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Cult Food Science appoints cell biologist to Advisory Board


Food

September 20, 2021
By Maryam Farag


Industries

Photo: Cult Food Science Corp.

Cult Food Science Corp., an investment platform with an exclusive focus on clean, lab-grown food, has appointed Ian Smith to the company’s Advisory Board.

Smith is currently a Research Professor at the University of California, Irvine and for the past several years has earned experience acting as an independent due diligence consultant for investors in the emerging alternative protein industry.

“The development of novel technologies to feed people in a sustainable and more environmentally friendly manner is a truly exciting and emerging area of science. I’m excited to be joining the advisory board of Cult. As a board, we’ll work together to identify new and early-stage companies employing innovative approaches to address bottlenecks and growth areas in the lab-grown food ecosystem,” said Smith.

He has provided technical/scientific consultancy services to several biotechnology companies in the cell agriculture and neuroscience fields; and serves as director for the Cell Imaging Core for Autism Research Centre at UCI. Ian received his B.Sc. Hons. In Pharmacology from the University of Leeds in 1999 and his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Leeds/Pfizer Global Research in 2003.

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“We are delighted and honoured to have someone of Dr. Smith’s calibre join our Company’s Advisory Board as a foundational member. He has vast, hands-on experience using many cutting-edge technologies in cell biology and has been at the forefront of the clean, lab-grown food movement. He is connected to many of the most interesting and innovative ventures in the industry and we greatly look forward to learning from his expertise and actioning his insights for the benefit of our shareholders and stakeholders alike,” said Dorian Banks, CEO, Cult.