Ricky Cassini, Michroma

Ricky Cassini is the Co-Founder and CEO of Michroma 🍄🧬🌈. Michroma was born to create innovative ingredients for consumers, the planet, and food companies. Urged by his entrepreneurial essence, he created visionary startups with a positive environmental impact. He is an Indiebio alumni and was selected as Young Founder of Westerwelle Foundation. Prior to founding Michroma in 2019, Ricky was also a Strategy Consultant for multinational companies and served as Profesor of Operations and Logistics at Austral University. He holds a degree in Business Administration and a postgraduate degree in Industrial Management.

Patrick Collopy, Chromologics

Patrick Collopy is an experienced business leader with over 15 years bringing new technologies from lab to market in all aspects of the food production value chain. His work has focused on new & novel pesticides, biopesticides, and food ingredients. He is scientifically trained in fungal genetics from the University of Wisconsin, Penn State, and Dartmouth. With an MBA from Cornell, he connects novel innovations to key markets with a strong understanding of the voice of customers as well as the scientific capabilities of biotechnology. He is currently Vice President of Product Strategy at Chromologics and lives in Copenhagen, Denmark with his wife and daughter.

Kristi Muldoon Jacobs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Dr. Kristi Muldoon Jacobs is the current Acting Director for the FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS). OFAS is responsible for ensuring the safety of direct and indirect food additives, color additives and GRAS substances as well as supporting safety and innovation in food from new plant varieties and made with cultured animal cells. Dr. Muldoon Jacobs earned a Ph.D. from UMDNJ/Rutgers University program in biomedical sciences and continued research at NIH/National Cancer Institute on mechanism of tumor suppression and carcinogenesis. In her previous roles at FDA and USP she served as a toxicologist with expertise in the safety assessment of FDA regulated products including food ingredients, indirect and direct additives, dietary supplements, and drug impurities. She has extensive knowledge regulatory systems globally to ensure quality and safety of products and has served as an expert to JECFA, OECD and ICH committees. She is an internationally recognized expert in the application of new and alternative safety and risk assessment methods such as TTC, QSAR and read across methodology. She has served as an expert on 15 international working groups and has published over 30 peer reviewed publications in areas related to her expertise.

Erin McVeigh, Anthesis

Erin leads the supply chain and operations practice At Anthesis. She is a dynamic leader and change maker with over 20 years of experience in EH&S; Product Compliance; Sustainability & ESG. She is committed to driving transformational change and creating impact through data and technology. Prior to Anthesis, she was the VP of Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives at Higg (now Worldly) and the Chief Product and Technology Officer at Verisk Maplecroft.

Erin has worked for a range of clients across a multitude of sectors with a deep dive focus on Supply Chain Sustainability. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a master’s degree in Natural Resource Law Studies, focusing on Environmental Law and Natural Resource Planning, from the University of Denver College of Law.

Bryan Sylvester, Perkins Coie

Brian P. Sylvester is a partner at international law firm Perkins Coie, resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He focuses his regulatory practice on consumer products with an emphasis on the food and beverage sector, providing strategic FDA and USDA regulatory advice to globally leading companies and trade associations.

In the area of food and beverage, Brian develops regulatory strategies to commercialize a range of food tech innovations, including transgenic crops and alternative proteins, such as cultivated meat and fermentation-derived food ingredients, among others. Brian draws on his tenure as a former regulator at USDA to counsel clients on strategic considerations around engagement with and advocacy before USDA and FDA on numerous complex issues, including those of first impression. He is a prolific author and frequent speaker at industry-leading events in the United States, the European Union, China, Israel, and other parts of the world. He is regularly called upon to offer insights on trending legal issues by preeminent industry and global publications.