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Bernhard Van Lengerich, PhD

Former Chief Scientific Officer & VP Technology Strategy, General Mills, Inc.

Advisory Board Member at S2G Ventures, Beyond Meat, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Feeding Tomorrow, and Compatible Technology International.

Bernhard completed his PhD in Food/Biotechnology at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. His work experience includes Unilever Germany, RJR Nabisco, and Buehler AG in Switzerland. In 1994 Bernhard joined General Mills, Inc. in Minneapolis and was Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President for Technology Strategy. He led the development of key enabling technologies resulting in major product innovations. Bernhard authored/co-authored over 100 patents, established a Game Changer program and created a novel ‘Cashless Venturing’ initiative, enabling faster and more disruptive innovations. He retired in March 2015 after more than 20 years with General Mills and is now an Advisory Board Member at several companies and non-profit scientific organizations.