusing on polymer, formulation, and materials chemistry research. Particularly, she honed these skills for food security applications by creating novel sustainable agriculture materials and compounds.

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