Maija Itkonen

Chief Executive Officer & co-founder, Onego Bio Ltd

    Maija Itkonen is a designer, innovator, serial entrepreneur and one of the movers and shakers in the alternative protein field. Currently she’s acting as CEO and Co-founder of Onego Bio, a company producing animal-free egg white with cellular agriculture means. The cutting-edge team has developed a safe, sustainable and cost-effective precision fermentation method for producing ovalbumin, the most abundant egg white protein. The company’s product, bioalbumen, is identical to the egg white protein - without the need for animals. Maija’s previous company Gold&Green was focused on plant proteins, specifically oat-based meat alternatives. Maija is a musician as her second profession, and if not found at the innovation lab or by the saxophone, she’s probably taking care of cucumbers with her kids.

    All Sessions by Maija Itkonen

    3:30 pm - 4:05 pm
    Reimagining Waste Reduction

    The Food Revolution: Why What We Eat Matters

    Agriculture, in particular, animal farming, is a major emitter of greenhouse gas and driver of deforestation. The way our food is produced needs to change, yet we are so used to what is served on our plates. This is why scientists and investors are coming up with innovative ways to recreate the same taste, texture and nutritional profiles of animal products, without harm to animals and the environment. In this panel, speakers will be sharing the latest products and investment trends in the sustainable meals, and what it means for our future diets.