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The Industrial Revolution starts with innovation in materials.

"Keynote speech at the '2023 Global FoodTech Startup Conference' "


I began my keynote speech at the '2023 Global FoodTech Startup Conference' with this statement, emphasizing the significance of material technology in the context of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) aspects within the FoodTech sector.

Under the theme "Preparing for tomorrow with materials today," I presented various case studies and expressed confidence that by acknowledging diversity and creating new possibilities, the FoodTech industry can continue to advance.

I believe that just as cooking can vary greatly based on how ingredients are prepared, the value in FoodTech also changes depending on how materials are handled. As industries evolve, the definition of material utilization must be redefined.

I introduced the concept of "Digital ESG" as a new research paradigm and highlighted the concept of "Cross Economy" right here at this event.

Cross Economy departs from the recognition that it's not enough to limit ourselves to the conventional recycling of resources like in a circular economy; we must instead change and create materials using engineering technology, fundamentally redefining their composition. Changing the definition of materials can lead to expanded value and exciting outcomes(Cho, N. J. (2022). Preparing for tomorrow with materials today. Materials Today, 61, 1-3.,

For instance, silicon wafers are made from silicon extracted from sand, and the development of technology to extract lipids from eggs has allowed us to obtain materials for today's COVID-19 vaccines. The example of pollen is also intriguing. Pollen obtained from trees is inexpensive, but it possesses the remarkable property of being able to create steel.

"To create something entirely new, we must start with redefining the definition of food."

I used Singapore as an example, emphasizing that if we can establish and implement standards ahead of the curve, an environment conducive to following this trend will emerge. The difference in competitiveness lies in whether we create or follow rules. What rules we establish and how we apply them are crucial considerations.

In conclusion, without implementation, nothing holds meaning.

Source: IT조선(


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