Lauren Shimek is the Founder of Food.Tech.Design, a food and beverage innovation consulting business. As a Ph.D. food scientist with over 9 years of food design and innovation at IDEO as well as product development expertise at General Mills, she creates breakthrough food and beverage products that tap into people’s unmet needs and desires while being grounded in manufacturability. Lauren’s personal passion for food, deep technical expertise and design thinking know-how place her at the innovation intersection of food science 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 also actively involved with the Institute of Food Technologists.