Harini Venkataraman is an Associate Research Director and Team Captain on the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) team at Lux Research. In this role, she provides strategic advice to shape the innovation journey of Lux’s clients, evaluating opportunities for several technology topics across the CPG value chain, ranging from sustainable ingredient production to microbiome modulation. She also guides the research priorities of the CPG team, working closely with a group of subject-matter experts.
Before joining Lux, Harini worked as a Senior Associate Scientist at DSM Food Specialties, the Netherlands, focusing on R&D activities in the areas of brewing enzymes, food processing enzymes, and nutraceuticals. She also has experience working on projects related to regulatory affairs and toxicology. Harini holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Vrije University, Amsterdam, specializing in engineering bacterial enzymes for food, flavor, and pharma applications. She has authored multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and established successful academic and industrial collaborations.