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Lauren Shimek

founder and ceo at Food.Tech.Design

Lauren Shimek is the Founder and CEO of Food.Tech.Design. As a Ph.D. food scientist with more than 15 years of design thinking and product development expertise, she creates breakthrough food and beverage products that tap into people’s unmet needs and desires. From her years of experience at IDEO and General Mills, Lauren’s personal passion for food, deep technical expertise and design thinking know-how place her at the unique intersection of food, science and technology, and design. Lauren holds a Ph.D. degree in Food Science and a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Food Technologists. She also is an adjunct faculty member in the food science department at the University of California, Davis and is teaching “Design Thinking for Food,”  a multi-disciplinary graduate level class.