LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2015) — As part of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering’s commitment to bring the best intellectual minds and research creativity to campus, the 2015 Ashland Inc. Distinguished Lecture Series will feature two experts, David Edwards and Kinam Park, who are developing novel techniques for sensory and drug delivery.
Famous for inventing new ways of eating, communicating and transporting water, Harvard Professor David Edwards founded Le Laboratoire, a Paris-based research and innovation facility merging science and the arts. His work also includes new approaches to treating infectious diseases.
Edwards is the Gordan McKay Professor of the Practice of Idea Translation in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science, a core member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and a faculty associate of the Center for Nanoscale Systems.
He has launched multiple drug delivery companies and nonprofits, is the author of two seminal textbooks in applied mathematics, as well as several works of nonfiction and fiction, and is a member of the American and French National Academies of Engineering and the U.S. National Academy of Inventors. Edwards has won many international awards and honors, including his nomination as Chevalier of Arts & Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.
Edwards will deliver his lecture, “Sensory Delivery for Better Health,” at 9:15 a.m. in the Young Library auditorium.
For years, Harvard University professor David Edwards has worked to create edible food packaging designed to mimic the way nature creates fruit and vegetables inside edible skins. One of his creations, the WikiPearl, is now available for public consumption.
In 2012, Edwards turned his passion into a company, called WikiFoods. One of his nature-inspired food technologies, WikiPearl, has been a major focus. At a basic level, WikiPearl is a skin–a protective coating for food that prevents contamination and water loss. On the WikiPearl website, there are images of all kinds of foods encased in WikiPearl skins, including ice cream, yogurt, and cheese.
Now, collaborating with Stonyfield Farms, WikiFoods has created a line of frozen yogurt, called Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt Pearls, that consists of an edible skin (peach, coconut, or strawberry flavored) surrounding chocolate frozen yogurt.
In an interview with Co.Exist two years ago, Edwards explained his WikiPearl vision: "The notion [of Wikicells] is that you are englobing liquid, foam, or something else in a soft membrane held together by food particles that are being connected by electrostatic charges to each other and to a small amount of natural polymer."