About Quantech Solutions
Dr Sam Hoste has over 15 years senior management and Board level experience providing business and technical solutions in food supply chains. He has worked in the UK, USA, Canada, South Africa and the Far East with retailers, processors and farmers. The business is based from Ryedale, North Yorkshire on the family farm.
The focus of Quantech Solutions is to assist companies in their innovations and commercialising agritech and digital technologies applied to animal value chains. Agritech – the input side to agriculture – is the hardware and software tools that farmers and value chains use to improve: productivity, the environment, water quality, soil health, animal health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
I am especially interested in digital applications to animal agriculture – or Precision Livestock Farming, alternative proteins (insect and algae), applications of gene editing, and Clean Meat.
Sam is also one of the team of AgriTech Specialists in the Department for International Trade.
For the last 10 years I have led ‘Systems’ innovation projects such as regional animal health improvement – involving all levels in the supply chain, and the development of the Agritech Centres in the UK. I was involved in the concept of the 4 agritech centres, instrumental in establishing CIEL, and was COO of the animal centre, CIEL.
Sam has a technical background in agriculture and animal breeding. After an MSc in Animal Breeding from Edinburgh he undertook a PhD with Professor Trevor Morris in a selection experiment selecting for early sexual maturity in poultry. Subsequently he worked in the pig industry as a geneticist since 1990 with a number of family and listed companies. He moved into broader consultancy in the late 1990’s and took an MBA at the University of Leeds Business School. He has led livestock projects that involve a supply chain focus (e.g. the Red Meat Industry Forum and the BPEX pig health initiative) and often have involved bringing many suppply chain partners together in collaborative ‘whole-chain’ projects.
Our diagram of making innovation happen.
Embracing innovation has been a significant theme of my consultancy where I have concentrated on developing open-innovation projects within the agri-food sector. For a period a colleague and I ran a specifically open-innovation consultancy, ‘This Little Piggy’ where we adapted John Bessant’s model to provide an innovation system that could be utilised across sectors. Applying Open Innovation in the food sector is in the news again, see here.
I have also been keen to ‘put something back’ for the next generation. Part of this has been through the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) and Chairing the communications group, but also through an on-going interest in Knowledge Exchange, education and training at all levels. Agriculture provides fantastic opportunities in all sorts of science disciplines and in management, computing, electronics, sensors and data analysis. And its fun!
Looking towards Coal Clough Wind farm
Sunset Nov 2014 Worsthorne Moor
We work with a carefully selected network of colleagues to complement our skills. This includes expert knowledge in marketing, technical food services, computing and databases, nutritional advice and molecular genetics. This provides companies with the flexibility to ensure that you have the right people for the right time.
Listed below are some of the many companies we have worked with.