SAN DIEGO – Lauran Madden, PhD, has been promoted to CTO at BlueNalu, a manufacturer of cell culture seafood.
Formerly Vice President of Research and Product Development, Ms. Madden joined BlueNalu in 2018 as a first employee. She has led the R&D team through several technological steps over the past three years, including creating a cell line development platform for fish, optimizing performance and reducing the cost of cell culture media. , removing animal components from the formulation and producing a variety of seafood prototypes that exhibit sensory, functional and nutritional characteristics compatible with their conventional counterparts, according to the company.
Before joining BlueNalu, she was a scientist at Organovo, where she incorporated primary cells and natural biomaterials into 3D systems. She holds a doctorate in bioengineering from the University of Washington.
In her new role, Ms. Madden will continue to oversee core R&D, supply chain strategy and cost optimization, bioprocess design and development, culinary science, food development. products and intellectual property, initially focusing on scaling up the production of bluefin tuna products. . It will also help guide BlueNalu’s expansion into future product lines, strategic collaborations, infrastructure and intellectual property and further strengthen the company’s R&D team.
“When we decided to embark on this adventure to produce seafood in a whole new way, we knew we needed someone with the vision, the scientific discipline and the determination to lead our technological efforts and innovating from a blank slate, ”said Lou Cooperhouse, co-founder, president and CEO of BlueNalu. “From the start, Lauran has demonstrated a unique blend of creativity, thoughtfulness, leadership and scientific expertise that has resulted in the technological differentiation that we have created at BlueNalu. This promotion is a testament to the importance of his leadership and vision, and I am proud to have him on the leadership team as we continue on our journey to bring delicious, cell-grown seafood to market in the world. years to come.
BlueNalu will continue to invest in strengthening its team and building its new 40,000 square foot product facility as it enters its next phase of growth and large-scale commercialization, he added.