SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov 2, 2021–
BlueNalu, a leading innovative food company developing a variety of seafood products directly from fish cells, announced today the appointment of Lauran Madden, Ph.D., to chief technology officer (CTO). As CTO, Dr. Madden will continue to drive BlueNalu in its next phase of growth, leading the company through research and development innovations in preparation for the initial market launch of its cell-cultured seafood products.
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Lauran Madden, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer of BlueNalu (Photo: Business Wire)
Dr. Madden joined BlueNalu in 2018 as the first employee and has been instrumental in developing the technology strategy and leading the research and product development (R&D) team. In just three years, she has led the R&D team through significant technology milestones including pioneering a robust cell line development platform for finfish, optimizing the performance and decreasing the cost of cell culture media, removing animal components from the formulation, and successfully producing a variety of prototype seafood products that demonstrated sensory, functional and nutritional characteristics consistent with their conventional counterparts. With Dr. Madden’s leadership, BlueNalu has developed significant intellectual property designed to result in a scalable process with the least possible cost and greatest potential throughput.
“When we decided to embark on this journey to produce seafood in a totally new way, we knew we needed someone with the vision, scientific discipline and determination to head our technology efforts and innovate from a blank slate,” said Lou Cooperhouse, co-founder, president & CEO of BlueNalu. “Since the start, Lauran has demonstrated a unique blend of creativity, thoughtfulness, leadership, and scientific expertise that has resulted in the technological differentiation we have created at BlueNalu. This promotion signifies the importance of her leadership and vision, and I’m proud to have her on the executive team as we continue forward in our journey to bring delicious, cell-cultured seafood to the market in the coming years.”
Dr. Madden most recently served as BlueNalu’s VP of Research & Product Development and her career trajectory has mirrored the company’s fast-paced growth. In her new role, she will continue her oversight of core R&D, supply chain strategy and cost optimization, bioprocess design and development, culinary science, product development and intellectual property, with an initial focus on scaling up the production of quality, high-value bluefin tuna products. Her guidance will also inform key areas including the company’s expansion into future product …….