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Closing the Food Loop for a Sustainable Future

As Singapore spearheads its “30 by 30” initiative and strives for zero waste goals, Life Lab Resources is dedicated to closing the food loop. By transforming food waste into valuable feed resources, we address the pressing need to reduce waste and ensure sustainable food sources.

Objectives

Current progress

Recognition

Life Lab Resources is a recipient of the 2023 DBS Foundation Business for Impact Grant. This has enabled the company to scale and make a bigger difference.

Our Team

Our team consists of business veterans with a combined experience of more than 60 years in F&B, Biotechnology and Manufacturing.

EDWARD CHIA

EDWARD CHIA

Managing Director
Impact entrepreneur

Edward, a socially conscious entrepreneur, has a remarkable track record of creating a positive impact on society. At the young age of 18, he founded the non-profit organization Arts For Us All (AFUA), engaging youth in arts-based community work. Later, at 21, while studying at the National University of Singapore (NUS), he co-founded Timbre and became its Managing Director. Edward’s vision for developing the local music scene led him to grow Timbre into a holistic music lifestyle company, supporting homegrown musicians, promoting local hawkerpreneurs, and embracing an inclusive employment policy by hiring ex-offenders.

Having divested his stake in the Timbre group, Edward now focuses on circular economy solutions, particularly in post-consumer food waste. His goal is to close the food loop in Singapore, akin to the closed water loop. Edward actively serves the community and has been involved with esteemed organizations such as the National Arts Council, National Museum of Singapore, and Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE). He has also made significant contributions to committees focused on arts, culture, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. Currently, Edward serves as a Member of Parliament and Grassroots Advisor for Holland Bukit Timah GRC.

Edward’s notable achievements have earned him numerous awards, including Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year, Junior Chamber International Award, Singapore Youth Award, and the ASEAN Youth Award. Leveraging his entrepreneurial experience and strategic vision, he now brings his expertise in F&B operations and deep understanding of food waste challenges to Life Lab Resources.

Edward has played a pivotal role in developing Life Lab Resources’ three-step process for recycling food waste, cementing his commitment to creating a more sustainable future.

GARY CHIA

GARY CHIA

General Manager
Technology, Manufacturing & Business executive

Gary is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. His extensive expertise spans Fab start-up, process integration, technology transfer, product marketing, program management, and business unit management. With a strong background in engineering, he gained valuable experience at IBM in New York, working on advanced manufacturing and customer engagements.

Selected for the prestigious Temasek young leaders program, Gary has honed his leadership abilities and broadened his perspective. He is passionate about technology, teamwork, and empowerment, finding joy in supporting his team’s growth and success. Gary thrives on industry challenges and enjoys collaborating with talented individuals.

Gary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Master’s degree in Microelectronics from Nanyang Technological University. In his free time, he indulges in attending concerts, exploring interesting companies, and listening to business podcasts.

With his adaptability, leadership skills, and passion for tackling challenges, Gary is well-positioned for a successful pivot into food waste management. Leveraging his manufacturing expertise, he can bring operational excellence, quality assurance, efficient supply chain management, and customer-focused solutions to the food waste valorization venture. His experience in process improvement and delivering high-quality products contribute to Life Lab’s competitiveness and sustainability in this emerging industry.