Cast

Dr. Uma Valeti

Dr. Uma Valeti

CEO and Co-Founder, Memphis Meats
Dr. Uma Valeti is laser focused on advancing the commercial viability of real meat farmed directly from animal cells. A cardiologist by training, he believes that meat should not only be safe and sustainable but also good for the body and the soul. He has extensive experience in entrepreneurship and business and has invested in a variety of food, medical and tech companies. Uma is an advisory board member at The Good Food Institute, a former Board member of New Harvest and is a leader in the cultured meat movement. In addition to his many contributions in the health sciences, he wants his biggest contribution to be leading the development of a profitable and a world positive future food system. Fun fact: Uma has rescued several people in cardiac arrest.

Bruce Friedrich

Bruce Friedrich

executive Director, The Good Food Institute
Bruce is executive director of The Good Food Institute  and co-founder of New Crop Capital.  By assisting and investing in the most promising plant-based and "clean meat" (real meat produced without animal slaughter) alternatives to animal agriculture, GFI and NCC are creating a healthy, humane, and sustainable food supply.  Bruce's articles appear regularly in the Huffington Post, and he has penned opinion pieces for USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and many other publications.  Bruce has appeared on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, and a variety of programs on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN.  He is a popular speaker on college campuses and has presented repeatedly at most of the nation's top universities, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT.  Bruce co-authored one book, contributed chapters to five more, and has written six law review articles.  Bruce graduated manga cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Georgetown Law and Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College. He also holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics.

The Team

The Team

Memphis Meats
The Memphis Meats concept is simple. Instead of farming animals to obtain their meat, why not farm the meat directly? To that end, they’re combining decades of experience in both the culinary and scientific fields to farm real meat cells — without the animals — in a process that is healthier, safer, and more sustainable than conventional animal agriculture. Memphis Meat's products are not plant-based or "mock meats"— they're real meat grown without the animals.