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SpaceBiz Monthly May 2024 - "Space Gastronomy"


May 25 2024, Saturday10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (GMT +8:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore


5/F Entrepreneurship Centre, Core F, Cyberport 3, Hong Kong, 000000 and Online

, Singapore



Have you ever tried space cuisine — special meals prepared for astronauts or on an extended space mission?

Contrary to popular belief, space food is more than just freeze-dried vanilla ice cream, strawberry slices, or thousand-year-old Twinkies.

In May's SpaceBiz Talk, we will uncover the secrets behind space cuisine and the challenges faced in providing astronauts with safe, nutritious, and palatable meals. Discover how scientists and experts are pushing the boundaries of food technology to create compact and gravity-defying pre-packaged meals that can withstand extreme conditions in space.

Our speakers will shed light on the future of space food technology, innovative developments such as mycelium food technology and cultivated black truffles through super micro-food bacteria enzymes to see how sustainable approaches ensure a continuous source of nutrients for astronauts on their prolonged journeys to outer space.

Date: 25 May 2024 (Saturday)

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 5/F Entrepreneurship Centre, Core F, Cyberport 3, Hong Kong

Language: English

Format: In-person or Online


  • Mr. Eugene Wang, Co-Founder & CEO of Sophie's BioNutrients from Netherlands

  • Dr. CH Tien, President/CEO of Space Node Lab from Silicon Valley

  • Ms. Kitty Tang, Founder & CEO of Kolour Think Tang (KTT) and 60 Pins from Hong Kong

Special Guest: Prof. Wong Ka-hing, Director of Research Institute for Future Food (RiFood) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Moderator: Ms. Francesca Lee, Founder of Per Suit

Academic Hindsight and Input:

  • Prof. Gregg Li, President and Executive Director of OASA

  • Mr. Tom Chan, Food Safety Graduate

Investment Hindsight and Input: Prof. Richard Leung, International Advisory Committee at Research Institute for Future Food (RiFood), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University



  • Free for OASA Members

  • Non-Member: HKD 380 to join in-person; HKD 100 to join for online attendance

  • Discount code exclusively for DTC: SUPPORT50

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Date: 25 May 2024, Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (GMT +8:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore
Location: 5/F Entrepreneurship Centre, Core F, Cyberport 3, Hong Kong, 000000 and Online


Speaker's Profile:

Mr. Eugene Wang, Co-Founder & CEO, Sophie's BioNutrients
Mr. Eugene Wang

Eugene Wang grew up immersed in the vegetarian food business. Since 2010, his vision for launching Sophie's Kitchen, the first Plant-Based Seafood Alternative, has manifested into a viable category innovation lauded by the press and social media thought leaders. Sophie's Kitchen had won numerous recognitions from companies like PepsiCo and Chipotle. In 2019, Eugene took the alternative protein to the microorganism level and started another venture - Sophie's BioNutrients. The Singapore-based company, which grows microalgae in bioreactors and has recently expanded to Europe. The company created the world's first allergen-free microalgae-based dairy alternatives and microalgae-based burger patties with its microalgae protein concentrate.

Speaker's Profile:

Dr. CH Tien, President/CEO, Space Node Lab
Dr. CH Tien

With over 30 years of experience in the technology sector, Dr. CH Tien has been a pivotal figure in heralding the onset of new tech eras as a technology evangelist. Known as the "Oracle Technologist," his illustrious career is marked by a series of pioneering projects that harness the latest technologies to elevate human and social welfare, alongside a strong commitment to bolstering the planet's ecological health. Dr. Tien has been researching into space projects for nearly a decade. He had worked with the late Dr. Joseph Anthony Resnick, a distinguished former NASA scholar and scientist, a holder of 26 patents, who has laid a solid foundation on the food preservation and storage for our space food project.

Speaker's Profile:

Ms. Kitty Tang, Founder & CEO, Kolour Think Tank (KTT) and 60 Pins
Ms. Kitty Tang

Kitty Tang is the Founder & CEO of Kolour Think Tank (KTT), an IT consulting firm that specialises in AI, IoT, and ESG solutions. She has over a decade of experience in the IT consulting sector, leading KTT to develop innovative and integrated solutions for various industries. Beyond her role at KTT, Kitty is also passionate about education and technology. She is the founder of 60Pins, a STEM-focused brand that aims to bring cutting-edge technology to educational settings. One of her initiatives is the ASTRON SPACE LAB, an international competition of space technology. SPCS students from the previous cohort had been awarded one of the 10 winners from 700 teams from 23 countries. The topic is feasibility to grow algae in the ISS. They are the first team in Hong Kong to be awarded with Flight Status in the ISS.