GIUSEPPE SCIONTI, PhD
CEO & Founder
Invited speaker at TEDx, SingularityU, European Parliament and United Nations conferences, Dr. Giuseppe Scionti has been featured on international media as the inventor the world's first 3D printed plant-based meat. Scionti was named one of the "Nine Innovators to Watch in 2019" by the Smithsonian Magazine. PhD in Biomedicine; Master in Tissue Engineering; MSc in Bioengineering; BSc in Bioengineering; Member of MENSA International High-IQ Society; Corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Eastern Andalusia. As former assistant professor in Bioengineering and researcher in Tissue Engineering, he worked in the design and generation of different 3D bioengineered tissue models such as muscle, bone, cartilage, cornea, skin, oral mucosa, peripheral nerve, tympanic membrane and blood vessels implants. Author of multiple publications in high-impact international journals. International patent published in 2014 on the generation of the world's first magnetic field sensitive biosynthetic tissues. In 2015, elected Judge for the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Awards of the MIT Technology Review.
JOAN SOLOMANDO MARTÍ
Senior Food engineer
Joan Solomando is NOVAMEAT's Senior Food Engineer, and the developer of the world's “most realistic plant-based steak" to date, according to The Guardian. In 2020, his work on 3D food printing at NOVAMEAT has been featured on international television and media (Financial Times, Reuters, CNN, AP, Bloomberg, Futurism, Yahoo, World Economic Forum, Deutsche Welle, Mediaset, El Pais, Expresso and 3D natives, among others). As a 3D food printing expert, he previously created the first algorithm to automate real chocolate printing for the food industry, and focused on product development while working with food-tech startups and Michelin-starred chefs.
MANAGER OF STRATEGY & OPERATIONS
Kristen is an MBA candidate at IESE Business School in Barcelona (Spain) and a Senior Associate at New Crop Capital. Originally from Toronto (Canada), she holds a Chemical Engineering degree from McMaster University. Prior to beginning her MBA and joining NOVAMEAT, she focused on operations, strategy, and sustainability as a technology consultant with various international corporations. She has also supported non-profits ranging from international animal rescues to food and agricultural advocacy. During her MBA, she has consulted with early stage startups on strategy and operations initiatives. In her spare time, Kristen loves adventure travel and cooking delicious plant-based meals.
ESTHER PLANS CORTINAS
Esther is a biotechnologist with experience in tissue engineering, fermentation processes and cell factories, with background education at the Technical University of Denmark and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Passionate for animal welfare, health and environmental sustainability, she aims to combine science with plant-based food to revolutionize the food industry.