Andras Forgacs: Leather and Meat without Killing Animals
By 2050, it will take 100 billion land animals to provide the world’s population with meat, dairy, eggs and leather goods. Maintaining this herd will take a huge, potentially unsustainable toll on the planet. What if there were a different way? In this eye-opening talk, tissue engineering advocate Andras Forgacs argues that biofabricating meat and leather is a civilized way to move past killing animals for hamburgers and handbags.
Date: January 29, 2016 (Friday)
Time: 7:30pm (Light Dinner at 7:00pm)
Venue: College Hall, Jockey Club Student Village III 9 Lung Wah Street, Kennedy Town
An entrepreneur in tissue engineering, Andras Forgacs is the co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow, a company developing novel biomaterials. These include cultured meat and leather which, as they put it, “will require no animal slaughter and much lower inputs of land, water, energy and chemicals”. This approach involves sourcing cells from living animals, multiplying these cells into billions, and then assembling them into the tissue precursors of meat or leather. The products, for now, are at a prototype stage.
Previously, Andras co-founded Organovo, which uses 3D bioprinting to create human tissues for pharmaceutical research and medical applications, such as drug development and replacement tissues. Organovo’s bioprinting technology was recognized by MIT Technology Review on its TR50 list of most innovative companies for 2012.
Andras was a speaker at TEDGlobal 2013, Google’s Solve for X 2013, Singularity University and The Economist Ideas Conference. His focus is on innovation, entrepreneurship and investment with the potential to have global positive impact.
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HKU Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
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