Future Waste: Smart & Sustainable Plastics and Organics

Join us for this joint-webinar on how startups are pioneering in turning today’s organic and plastic waste into a resource for tomorrow.

Event Details


[Webinar] April 22, 2020, 15:00 - 16:00 (China) / 16:00 - 17:00 (South Korea) / 9:00 - 10:00 (Switzerland)


Free, RSVP required

The webinar is jointly organized by swissnex China and Science and Technology Office Seoul at Embassy of Switzerland in the Republic of Korea. Four startups working on plastic and food waste are invited to present and pitch their projects.

Waste increases in sync with the world’s population and wealth, causing landfills to reach capacity. The waste of today is the resource of tomorrow. Recovering and reusing materials is key to reducing pollution and protecting natural resources. Our four speakers from China, South Korea and Switzerland are experts on how to minimize organic and plastic waste and smartly treat it as a resource to improve efficiency, lower cost and reduce human’s impact on the environment. The aim is to smartly recycle and reuse waste, converting it into energy or safely returning it to the environment, as sustainable as possible.

Learn in this joint-webinar, how startups are pioneering in turning today’s organic and plastic waste into a resource for tomorrow, contributing to the creation of a circular economy, where waste materials are no longer simply thrown away, but are retained and re-used as future resource. Post-consumer waste could become a valuable revenue stream and fuels new markets in this circular economy. The Q&A session allows interaction between the audience and each startup.


*China Time (GMT+8)

15:00 – 15:05


Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul & CEO, swissnex China

15:05 – 15:15

A Sustainable Circular Economy for PET Plastic

Dr. Samantha Anderson, Founder & CEO, DePoly

15:15 – 15:25

Biodegradable Polymer as a Solution to Plastic Waste Issues

Yuanbin Bai, Vice President, Bluepha

15:25 – 15:35

Decomposing ethylene and microorganisms to reduce food waste

Sunyoung Lee, Founder & CEO, PureSpace

15:35 – 15:45


The benefits of measuring and monitoring your resources

Naomi MacKenzie, Co-founder, KITRO

15:45 – 15:55


15:55 – 16:00

Closing Remarks

Dr. Alessandra Apicella, Head of Science and Technology Office, Embassy of Switzerland in the Republic of Korea



Samantha Anderson

Founder & CEO at DePoly

Dr. Samantha Anderson began her career in Canada where she obtained a Masters at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She moved to Switzerland in 2015 and obtained her doctorate at EPFL within the LSMO group studying MOFs for new applications. In 2019, she launched a spin off from EPFL, DePoly SA, which focuses on the chemical recycling of PET and others plastics.


DePoly, a startup based at EPFL’s Valais-Wallis campus, has developed a chemical-based method for recycling PET containers. The chemical process involves depolymerizing the PET – hence the name DePoly. Its process, which offers several advantages over existing technology, won the company first place at the 2019 >>venture>> competition, a Swiss entrepreneurship competition held every year by EPFL, ETH Zurich, McKinsey & Company, Knecht Holding and Innosuisse. DePoly had already received funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation and an Innogrant, as well as support from local business incubator The Ark.

Yuanbin Bai

Vice President at Bluepha

Mr. Yuanbin Bai is an alumni of Tsinghua university, he joined Bluepha on beginning of 2018 as vice president. He takes the lead in business development. In 2019, he successfully established the strategic partnership with Sinochem (a Fortune 500 integrated operator in oil and chemical industry)


Bluepha is a synthetic biology company established in Beijing in 2016. One of the technologies developed by Bluepha is pioneering a revolutionary cost-effective method for producing bioplastics. Bluepha was the winner of the Future Planet Award in 2017 for SUSTAINABLE GROWTH and the winner of the Cleantech APAC 25 Award in 2019.  Bluepha closed their seed funding round in 2018 and a series A fundraising with the total amount of 40 million RMB in the Q4 of 2019 to build a new plant to expand its PHA capacity.

Sunyoung Lee

Founder & CEO at PureSpace

Sunyoung is a founder of PureSpace. She is an alumni of Seoul National University in Business and has a career in finance sector.  She has decided to establish a tech-based startup to help reduce food waste and is in charge of leading the business development of PureSpace.


PureSpace’s solution applies to fresh produce all along the cold chain and increases their shelf life, thus greatly reducing post-harvest losses. It has developed a proprietary nano-catalyst technology to completely decompose ethylene gas and airborne bacteria effectively and safely. The solution can be deployed at multiple points of the supply chain. PureSpace was one of the winners of FFAA 2018, Walmart food safety innovation pipeline 3, and was one of the selected startups in Kickstart program 2019 Switzerland. It was won NET certificate of Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of South Korea and has received seed investment from Seoul National University Fund.

Naomi MacKenzie

Co-founder at KITRO

With experience working in the food and beverage industry both in kitchens and service Naomi witnessed every day the enormous amount of edible food that is being thrown away. This has led her to commit herself to reducing the avoidable food waste in this sector. The environmental impact that KITRO could have inspires her to push it to its full potential and leave a positive footprint. The idea behind KITRO originated during Naomi’s educational studies at the Ecole de hôtelière de Lausanne. Since then, she together with co-founder Anastasia Hofmann have been vigorously working to bring the hospitality industry a solution to tackle this growing issue of food waste. Their goal is to bring back the value of food, so that all food is appreciated and not wasted.


KITRO aims to tackle the issue of food waste and low profit margins in the food and beverage (F&B) industry by providing users with automated tool to measure and mitigate food waste. Comprised of a hardware and software, this solution is based on image processing and machine learning technologies in the backend to automate the identification of what has been thrown away. The hardware allows for automated food waste data collection, data which is then analysed and shown to customers in the form of an online dashboard. By knowing what they dispose, chefs and managers can make data driven decisions to operate more cost efficiently and consequently reduce their cost.


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