Dr. Ryan Bethencourt


Biotechnology, Future of Food

Request Ryan for Your Event

Areas of Expertise

Digital Biology  •  GGC-Environment  •  Entrepreneurship  •  Medicine  •  GGC-Food  •  Exponentials  •  Biotech

About Ryan

Ryan Bethencourt is a scientist, entrepreneur, and investor best known for his work as program director and venture partner at IndieBio. Ryan is one of the 21st century’s most prolific biotech investors and entrepreurs through his work funding and building over 70+ biotech companies over the last decade.

He was previously head of life sciences at the XPRIZE Foundation, the former CEO of Berkeley Biolabs and spent a decade developing human therapeutic with large companies like Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, Genentech. His work at the interface of science and business has been covered globally.

Ryan focuses on using biology as a technology to solve some of the world’s most intractable problems including the future of food, medicine, biological computation, consumer biotech and environmental challenges.

Some of the more notable and impactful companies Ryan has funded and helped build include Future of Food (Ava Labs, New Wave Foods, Memphis Meats, Clara Foods, Geltor, Miraculex, Finless Foods, The NotCo, SugarLogix), Medicine (Orphidia,SyntheX, QIDNI labs, Neuroqore, Ravata, Venomyx Therapeutics, Scaled Biolabs, GEA enzymes, Mendel.ai, Bioaesthetics, Proteorex,Prellis Biologics, DNAlite, QuantumCyte), Biological Computation (Koniku, Catalog Technologies), Consumer Biotech (NERD Skincare, Amino labs, Mycoworks, Animal Biome), Environmental (Pembient, Bioinspira, UBA Biologics)

Ryan has a BSc degree in Biological Sciences (Molecular Genetics) from Warwick University, a joint Masters in Bioscience Enterprise (MBE) from Cambridge University and MIT. He’s also been a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Candidate at the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh before pivoting to build startups.


Allbiotech 2017: Keynote 4

The Future of the Pharmaceutical Industry | Humanity+ Caltech Summit 2010

Playing with the substance of 'us'

NEW ECONOMY - trailer


Speaking Topics

  • Feeding the Next 3 Billion: Biotech and the Future of Food

    With a rapidly growing global population, our world is surpassing its natural carrying capacity, which begs the critical question: how will we feed the next 3 billion people born over the decades ahead?

    This is just one factor that’s triggering the largest transformations of the food and agriculture industries since humanity first domesticated plants and animals over 10,000 years ago.

    This talk dives into the future of food, explores the prospects of cellular agriculture and clean meat, and discusses how embracing GMO technologies can help grow more food and possibly even save our planet.

    In this session, you will:

    -Learn about the powerful opportunities biotechnology is creating within the 15 trillion dollar protein and meat markets.
    -Understand the difference between cellular and acellular agriculture.
    -See how organizations and startups are innovating with clean meat, fermentation technology, and vertical farming.
    -Discuss the current scientific and regulatory challenges ahead of us as new food industries blossom across the globe.
    -Explore ways to prepare for the end of food scarcity, the rise of food abundance, and the massive entrepreneurial opportunities still ahead.

See All Faculty