New Harvest 2022

New Harvest 2022

New Harvest 2022

Elephant in
the room

Experience cellular agriculture

June 9 & 10, 2022

Newlab in Brooklyn, NY

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What is the elephant in the room?



New Harvest 2022 is a live, in-person event about the emerging field of cellular agriculture—the growing of animal products like meat, milk, and eggs from cells instead of animals.

For two days, researchers, companies, students, policymakers, investors, artists, activists, journalists, skeptics, early adopters, and more will convene in Brooklyn, New York to discuss the future of cultured meat and other cell-cultured foods.

We will explore the latest scientific breakthroughs and commercial developments, and think critically about the multiple futures of food made possible by cell ag.

For a sense of what to expect, check out our past conferences from 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. You can watch recordings from past events here.



This year's theme, elephant in the room, is a playful way of teasing out important but neglected conversations about cellular agriculture, cultured meat, and the future of food.

Elephant in the room was originally slated to be the theme for our 2020 event, which was ultimately canceled due to Covid-19. To inform our programming, New Harvest invited community members to submit "elephants” via an online form. Two years later, we’re interested in hearing what's changed…and what hasn’t.

Who is being sidelined? What is being ignored? What are people not talking about (or not talking about enough)?

What is the elephant in the room?

Here's what you told us



Before New Harvest 2019, I thought cell ag was too early and small of a niche to consider for future career prospects. After attending and connecting with so many great entrepreneurs, motivators, and researchers, I was shocked to find how rapidly emerging and expansive this community really is. I left inspired to shift my career aspirations in the direction of cell ag to help further advance this field.

- Cory Jubinville, PhD candidate, University of Connecticut

New Harvest's conference introduced me to a community of incredible people who gave me invaluable career advice, helped me get multiple jobs, and became some of my closest friends in the industry.

- Alex Kleinman, Research Associate at Biomilq

New Harvest is the reason I’m in cell ag today. Their commitment to championing the industry was how I first discovered cell ag and they supported my earliest work in the industry. New Harvest 2017 was my first cell ag conference. I'm so grateful to have it come full circle and present at New Harvest 2022.

- Matthew Anderson-Baron, Co-founder, Future Fields



Thursday, June 9

9:00 AM
Registration and coffee
9:00 AM — 10:00 AM
10:00 AM
10:00 AM — 10:15 AM
Kristin Ellis | Lowercarbon Capital
10:15 AM
Opening remarks
10:15 AM — 10:30 AM
Isha Datar | New Harvest
10:30 AM
Solving for infrastructure
10:30 AM — 11:00 AM

Despite recent government support for academic exploration of cellular agriculture, it remains unclear if traditional institutional support will keep up with the pace of private innovation to truly drive this field forward. How can we roadmap the global precompetitive infrastructure needed—from discovery to commercialization and including tools, facilities, resources, and training—to build a cellular agriculture ecosystem that can stand the test of time and the whims of the market.

Lejjy Gafour | CULT Food Science
11:00 AM
Coffee and networking
11:00 AM — 11:30 AM
11:30 AM
Solving for scale and price
11:30 AM — 12:30 PM

Last month, an article in Canadian Business wrote, “​If every bioreactor in current use by the pharmaceutical industry were put toward manufacturing cell-cultured meat for a full year, it would only yield enough food to cover the meat Americans eat in a single day.” Few in the industry would dispute concerns about fermentation capacity for cellular agriculture. To produce cultured meat at scale, cellular agriculture will require materials and infrastructure that don’t currently exist. How can we solve for scale and price, from feeding cells at scale to modeling their growth and developing bioreactors?

* Zachary Cosenza | University of California Davis
* Anna Chase, PhD | Rubik Therapeutics
* Aletta Schnitzler, PhD | Turtle Tree Labs
* Zheng Huang, PhD | Ark Biotech
* Kate Krueger, PhD | Helikon Consulting
12:30 PM
12:30 PM — 2:00 PM
2:00 PM
Solving for safety
2:00 PM — 2:30 PM

In order to bring safe products to market we need to understand how to evaluate and demonstrate safety. What do we know about the safety of cultured meat, how can we go about evaluating potential hazards, what don't we know, and what can we do to ensure progress isn't threatened by a safety scare?

Kimberly Ong, PhD | Vireo Advisors
2:30 PM
Solving for the black box
2:30 PM — 3:00 PM

Open source software has a long history and successful track record, but how to incorporate open source principles into cellular agriculture remains an open question. After spending years advocating for a radically open and democratic way of doing science (abolishing the patent system, ending for-profit publishing, etc), Jake Wintermute now works at synthetic biology "unicorn" Ginkgo Bioworks. He shares how he puts his values into practice and works to democratize science from within industry.

Jake Wintermute, PhD | Ginkgo Bioworks
3:00 PM
Coffee and networking
3:00 PM — 3:30 PM
3:30 PM
Solving for precompetitive research
3:30 PM — 4:30 PM

Presentations by New Harvest fellows tackling precompetitive research questions and building out the scientific infrastructure for cellular agriculture. Grantees will share progress they’ve made in areas like food safety and scaffolds and discuss the importance of fellowship and community when doing unprecedented research in an unprecedented field.

* Ricardo Gouveia, PhD | Newcastle University
* Stephanie Kawecki | University of California Los Angeles
* Samuel Peabody | Texas Tech University
* Breanna Duffy, PhD | New Harvest
4:30 PM
Closing remarks
4:30 PM — 5:00 PM
Isha Datar | New Harvest

Friday, June 10

9:00 AM
Registration and coffee
9:00 AM — 9:30 AM
9:30 AM
9:30 AM — 9:45 AM
Kristin Ellis | Lowercarbon Capital
9:45 AM
Opening remarks
9:45 AM — 10:00 AM
Clair Purcell | Newlab
10:00 AM
Cultivated meat as climate tech
10:00 AM — 10:30 AM

To feed just 10 percent of the US meat market, Future Fields estimates cellular agriculture will require 13,000 tonnes of recombinant proteins per year. However, legacy models such as bioprocessing in an E. coli system can have a GHG impact that is untenable for meeting international goals to reduce anthropogenic CO2 emissions. In a field all about taking animals out of the equation, Matt has taken the unconventional route of building an insect-based biomanufacturing company. With a scalability mindset amidst a looming climate crisis, Matt asks "what is the environmental cost of animal-free growth media and how do insects change the equation?"

Matt Anderson-Baron, PhD | Future Fields
10:30 AM
The elephant in the courtroom: Will cell ag actually be better for animals?
10:30 AM — 11:00 AM

New York’s highest state court will soon decide if an elephant is entitled to a writ of habeas corpus, the first American high court to consider if a nonhuman animal can possess such a legal right. Meanwhile, cultured meat is getting closer to commercial reality. Both read like progress, but do we risk trying to do too much by forcing animals into legal structures designed for humans and seeking to mimic meat with clever engineering? Or, does durable social change require that we combine elements of the past with elements of the future?

Kevin Schneider | Nonhuman Rights Project
11:00 AM
Coffee break
11:00 AM — 11:30 AM
11:30 AM
Imitate versus innovate: The case for cell-cultured elephant
11:30 AM — 12:00 PM

If cellular agriculture gives us tools to create entirely new foods, then why are so many companies focused on recreating existing ones? It’s going to be hard to compete with and disrupt factory farming on factory farming’s terms. What if, instead, we play to our strengths and make the kind of products that only cellular agriculture can.

George Peppou | VOW
12:00 PM
Inclusive cellular agriculture engagement
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM

For cellular agriculture to truly build a more just food system, we need to look beyond the mechanics of the technology and think about how to responsibly usher it into the world. While we want to disrupt an extractive mode of agriculture, we don't want to wreak havoc on the lives of those who depend on animals. Using salmon as an example, we discuss the importance of transdisciplinary research, community engagement, and how to proactively reckon with cellular agriculture's potential cultural and social impacts.

* Evan Bowness, PhD | University of the Fraser Valley
* Varsha Rao, PhD | University of Colorado Boulder
* Aryé Elfenbein, PhD | Wildtype
* Yadira Tejeda Saldana, PhD | New Harvest
1:00 PM
1:00 PM — 2:00 PM
2:00 PM
The Counter article: Spilling the TEA
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM

Last year, an article in The Counter sent shock waves through the field with its deeply researched reporting of a deeply skeptical techno-econic analysis (TEA) of cultured meat. Isha Datar sits down with the author of the article as well as the author of the TEA to discuss the field's reaction to the infamous "Counter article" and where Joe and Dave stand on cultured meat today.

* Joe Fassler | The Counter
* David Humbird, PhD | DWH Process Consulting
* Isha Datar | New Harvest
3:00 PM
Coffee and networking
3:00 PM — 3:30 PM
3:30 PM
Town hall
3:30 PM — 4:30 PM
Isha Datar | New Harvest
4:30 PM
Closing remarks
4:30 PM — 5:00 PM
David Kaplan, PhD | Tufts University
6:00 PM
Afterparty at Honey's
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Drinks, dancing, and rooftop sunshine. Wristbands are required and food will be available for purchase.

Accessible via car or the B57 bus, which leaves every 15 minutes from Newlab and drops you off around the corner from Honey's.

93 Scott Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237



Each ticket is valid for both days of the event.

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*while supplies last

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*we are currently only accepting applications for the waitlist




Looking for a place to stay?

Book at our hub hotel, the Hampton Inn Brooklyn/Downtown at a discount here or check out other hotels with special New Harvest 2022 rates here.


  • Kristin Ellis

    Lowercarbon Capital

  • David Kaplan, PhD

    Tufts University

  • David Humbird, PhD

    DWH Process Consulting, LLC

  • Kate Krueger, PhD

    Helikon Consulting

  • Matt Anderson-Baron, PhD

    Future Fields

  • Zheng Huang, PhD

    Ark Biotech

  • Ricardo Gouveia, PhD

    Newcastle University

  • Zachary Cosenza

    University of California Davis

  • Kevin Schneider

    Nonhuman Rights Project

  • Varsha Rao, PhD

    New Harvest/University of Colorado Boulder

  • Kimberly Ong, PhD

    Vireo Advisors

  • George Peppou


  • Joe Fassler

    Freelance / Former Deputy Editor of The Counter

  • Isha Datar

    New Harvest

  • Aryé Elfenbein, PhD


  • Clair Purcell


  • Lejjy Gafour

    CULT Food Science

  • Evan Bowness, PhD

    University of the Fraser Valley

  • Samuel S. Peabody, M.S.

    Texas Tech University

  • Stephanie Kawecki

    University of California, Los Angeles

  • Breanna Duffy, PhD

    New Harvest

  • Aletta Schnitzler, PhD

    TurtleTree Labs

  • Jake Wintermute, PhD

    Ginkgo Bioworks

  • Anna Chase, PhD

    Rubik Therapeutics

  • Yadira Tejeda Saldana, PhD

    New Harvest

  • Exhibitors

  • California Cultured

  • B-W CARR Separations

  • Ikenga Wines

  • Onego Bio

  • MeliBio

  • Ginkgo Bioworks


  • Tender Food, Inc.

  • IFF

  • CULT Food Science

  • Finless Foods

  • Edge Foods Co.

  • Jannis Wollschlaeger

    U. of Reutlingen

  • Vicky Andriessen

    Mosa Meat

  • Varsha Rao

    U. of Colorado, Boulder

  • Ted O'Neill

    U. of California, Davis

  • Richard Thyden

    Boston College

  • Cameron Semper

    U. of Calgary

  • Andrew Stout

    Tufts University

  • Julian Cohen

    Pitzer College

  • Sophie Letcher

    Tufts University

  • John Yuen

    Tufts University

  • Jernej Vajda

    U. of Maribor

  • Bianca Datta

    Black Sheep Foods

  • Sponsors








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    Special Thanks



    What topics, speakers, and panels would you like to see at #NewHarvest2022?

    Suggest programming

    Let us know by March 11, 2022

    Are you a company or artist who would like to share your work?

    Apply to exhibit

    Apply by April 22, 2022

    Interested in working a shift in exchange for free admission?


    Apply by April 21, 2022

    If you would like to sponsor New Harvest 2022 – please reach out! We're cooking up something big for 2022, and always keen to partner with mission-aligned friends on inventive ways to showcase cell ag. You can get in touch with Steph at


    • What is New Harvest 2022?

      #NewHarvest2022 is a conference dedicated exclusively to cellular agriculture, produced by the organization which coined the term.

      This is our 5th annual cellular agriculture event after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19. Check out our 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 events and watch recordings here.

    • Where can I find recordings and photos from the event?

      Recordings from every talk and panel are here. Photos from the event are here. A recap video is here. An archive of audience-submitted Slido questions is here.

    • How do I get to the venue/Newlab?

      Newlab is located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard at 19 Morris Ave, Building 128, Brooklyn, NY 11205. Please enter at the 6th Street and Flushing Ave entrance to the Navy Yard.

    • What is New Harvest?

      New Harvest is an independent, donor-funded nonprofit advancing the field of cellular agriculture. Our mission is to maximize the positive impact of cellular agriculture. Translation? We don't just want to build the field, we want to build it with integrity. New Harvest has been around since 2004 and funds open, public, collaborative cultured meat research around the world.

    • Is the event in person or virtual?

      In person, June 9 & 10, in Brooklyn, New York. The exact address is: 19 Morris Ave, A free livestream will be available for those who can’t attend IRL.

    • I purchased a ticket for New Harvest 2020. Will that transfer?

      All tickets purchased for New Harvest 2020 will transfer and be honored for our 2022 event. Once the ticket portal goes live, we will have a special code for you to re-register for free.

      If you purchased a ticket for New Harvest 2020 but cannot attend New Harvest 2022, we are happy to issue you a refund. Please email Lanto at and we will get you squared away ASAP! A big thank you to everyone who chose to donate the funds from their initial ticket to New Harvest.

    • I made a programming suggestion/signed up to volunteer/signed up to host a watch party for New Harvest 2020 - now what?

      In short, we are starting over! We have a new volunteer form, new livestream form, etc.

    • Who is this event for?

      #NewHarvest2022 is an intimate (<250 person) event for anyone interested in exploring the possibilities of growing food from cells. It isn't a trade show (although you can expect to taste some prototypes), has only one stage at a time, and is designed to maximize meaningful, 1:1 connections. Whether you are a scientist or investor, artist or journalist, wanting to break into cell ag or skeptical of this technology, this event is for you. Programming doesn't require a technical background, and newcomers are just as welcome as industry veterans.

    • What is your refund policy?

      Tickets are generally nonrefundable, but we will issue refunds on a case-by-case basis. To request a refund, please follow these instructions. In the event that you are unable to attend due to Covid-19, or that New Harvest cancels the event due to Covid-19, we will obviously refund your ticket.

    • Where should I stay? Does New Harvest have a hotel discount?

      We recommend the Hampton Inn Brooklyn/Downtown. Book here for a New Harvest discount ($195 + tax) by May 11.

      You can also book a room at the Brooklyn Ace Hotel with a 15 percent discount across all dates and room types with the corporate code NEWLAB.

    • Who should I contact for a press pass?

      Meera Zassenhaus at

    • What is your Covid-19 policy?

      Our Covid-19 policy, including steps we are taking to keep attendees safe, is outlined here.

    • How do I request a disability accommodation?

      We strive to host an inclusive, accessible event that enables all individuals, including those with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Annie Forrest at

    • I have more questions!

      Ask away! Please email Meera Zassenhaus at :)