PURSUING DREAMS
GETTING STARTED IN FOOD
HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY
GRADUATE SCHOOL
PH.D. AND B.S. FOOD SCIENCE, B.CHE., MINOR IN CHEM.
PRIOR EXPERIENCE
PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST
Established the Gluten-Free (GF) Initiative at Cargill in 2004
Developed and commercialized high quali...
GLUTEN POLYMER
CURRENT ROLE
FOUNDATION BACKGROUND
                                                         Around the globe organizations are
        ...
DIRECTOR OF SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS

I was the catalyst of the initial rapid growth phase of the Foundation

More specifically:
...
COOPERATIVE ACTION AND EMERGENT BEHAVIOR
         FROM A BROAD VISION AND VAST NETWORK


                                 ...
BIOLOGICAL ENDPOINT
      QTL-MAPPING
                                                            Parents
Given a wheat po...
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES




Technical Program Chair of 2009 Annual Meeting

Took AACC Int meeting model from red or near re...
WHY ME FOR THIS ROLE

My experience has been that new technology begets new technology, and this provides the basis for un...
QUESTIONS?
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  1. 1. PURSUING DREAMS
  2. 2. GETTING STARTED IN FOOD
  3. 3. HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY
  4. 4. GRADUATE SCHOOL PH.D. AND B.S. FOOD SCIENCE, B.CHE., MINOR IN CHEM.
  5. 5. PRIOR EXPERIENCE
  6. 6. PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST Established the Gluten-Free (GF) Initiative at Cargill in 2004 Developed and commercialized high quality GF breads, cookies, and batter-based bakery applications Justified with Cargill Ventures investment in Alvine Pharma, Inc. (first company dedicated to celiac disease) Filed 6 patent applications Manipulated protein and fiber ingredient functionality using extrusion and characterized the ingredients directly using spectroscopy Applied the resulting technology successfully in bread and bars Filed 4 patent applications Established collaboration with USDA ARS scientists to commercialize new technology New and natural wheat species Novel gluten-like proteins and protein subunits Natural emulsifiers Leavening replacement systems Filed 1 patent application Utilized sensory and moisture sorption analysis to improve the texture and stability of confectionary inclusions 1 granted patent
  7. 7. GLUTEN POLYMER
  8. 8. CURRENT ROLE
  9. 9. FOUNDATION BACKGROUND Around the globe organizations are asking for a change in the food supply to promote health The Foundation seeks to develop a better understanding of what to do as a society to promote a healthy lifestyle This work is urgent In the U.S. alone, 25 million children are overweight or obese $14 billion in direct health care costs A Comparison of Research (# of Articles in PubMed) for Fruits and Vegetables, Soy, and Whole Grains from 1900-present
  10. 10. DIRECTOR OF SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS I was the catalyst of the initial rapid growth phase of the Foundation More specifically: Completed first draft of business plan Developed and facilitated short-term grant strategy Wrote Annual Report Grew corporate partnerships Convened and facilitated quarter 1 of the Development, Delivery, & Consumption committees Organized Nov. 2009 School Nutrition Workshop Wrote job description Wrote Whole Grain review article with Dr. Julie Miller Jones Wrote monthly Status Reports on work to corporate partners
  11. 11. COOPERATIVE ACTION AND EMERGENT BEHAVIOR FROM A BROAD VISION AND VAST NETWORK 3. Entrepreneurial opportunities A. Grain Research in food development and delivery •Development •Delivery 1. Reduction of diet-related •Consumption 3 illness, and in particular child obesity 1 D C. Developing B. Institutional Communities Nutrition 2 •School Nutrition •Eldercare •Fast Food 2. Novel approaches to feeding people in need D. Sustainable training --development of visionary leaders who can manage issue-based research opportunities
  12. 12. BIOLOGICAL ENDPOINT QTL-MAPPING Parents Given a wheat population consisting of essentially all of the different combinations of genes for a set of parents, locate a fragment of genetic material (a locus or position) and that is highly correlated to the biological endpoint (the biomarker of disease) using statistics Plant genes at or near a marker locus can be studied to understand the cause and effect relationship between plant bioactives and a biological endpoint It is quite likely that several QTLs for a given biomarker of disease will be discovered This effort could spawn decades of nutritional studies with different biological endpoints, plants, processing variables, etc.
  13. 13. PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES Technical Program Chair of 2009 Annual Meeting Took AACC Int meeting model from red or near red to +100k black
  14. 14. WHY ME FOR THIS ROLE My experience has been that new technology begets new technology, and this provides the basis for unique customer solutions. My primary mode of consulting both internally and externally is to seek out others and ask questions. I constantly offer the perspective of the food scientist and the bakery application scientist, and this is valuable because it moves basic science from theory to application. I find great satisfaction in enabling other people to shine. I have been told that I have a talent for bringing different parts of internal and external organizations to bear on a project. In this regard, I function as the prime mover of a project. I know that I feel great passion when I can make connections (people, ideas, and technologies). From a scientific standpoint, I believe that it is important to structure research in a way that addresses past research and pushes boundaries by bringing something new to the table. People seem more open to possibilities that they do not fully understand if there is something familiar at the starting point. I have also tried to adopt an approach to R&D that incorporates both quick fixes and long-term research plans in a given project. Finally, I am building a strong network of organizational and industry relationships. The purpose of these networks is to bring together men and women from around the world to review the new data affecting our science, strive to reach consensus, and develop campaigns that the media can sell and thereby improve society. Our systems of study are complex and thus necessitate an integrative scientific agenda; we often work at the boundary among disciplines. Ten years ago, I remember listening to professionals talk about tracing cause and effect relationships from the farm to the plate. Today we are thinking from the field to the feces and we recognize a more significant impact of food on health. I believe that this is one of the most significant issues facing industry today.
  15. 15. QUESTIONS?

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