The use of modern biotechnology in food-tech continues to rise, offering numerous benefits to food security and sustainable production.

However, despite novel production methodologies now being readily available, biotech solutions still face obstacles before consumer adoption can be accelerated.

When it comes to the regulatory approval of novel foods, the seeming disconnect between regulators and innovators can create time delays and inefficient practice, so, we asked the Future Food-Tech London speakers to answer the question of how regulators and innovators can best work together. This is what they said:


Each approval of new foods has different challenges depending on the nature of the protein. It’s the responsibility of the innovator to ensure they carry out the appropriate production process to ensure food safety and nutritional performance by both design and plant operation. Collaborating across the industry and with regulators means the submission processes are robust, consistent, and efficient benefiting the whole ecosystem to minimise time delays and inefficient practice.”

Geoff Bryant, Chief Technology Officer, CALYSTA


Regulatory challenges pertaining to novel foods can be difficult to manoeuvre, especially if you want to bring a product to the global market where the regulatory bodies are different in different areas as can be the requirements for approval.

There are many ways to navigate this but key is being clear on where you want to launch or your target market and working with partners who can help execute quickly.”

Anne Marie Butler, Global Director, Innovation and Commercial Development, EDLONG


Advancements in cellular agriculture are happening at the speed of mitosis, so regulators and companies need to learn together about how to bring these exciting new products to market quickly and safely.”

Robert E Jones, President, CELLULAR AGRICULTURE EUROPE & Head, Public Affairs, MOSA MEAT


Regulation is fractured across different jurisdictions, slowing global deployment and consumer adoption.  Regulators and innovators share the goal of delivering safe and nutritious foods to consumers. The sooner the rules of the road are clear, and the more closely aligned those rules are in different regions, the more efficient and effective the regulatory process will become.”

Josh Kittleson, VP Biology, NEW CULTURE


When it comes to regulation, start-ups still face a lot of uncertainty. We need clearer communication between start-ups and regulators to keep pace with rapid progress to market.”

Max Jamilly, Co-Founder, HOXTON FARMS




Check out the Future Food-Tech London Agenda to see the full list of exciting topics we have in store for you this September 22-23.