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How to cultivate a new industry


When the FDA blessed Upside Foods’ grown-from-cells chicken as safe to eat, it was a coming-of-age moment for cultivated meat. Upside founder and CEO Dr. Uma Valeti shares his journey of convincing skeptics, landing investors from Bill Gates to food giants Tyson and Cargill, and building a collaborative partnership with the FDA and USDA. Plus, his lessons on leadership from a career in cardiology and what it will take to convert consumers to a never-before-seen product.


“A recent landmark decision by the FDA greenlighted the safety of Upside’s meat for human consumption. This is a coming-of-age moment for a brand new industry, which now includes some 150 companies across the globe.”