Susan Schofer, Vice President Business Development, will be presenting and will cover topics such as what the Company is looking to achieve and how the technology behind its material will deliver on this; how its material could be applied to the leather sector; potential environmental sustainability and performance characteristics the material may have and the challenges it has been designed to overcome. Susan Schofer will also take part in the panel discussion giving delegates the opportunity to ask her their questions directly.

About Susan Schofer

Susan Schofer is an experienced product development leader with over 12 years of industry experience in biotechnology and new materials development. Prior to Modern Meadow, she spent ten years of her career in Silicon Valley, where she held roles both in Research and Development, as well as in product development, product management, and commercialisation of new materials. Schofer has experience in all aspects of strategic partnerships, including business development, alliance management, and cross-functional team leadership to deliver products from initial ideation to the market. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Brown University and her Ph.D. in organometallic and inorganic chemistry from Caltech. She was a National Science Foundation International Postdoctoral Fellow at Stockholm and Uppsala Universities.

More about Modern Meadow

A leader in biologically advanced materials, the start-up has developed the world’s first biofabricated materials brand, Zoa. Modern Meadow harnesses the power of design, biology, and materials science to enable new design and performance possibilities. By partnering with some of the world’s most cherished and innovative consumer brands, it aims to bring innovation to the material world. The Company’s unique and diverse team numbers over 70 people with expertise in molecular biology, material science, engineering and design. It has the support of world class investors such as Horizons Ventures, Iconiq Capital, ARTIS Ventures, Temasek, Breakout Ventures and Tony Fadell.

About the conference

Jointly co-organised by ILM and Eurofins|BLC, the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018 is predicted to be a popular event with attendees from across the leather industry. A key theme of the conference will include ‘sustainable raw materials’, and the event will touch on topics such as; innovation around raw materials for leather, uses for waste materials within the leather value chain and circular economy. This year’s conference will also be considering new materials coming to market and look at transparency and traceability of production within existing processes. Stahl are the lead sponsors of the event.

Delegates will include brands, retailers and leather manufacturers from around the world, and they will have the opportunity to ask questions at the event through an interactive panel discussion.

For further information about the conference and to register please click here or, alternatively, contact or call +44 (0)1604 679 999. 

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Maria Wallace at or telephone +44 (0)203 735 6537.