Afyren is offering to a wide range of industries a bio-based replacement for petroleum molecules. Its technology uses natural microorganisms to replace carboxylic acids made from petroleum found in food flavors, mold inhibitors, cosmetics, lubricants used in plane and refrigerator motors, household cleaners, additives in animal feed that promote gut health, and more.

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Who: Christoph Heyn is Global Vice President, Digital Product Management at IKEA Retail (Ingka Group), accountable for some of the largest growth drivers in the company’s digital customer experience and product ambitions such as remote sales, customer support, circularity, B2B, food, retail, home and financial services.

Topic: How IKEA is embracing digital platform models

Quote: “With the data you get back from a platform you learn things you didn’t know. It is a great opportunity to revalidate assumptions, change things and continuously transform.”

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Who: Asia Biega leads the Responsible Computing group at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy. Her research centers around developing, examining and computationally operationalizing principles of responsible computing, data ethics, and data protection.

Topic: How companies should approach AI ethics, digital privacy and digital trust.

Quote: “Consumers still need to be educated but they are becoming increasingly aware of issues around data privacy, security, and ethics. It is in your company’s interest to do a better job protecting them.”

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Immersive Labs has developed a platform which helps corporates keep on top of their cybersecurity by using gamification and up-to-date threat intelligence. In October the startup was tapped to organize a Bank of England-backed initiative to test the UK financial sector’s cyber defenses. Customers include the UK’s National Health Service, BT, Goldman Sachs. and Citibank.

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Jennifer L. Schenker

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