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Tech at the Table

Business Academy meeting – for innovators in food

24 March 2022 | 09:30 - 25 March 2022 | 13:00

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Tech at the Table

Biotechnology as an enabling technology in food. In the old days fermentation was used to conserve and process foods, nowadays it is used to create vegetable proteins and other meat alternatives. During this masterclass ‘Tech at the Table’ participants will be introduced to the possibilities of biotechnology as a green, enabling technology to provide new ingredients and concepts in food. Participants will acquire an understanding of the characteristics, functionalities and advantages of these ‘Tech at the Table’ food ingredients.

Tech at the Table

For thousands of years the fermentation technology is used to transform food by using bacteria, yeast, fungi and enzymes. And to preserve and add flavour, colour and taste to food products like cheese, yoghurt, vinegar, soya sauce and tobasco. Today, the fermentation process is also used to produce protein rich food ingredients, socalled meat alternatieves. During the 1 ½ day masterclass industry experts from both multinational and start-up companies provide the participants from the food ingredients industry with an update on fermentation technology. What are the milestones to be reached within the next years before these technologies provide consumers with a substantial share of vegetable, animal or cultured meat alternatives. What are the biggest challenges to meet before these products can be consumed by the ‘many millions?’ What will be the route to market and how does this fit within European food legislation. These and many more questions will be answered by industry experts, scientists and true entrepreneurs.


24 March 2022


Module 1:

New Substrates

09.30 hrs

Registration @ Biotech Campus Delft

10.00 hrs


Cindy Gerhardt, Planet-B.io

10.15 hrs

Introduction Participants

10.30 hrs

Renewable Chemicals

Marcel  Wubbolts, Corbion

11.30  hrs


12.00 hrs

The Paradigm Shift

Wim de Laat, The Protein Brewery

13.00 hrs



Module 2:

Alternative Ingredients

14.00 hrs

Cultivated Meat

Hans Huistra, Meatable

15.00 hrs


15.30 hrs

Mild Fractionation of food ingredients

René Nanninga, XPure Systems

16.30 hrs

Wrap up

Halbe Vogel, IFFI

16.45 hrs


Cindy Gerhardt, Planet-B.io

18.00 hrs

Drinks & Dinner – Networking Moment

21.30 hrs



25 March 2022


Module 3:

Enabling Technologies

09.00 hrs

Registration @ Location DSM

09.30 hrs


Dirk Lippits, DSM

10.00 hrs

Co-innovation in Industrial Biotechnology

Speaker to be confirmed

11.00 hrs


11.30 hrs

Tour DSM – R&D Facilities

Judith van Peij-Visser, DSM

12.30 hrs

Closing and light lunch

Halbe Vogel, IFFI

Cindy Gerardt

Open Innovation! In collaboration with the Planet B.io the IFFI event is hosted at the Biotech Campus Delft. Planet B.io is centrally located on the campus and stimulating open innovation within the field of industrial biotechnology. Providing an ecosystem of pilot facilities and industrial production as well as a community of researchers, co-entrepreneurs and authorities.

Cindy Gerhardt is Managing Director Planet B.io at Biotech Campus Delft.

Cindy is a passionate innovator in life sciences. Starting as a scientist in medical biology / molecular pharmacology, she first learned about the difference between invention and innovation. Triggered by the challenge to valorize science and technology, she moved to the Food industry in 1999 to work as R&D manager in Unilever. In 2006, Cindy moved to DSM Food Specialties where she held jobs as R&D program manager, business development manager, global innovation manager, and COO of the DSM Biotechnology Center. As of September 2018, she’s developing the industrial site of DSM in Delft into a Biotech Campus.

Marcel Wubbolts

The chemical industry can address the SDG’s of this planet and provide sustainable biotech solutions. With the help of fermentation different organic side streams become available as substrates to be used for the processing of new food ingredients and renewable materials.

Marcel Wubbolts is Chief Science & Sustainability Officer at Corbion.

I am passionate about developing profitable, effective and sustainable solutions, addressing global challenges in materials, nutrition and resource scarcity by taking Nature as inspiration. Developing Innovative solutions “designed by science, powered by Nature and delivered through dedication”. We have only One World after all…

My specialties include: research management, metabolic engineering, biotechnology, biocatalysis, bioprocess engineering, molecular biology, route scouting

Wim de Laat

‘Brewing food proteins´, Wim will share with the participants experiences and insights about the 7 year development of FermoteinR and precision fermentation towards functional proteins. As a true entrepreneur believing in the potential of the fermentation process delivering Fermotein to be used as a rich protein source in foods’.

Wim de Laat is Founder & CEO at The Protein Brewery.

Wim is an experienced owner, skilled in Research and Development (R&D), Chemistry, Life Sciences, Bioprocessing, and Fermentation Technology. He is a strong entrepreneurship professional with a Masters focused in Molecular Sciences from Wageningen University and Research Centre.

Hans Huistra

Pioneering the new natural! Innovative, Dutch food company, Meatable is aiming to deliver, at scale, the new natural. Cultivated meat that looks like, tastes like, and has the nutritional profile of traditional meat. Its proprietary opti-ox™ technology enables Meatable to produce meat efficiently, sustainably, and without harming animals.

Hans Huistra is COO at Meatable.

Hans is an entrepreneurial senior executive with more than twenty years of international leadership experience in the FMCG and Food industry in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and the US.

René Nanninga

How to get food ingredients from fermentation broths or alternative renewable sources? XPure, a startup business participating in Planet-B.io’s ecosystem, uses continuous chromatographic separation technology to refine fermentation streams or side streams from agricultural sources to purified, high value food ingredients. René demonstrates to the participants the advantageous functionalities of this ‘underestimated technology’ to be used as a continuous production process of food ingredients like proteins.

René Nanninga is Director XPure Systems, ProPharmaGroup.

Continuous Ion Exchange and Chromatography Simulated Moving Bed (SMB) and Expanded Bed Adsorption (EBA) technologies, enabling plant based chemistry and sustainable process industry.

Dirk Lippits

Fermentation, an enabling technology in food! Participants are welcomed at the premises of DSM, IFFI member and supplier of many biotech solutions in the food and food ingredients industry. Dirk will guide us along the manyfold, sustainable business propositions of biotechnology as a green, enabling technology to provide new ingredients and concepts in food.

Dirk Lippits is President/Business Unit Director Dairy Baking Beverages at DSM.

Today, the tall man from Brabant is president/business unit director at Dairy Baking Beverages, a subsidiary of DSM. Dirk has been working for this group for more than eight years, after just over five years as a consultant at McKinsey. Still, it may have felt a bit like coming home at DSM, because as a student , Dirk also worked for this company. At the branch in Geleen, he was a research scientist, after his chemistry study, which he completed with honors. He says that his analytical and creative abilities have brought him a lot in his career. At the same time, Dirk believes that the next generation leader (which he emphasizes is not a manager) will work much more from intent, trust and empowerment than the generations before him.

Speaker to be confirmed

Co-Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology.

Judith van Peij-Visser

A peek in the kitchen! Developing high level biotech business propositions Judith will share here experiences and insights using biotech / fermentation as an abling technology to have well positioned food ingredients concepts. Additionally the participants will require a glimpse of DSM’s impressive R&D facilities.

Judith van Peij-Visser is Innovation Manager at DSM Food Specialties.

The meeting is for professionals and specialists working the area of innovation within the food (ingredients) industry. Participants will share insights and best practices leading to a better understandig of current and future business opportunities.

IFFI members have complimentary registration.
Fee for non-members is € 450,- per ticket.


Registration is open for members (both days) and non-members (24 March only):

  • IFFI Members: participation is covered by the membership fee. *
    Please register by filling in your login details
  • Non-members: € 450,- (excl. VAT) – 24 March only

* IFFI members are employed by the IFFI member companies


Biotech Campus Delft
Alexander Fleminglaan 1
2613 AX Delft

Hotel Accommodation

Delft has numerous hotels where a hotel room can be booked. Check booking.com for suggestions.

A recommendation is Museumhotels Delft
Phoenixstraat 50A
2611 AM  Delft
Website Museumhotels Delft
For booking, call: 015 215 3070


24 March 2022 | 09:30
25 March 2022 | 13:00
Free – €450.00
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