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Dr Mark Post

Lab burger scientist for Abu Dhabi forum

Abu Dhabi, January 15, 2014

The scientist behind the world’s first lab-grown burger, Dr Mark Post, will address world-leading innovators, investors and experts at an upcoming agriculture forum in Abu Dhabi.

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), the world’s largest showcase of game-changing agricultural innovations and technology, will run from February 3 to 5 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company.

Dr Mark Post is Professor of Vascular Physiology at Holland’s Maastricht University. He and his team grew the burger in their laboratory using over 20,000 muscle fibres from cow stem cells. The $350,000 project was funded by Google co-founder Sergey Brin and has the potential to revolutionise the meat industry.

“We are delighted to be able to confirm Dr Post’s participation in GFIA. His groundbreaking research may pave the way for a more humane, environmentally friendly future for the food industry. Those attending GFIA will benefit immensely from Dr Post’s dynamism and innovation,” said Mark Beaumont, GFIA project director.

Dr Post and other world-leading experts in the fields of agricultural innovation and research will give their ‘Visions for an Agricultural Revolution.’

These include Dr Frank Rijsberman, CEO of CGIAR Consortium, the world’s largest agricultural research partnership and Andras Forgacs, CEO of Modern Meadow and the pioneer of 3D-printed meat and leather.

The GFIA programme will focus on new exciting innovations, with a dedicated Innovation Zone where some of the latest food production technologies have been assembled by GFIA's Knowledge Partner, the University of Arizona.

The Innovation Zone will demonstrate how food can be sustainably produced by integrating the latest technologies. Included in this area will be technologies relating to algae-based fuel production, aquaculture, solar energy, desalination and high tech agricultural lighting. Staff from the university will be on hand to discuss the exhibits.

There will also be an Incubator Zone, a sponsored and subsidised area that will showcase innovative ideas from over 30 entrepreneurs and start-ups from around the world. The companies involved are all looking for partners to support the development of their innovations and to meet investors, scientists and business partners to help them get their product to market. Among the many exhibited innovations will be an underground irrigation system, nano-tech micronutrients, funding and investment and sensor technology. – TradeArabia News Service




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