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Why Should Deep Tech Care About Cell-Cultured Proteins?


Nov 01 2023, Wednesday04:00 PM - 06:00 PM (GMT +8:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore


32 Carpenter Street, 059911 and Online

, Singapore



Singapore has gained international recognition for its pioneering role in regulating cell-based protein. This distinction has propelled the country's reputation, making it an appealing destination for foreign entities seeking to tap into this emerging industry, while also fostering an environment conducive to local innovation.

To sustain Singapore's position as a global leader in this field, it is crucial that we collaborate and devise strategies to work collectively towards this common goal. The event is first in a series that encourages the deep-tech community to explore innovation opportunities in the cultivated meat industry. Putting together a panel of experts that has wealth of experience working in the community, participants can look forward to learning about the opportunities that the industry holds and how to gain access to them. The objective of the event covers two concepts: Incentivising (i) To motivate the deep-tech community to consider innovating in the cell-based protein space. (ii) To explore untapped business opportunities in the sector that the deep-tech community can leverage. Navigating (ii) To help tech innovators navigate the landscape by gaining insights and understanding of the regulatory paths available to accelerate commercialisation. (iii) To identify gaps in regulatory frameworks requiring changes/updates to facilitate innovations.


Date: 01 Nov 2023, Wednesday
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (GMT +8:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore
Location: 32 Carpenter Street, 059911 and Online


Speaker's Profile:

David Ettinger, Chief Representative, Shanghai, China Office, Keller and Heckman
David Ettinger

Mr. David Ettinger is the Chief Representative in Keller and Heckman’s Shanghai, China office and previously worked in the firm’s Washington, DC and Brussels offices. David counsels multinational companies on food, with a unique emphasis on alternative proteins including plant- and cultivated-based foods. He handles matters in Asia ranging from ingredient and labeling review, to product seizure and detention, to food and consumer product recalls and consumer complaints. David is the Past-Chair of Mackrell International, a global legal network of over 90 international independent law firms in 60 countries. In addition, David is past Chair and current Vice Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai’s (AmCham Shanghai) Food, Agriculture & Beverage Committee. David also is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: FDA Law, 2016 – 2024 and Chambers China Ranked Attorney: Life Sciences (International Firms), 2018 – 2023.

Speaker's Profile:

Neha Poddar, Partner, Good Startup
Neha Poddar

Neha is a Partner at Good Startup where she heads investments and is responsible for deal origination, investment analysis and portfolio management. She works closely with Good Startup’s portfolio companies to help them in their mission of furthering the alternative protein industry. She has 13+ years of experience in financial markets spanning private equity, fixed income, credit, and public equities. Previously, she was a director of investments at JI Capital Partners, and before that an equity derivatives trader at Bank of America Merrill Lynch covering Southeast Asia and India. Neha holds an MBA (High Honors) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay. Neha is a recipient of the prestigious Siebel Scholarship.

Speaker's Profile:

Peter Yu, Programme Director, APAC Society for Cellular Agriculture
Peter Yu

Peter Yu is the Program Director at the APAC Society for Cellular Agriculture – an association and coalition of 10+ cultivated meat and seafood companies across the APAC region. Through the society, Peter works as a drive-force to both promote the industry as well as to encourage the establishment efficient and transparent regulations and policies. Peter is actively engaging towards creating a harmonised cultivated food industry, and have experience in driving various of industry moving projects across the globe. Peter is the Co-chair of the Enterprise Singapore Pro-term committee for setting Novel food standards, and has been a convener for the first MoU regarding regional Nomenclature alignment in Asia. Moreover, Peter was appointed as a technical expert to FAO/WHO on safety guidelines for the industry. Peter holds dual Masters’ degrees (MBA + Bioengineering) and is pursuing a third in Law. 

Moderator's Profile:

Tan Lay Poh, Associate Professor, School of Material Science and Engineering, NTU
Tan Lay Poh

A/Prof Tan Lay Poh of the School of Materials Science and Engineering, NTU, Singapore is a polymer engineering in training. Her research group works on developing engineering platforms to investigate cell-material interactions that eventually provided insight to develop 3D scaffolds and cell culture platforms for soft tissue engineering. The lab focuses significantly on platforms that modulate cellular and focal adhesions spatial control, including shape and cluster size; which consequently drives cellular behavior such as differentiation, migration, phenotypic maintenance etc. With these insights, various 3D scaffolds that mimic ECM physical properties were developed. For the past years, the laboratory has started using these insights from tissue engineering platforms and translated them for cultivated meat applications. These platforms are versatile and could mitigate the dependence on expensive differentiation media.