Moolec Science’s CEO and Co-Founder, Gastón Paladini, will be joining us at Future Food-Tech next month. Ahead of his participation at the summit, we were keen to hear more about their ambitious plans and moonshot-potential technology.

What recent successes can you share that show you are on track to pioneer a revolutionary technology? How does this technology have moonshot potential?

Moolec Science is an Ag-Foodtech company which is consolidating a unique pipeline of projects and capabilities with more than a decade of development.

We will introduce 2 novel concepts into the alternative proteins’ landscape: on one hand, our technological platform –Molecular Farming– which has barely been used in the food space and is currently mostly utilized for the pharmaceutical industry. Molecular Farming has many technological advantages, primarily because it avoids the requirement of heavy downstream processing. Moreover, scaling up is not an issue with Molecular Farming technologies as it will let us sustainably produce animal proteins for food-industrial applications in plants.

On the other hand, we promote a hybrid concept between plant-based and cell-based. This will allow us to take the best of both worlds whilst strengthen their gaps. We feel there’s room for improvement regarding the organoleptic properties and functionality for plant-derived ingredients and we want to avoid scalability concerns that come with cellular agriculture. To overcome these challenges, we will roll out a combination of both concepts that will allow us to make plants efficiently with the unique functionality of certain animal-derived ingredients taking advantage of nature’s biological systems to design a resource-efficient alternative protein production platform.

Moonshot technologies are developed to make the world a radically better place. What drives you to achieve this ambitious and complex goal?

As a company, our mission is to improve the affordability of animal-free solutions in favour of true sustainability. We promote a technology that will have the cost structure of plant-based solutions with the organoleptic properties and functionality of cell-based platforms, an approach at least 10x more cost effective than leading alternatives.

We want to be pioneers in the development and use of Molecular Farming to motivate other companies to shift towards this technology. More activity in this space will bring newly developed solutions to the entire food chain and -ultimately- achieve products that will hit the supermarkets at more affordable prices.

Combined with sustainable farming practices, and due to the low-tech application of the new plant varieties, we understand this technology has the potential to help overcome a lot of the how-to-feed-the-world challenges, tackle the present environmental concerns regarding land usage, crop production, and water, as well as to keep up to the consumers’ demands on diets and animal welfare.

As it avoids having a heavy downstream process Molecular Farming also gives us the opportunity to promote an inclusive and equitable technological platform as we aim to bring farmers back into the equation.

At the end of the day, we will offer more competitive, affordable, attainable, equitable, and integral solutions for the new food industry contributing in the making of the next functional food generation.

What’s next for Moolec Sciences and what do you hope to achieve in the next 12 months? In the next 3-5 years?

In the next year we expect the relaunch of our chymosin solution for the cheese market and the introduction of a new by-product resulting from that process for the health & nutrition industry. Also, the filling of new patents for our applied research program and ongoing projects.

We are in the making of our next Molecular Farmed proteins platform for food application (meat, dairy and egg replacements) that will hit the market in the next 2/3 years.

Gastón Paladini, CEO and Co-Founder of Moolec Science will be joining us at Future Food-Tech next month ‘Rise of the Rest: Innovation Hotspots of Food-Tech‘.

He will be joined by:
Adam Lyle, Executive Chairman, PADANG & CO
Eugene Wang, Co-Founder and CEO, SOPHIE’S BIONUTRIENTS
John Cheng,
 Director, INNOVATE 360
Po Bronson, Managing Director and Partner, INDIEBIO
Mitchell Presser, 
Co-Chair, Global Corporate Department, MORRISON FOERSTER

Moolec Science’s CEO and Co-Founder will be joining us at Future Food-Tech next month. Ahead of his participation at the summit, we were keen to hear more about their ambitious plans and moonshot-potential technology.