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Technology: Earth – A new webinar series from Triple Ring Technologies. January 18, 2023 – Maximizing Aquaculture Efficiency

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Aquaculture offers the potential to provide protein to the planet’s growing population by offering scalability at a level not met by capture fisheries. Doing so in a sustainable manner requires advances in fish farming, supporting both the health of the fish as well as the health of the environment. Approximately 65% of aquaculture production is feed-based, and current feeds for these species include as ingredients fishmeal and fish oil. A continued reliance on wild-caught sources of these ingredients simply moves the overfishing problem lower on the food chain. A number of recent competitions have promoted innovation and adoption of novel feeds (e.g., F3 Challenge), with more work to be done. Maximizing aquaculture efficiency through feeds and nutrition remains a significant challenge to scaling output.

In this Technology:Earth webinar, we will learn about the challenges in scaling aquaculture to feed a growing planetary population and two solutions to maximizing aquaculture efficiency through fish food and nutrition. Professor Michael Tlusty, Professor of Sustainability and Food Solutions in UMass Boston’s School for the Environment will frame the problem and the solution space. Addressing the challenge of sustainable feeds, Dr. Larry Feinberg of KnipBio will discuss a biotechnology solution that creates an alternative to fishmeal. Further meeting the nutritional requirements of farmed salmon, Dr. Timothy Bouley of BioFeyn will discuss improving the efficiency of nutrient delivery. Please join us!

Improving human health through technology drives us at Triple Ring Technologies.  Today, we recognize that human health is not supportable without a healthy planet. Ensuring a healthy environment for current generations and sustainable management of our planetary resources for future generations is a natural extension of our mission.  Triple Ring is pleased to announce that we are expanding our practice into technologies for the environment and sustainability.

Our new Technology:Earth webinar series convenes world experts and technologists working on a variety of environmental challenges to frame the problems and the challenges of scale-up, and to discuss viable solutions.  Our goal is to connect individuals working in these problem spaces with the innovation ecosystem that that has successfully delivered life-changing solutions in the biotech space.


Mon. Jan. 23, 2023 12am-1:15pm


Dr. Sheila Hemami has over 25 years of experience in research and development in the academic and private sectors, with an emphasis on identifying early-stage technologies to address unmet needs and accelerating technology transfer.  She currently heads East Coast operations and directs the environmental and sustainability portfolio at Triple Ring Technologies (Boston and Silicon Valley).  Prior to joining Triple Ring, Dr. Hemami was with the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, MA, where she directed internal research and development and created a new business unit dedicated to addressing unmet technical needs for underserved medical populations and for the environment. Dr. Hemami started her technical career at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, and was a professor of electrical engineering and academic leader for 22 years (Cornell University for 20 years; Northeastern University for 3 years).  She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Dr. Michael Tlusty is Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His interest in sustainable aquaculture was formulated when he worked in Newfoundland, Canada to assess the environmental impact of salmon aquaculture, and ultimately to determine environmentally safe production levels. Michael then moved to the New England Aquarium, where he worked to improve seafood sustainability through engaging with major buyers, as well as the eco-certification community. This work has largely focused on integrating emerging fields to create new metrics to assess the journey toward sustainability. Michael also conducts research on health, nutrition and disease in crustaceans, as well as ways to detect and eliminate the trade in illegal wildlife. He has a B.S. in Animal Science from University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Biology from Syracuse University.

Dr. Timothy Bouley is founder and CEO of BioFeyn, a life sciences company pioneering new forms of nutrient delivery to improve efficiencies for food systems and sustainability. Previously, he established several of the first programs in planetary health at the World Bank, investing in climate change, one health, and oceans. He has published and lectured widely on the relationship of human health to the environment and served as a regular advisor to governments, financial institutions, and industry. He has held fellowships with the US National Academy of Sciences, Rockefeller Foundation, and University of Exeter and has degrees in biology, bioethics, geography, and medicine from Tufts, Harvard, Oxford, and Duke.

Larry Feinberg, PhD., is an entrepreneurial industrial biotechnologist and the CEO and co-founder of KnipBio. Larry completed his doctoral studies at the University of Massachusetts where he focused on biogeochemistry, physiology and genetics of hyperthermophilic microbes. He has deep expertise in early-stage technology ventures and bio-product discovery. At Mascoma Corporation, he led the Organism Discovery group and New Business Opportunities team.