Archive: The New England Food Technology Forum 2017

ARCHIVE: The New England Food Technology Forum
Research, Innovation and Emerging Companies

May 2, 2017 11:30am-7:00pm

The University of Massachusetts Club
One Beacon Street
32nd Floor
Boston MA, 02108

View the  Food Forum 2017 handout for detailed information about the Conference Agenda, Speaker Biographies, Sponsor Information, Company Profiles, and Exhibitors.

New England is well known for its cod, lobster, clam chowder and Fluff… but the labs of the universities and hospitals of New England have always undertaken significant research into the creation of new foods, as well as food processing, storage and safety technologies.  This Forum will showcase research discoveries and newly formed companies that are working on food and food related technologies.

The event program will include a keynote, experts on industry trends and needs, presentations by emerging companies, a poster session and networking reception.

Food technology areas of interest include:

  • New ingredients
  • Food and health
  • Medical Nutrition
  • Food safety
  • New packaging
  • Food production technologies


11:30am-12:00pm Registration
12:00-12:15pm Welcome from a Chef: Tiffany Faison, Chef & Owner, Sweet Cheeks & Tiger Mama
12:15-1:15pm Lunch Panel: Leading Academic Research in Food Technologies


  • David Julian McClements, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Simin Nikbin Meydani, Vice Provost for Research, Tufts University
  • Steven Moody, Director of Combat Feeding, Natick Soldier Research

Moderator: John Brooks, Managing Director, Healthcare Capital LLC

1:15-2:15 pm Pitch Presenters Session 1
2:15-2:45 Break and Poster Session
2:45-4:00pm Pitch Presenters Session 2
4:00-5:00 Closing Panel: The View of Food Investors and Consumers


  • Terry Adams, Assistant VP, Intellectual Asset Management, Nestle
  • Kent Bennett, Venture Capital Investor, Bessemer Venture Partners
  • Freddie Martignetti, Principal, Highland Capital Partners
  • Adam Melonas, CEO & Founder, Chew
5:00-7:00pm Reception and Poster Session

Feedback from 2016:
“Thanks for the great job in organizing it.  It was a lot of fun and I am glad that I got to connect with so many technology entrepreneurs.”

“Thank you for inviting me to participate in the panel at the New England Food Technology Forum.  I have already spoken with my scientific staff about some of the very interesting technologies at the Forum that we potentially could integrate into our product development in the future!”

“It was an enjoyable afternoon and I made several contacts for potential collaborative research.”

“..excellent program and … excellent preparation of faculty and start-ups – the talks/posters were crisp and interesting.”

“I’d like to thank you for putting this excellent food conference together. I think it was a great success! It demonstrated that people are not only interested in food to eat but also in food for thought.  It was an excellent mix of start-ups!”