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SynBioBeta Podcast: How this household name is beating climate change — and making great products

Today John Cumbers talks with Tom Dierking, design director of transformational platform technologies at Procter & Gamble. John will be talking to Tom about his passion for transforming the consumer experience, Procter & Gamble’s revolutionary line of water-free products, and where he sees synthetic biology impacting the way that consumer brands do business.

Tom Dierking is the global design director of innovation capability at Procter & Gamble (P&G). He’s a passionate advocate of design and has been driving multi-disciplinary innovation for over 20 years. In leading innovation at one of the world’s top brands, Tom’s work touches the lives of millions of us. Tom is especially focused on design-inspired innovation and bringing new experiences to consumers. Tom works with Procter & Gamble’s senior leadership, leveraging design thinking on brands and company strategy initiatives, and delivering design-inspired changes to improve operations across the company. In today’s podcast Tom discusses how P&G’s EC30 products are revolutionalizing eco-friendly household products through great design.

Towards the end of the podcast Tom references this beautiful short film by Robert Wong on how manufacturing along with, Orbiting the Giant Hairball— one of his favorite books pertaining to design.

SynBioBeta 2018 Program Guide
Romanesco broccoli on the cover of the 2018 SynBioBeta program guide.

This is another example of some of the beautiful design biology holds that John references during the podcast.

Thanks to Procter & Gamble (@ProcterGamble) for making this episode possible.

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Bryce manages media production at SynBioBeta. His goal is to assist SynBioBeta’s push into editorial video, podcasts, and beyond. He’s excited to combine his passion for telling stories through videos with an analytical perspective as he continues a data science degree at UC Davis this fall.

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