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Summit: Biofabricate Conference 2018, the future of grown materials

Text by CLOT Magazine

This Thursday 13 Biofabricate, the annual summit on grown materials, comes to New Lab in Brooklyn to celebrate its fifth anniversary. Founded by Suzanne Lee, since its inception the summit has brought together the global community of biodesigners, entrepreneurs, biologists, and thinkers for a single face-paced day to document and discuss biotechnology in the new material revolution.

This year’s conference will be centred around four sessions:  The Last 5 Years, Personal Care + Well-being, Bringing Products to Market, and Looking Forwards: The Next 5 Years. The day will start by wrapping the field of consumer biofabrication and introducing the 2018 Design Lab with the key innovations followed by session 2 in which speakers will present the way biotechnology is shaping personal care and beauty industry.

In the session 3, veterans like Jens Klein, CEO at AMSilk will discuss timeless and strategy to bring products to the market while the final session will address the challenges, perspectives, and opportunities that biofabrication and new materials have ahead.

This year’s edition of Biofabricate includes keynotes presentations from Jeff Beegle, CSO, Mobius Adital Ela, CEO, Criaterra, Aaron Nesser, CEO, AlgiKnit, and Dan Grushkin, Executive Director, Biodesign Challenge. On the other hand; two pioneer artists that have been interviewed by CLOT Magazine will be sharing their points of view in two different panels: Oron Catts, Director, SymbioticA will be talking at the panel Culture × Nature moderated by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Architecture & Design, MoMA and Maurizio Montalti, Co-founder & R&D Director, MOGU will be sharing his vision on the panel  Luxury × Biofabrication moderated by  Mimma Viglezio, Editor at SHOWstudio.

With Suzanne Lee and Cyrill Gutsch, CEO, Parley for the Oceans addressing the closing session one more year Biofabricate is shaping up to be the premier spot for seeing the future of grown materials from algae, bacteria to mushrooms and yeast.

(All photos courtesy of Biofabricate and copyrighted by Meg Wachter)
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