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When She Founded with Somer Hamrick, CEO & Founder of Channel Clinical is an insider view on what it really takes to start and scale a company in STEM. Each episode takes a deeper look into one such business venture and the woman who started it. Industry mavens describe their personal path to entrepreneurship through one-on-one conversations with a host who has been figuring it out herself. Somer Hamrick launched her own company in early 2019. With 20 years’ experience in business development and half that specifically in global health and clinical research, Somer found herself having to reach outside the life science community for support and mentorship. She created When She Founded as a platform to share what she has learned and is still learning, on her journey. This podcast demystifies some of the steps for female founders in industries where representation is lacking.

Sep 10, 2020



Julia Olayanju is an entrepreneur, scientist, and the Founder of Food Niche Inc., a company that facilitates collaboration between scientists, innovators, investors, and executive decision-makers through nationally recognized conferences. She is a thought leader that advocates for nutritional education and a healthy food supply. Julia is also the Founder and Executive Director at the Global Food and Health Institute, leading a team that leverages technology and scientific expertise to promote healthy food systems. Her work has appeared on Forbes, Thrive Global, Business Insider, and USA Today. She has a Doctorate degree from Rutgers University and lives in New Jersey with her husband and two boys.


Julia joins me today to discuss the key ingredients of good health through nourishing meals. She shares her journey from lab researcher to female entrepreneurs bringing food innovations and education to the younger generation. We discuss the eating patterns of adults and children in America and share how food compounds can affect our long-term health as well as help prevent chronic illnesses. Julia shares how the Global Food and Health Institute and YScooks inspire children to learn about nutrition through technology. We also discuss why we need to make nourishing meals available to all, regardless of where they live and their financial constraints.




“What we hope to do is create a generation of ambassadors - not only to take care of themselves by eating and nourishing their bodies, but also to help others see this is really important.” - Julia Olayanju




Today on When She Founded:


  • Julia's first motivations for looking at food and health
  • How food compounds interact with cells on a molecular level and their effects on our health
  • Julia's research into delaying and preventing illnesses such as cancer
  • How Julia made the jump from working in the lab and research industry to building a business
  • The high figures of adults with poor eating patterns and children with obesity in America
  • How the Global Food and Health Institute is bringing nutritional education to schools
  • How YScooks' program of food history, science, nutritional basics, gut health nutrition, and food safety is presented to children through e-learning, videos, and gamification
  • Food innovations of the 21st century
  • Why we need to make nourishing meals more affordable and accessible to everyone



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