Dr. Siwarutt Boonyarattanakalin is currently the assistant innovation director of SMS Corporation where value is created from tapioca starch through knowledge and dedication of human resources. He has directed intense fundamental and application research teams at SMS. His expertise is in the fields of carbohydrate chemistry and starch modification. Dr. Siwarutt has received his bachelor degree in chemistry from Colorado State University (USA), Ph. D. in organic chemistry and chemical biology from the Pennsylvania State University (USA), and postdoctoral training in carbohydrate chemistry (Roche Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow) from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland). Dr. Siwarutt has more than 50 research publications, patents, and book chapters. He was an associate professor at Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University, Thailand.
Plant-based proteins are poised to become more cost-effective and affordable than animal-derived counterparts. They are expected to capture up to 11% of the protein market by 2035, driven by factors like resource efficiency and consumer health, and environmental concerns. Challenges in plant-based growth, including taste and texture issues, are being addressed, particularly by targeting the growing flexitarian market. SMS Corporation is at the forefront, offering innovative plant protein solutions like PHYTO 50, which provide higher protein content and cost savings while maintaining taste and texture. Research and innovation are vital in optimizing plant proteins for a sustainable food future.