I started in tech, innovating in several industries, but about 7 years ago I realized that Food presented some very exciting (and pressing) opportunities to innovate where I could leverage my experience. The dynamics are different, but the innovation models are often transferable, as I eventually found out.
In my current role, I built and have been managing a new global Open Innovation team focused on breakthrough science and technology innovation.
In my job, the main challenge is often to establish as early as possible the weakest component in an innovation opportunity being pursued, and – the next one – is to decide to kill the opportunity if necessary. The third biggest challenge is about targeting the right level of communication appropriate for different internal and external stakeholders.
The pace of innovation is too fast to fit the closed model any longer.
Agriculture can benefit greatly from open data and open innovation, if one can design an effective platform model.
I see the emergence of digital disrupting everywhere. From agri, to personal technology, packaging to digital biology, and from product formulation to food delivery.
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