PME Industry Seminar Series - Dr. Shou Wang

Thursday, April 8, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Dr. Shou Wong, Head of Technology Scouting – External Partnerships & Innovation, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
The World’s Increasing Unsatiable and Unsustainable Appetite for Meat: Solutions and an Unlikely Career Journey from Microbiology to Clean Meat

By 2050, estimates suggest that the number of people on the planet will have increased by 2 billion, from 7.7 billion to 9.7 million – and could peak at nearly 11 billion at the turn of the century. But the demand for more meat isn’t only fueled by our growing population – economic development and the expanding middle-classes are also important factors. Put simply, as people get richer, they can afford – and want – to eat more meat. Estimates suggest that by 2050, the demand for meat and milk will grow by a staggering 70%. And it’s a similar story when it comes to seafood – we are now eating more than double the amount of fish than we did 50 years ago Eliminating the need to breed, raise and slaughter animals for food, clean meat – which is also known as cultured, cultivated or cell-based meat– offers a way to reduce the environmental impact of traditional meat production.

Dr. Wong is Head of Technology Scouting at Merck KGaA’s Silicon Valley Innovation Hub. He has deep expertise in business development, technology transfer and strategic partnerships. Dr. Wong’s career includes various senior management positions at Merck KGaA/MilliporeSigma, ATCC, Dow Microbial Control (now DuPont) and Life Technologies (now ThermoFisher).
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