Spotlighting inspiring founders who are innovating around improving human health and sustainability.
Ep. 7: Andras Forgacs, Modern Meadow — Leather without killing animals
Andras Forgacs is co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow, a company that is transforming the material world by biofabricating novel materials inspired by leather, without the animal. Andras has built Modern Meadow into a leading biomaterials company, having launched Zoa, the world’s first biofabricated leather brand. Andras is a “principles first” leader who believes that biofabrication has the potential for large-scale impact. Learn how he embraces cognitive diversity on his team, plans for manufacturing scalability from the start, and manages customers’ expectations carefully while innovating.
Ep. 6: Sofia Elizondo, Brightseed — A healthier future for people through plants.
Sofia Elizondo is a Co-founder and COO of Brightseed, a startup that is illuminating nature’s intelligence to provide health and nutrition benefits to humans. In our chat with Sofia, we learned about how a computationally identified plant compound has the power to improve metabolic health. We also heard tips on being a female founder, devising commercial strategy, and protecting early stage intellectual property.
Ep. 5: Paul Bleicher, Phase Forward — Revolutionizing clinical trials & biotech innovation
A constant innovator in patient data and healthcare, Paul Bleicher reflects on Phase Forward’s modernization of clinical trials and offers advice for “crossing the chasm” to tech adoption with risk-averse communities. Phase Forward went public and was later acquired by Oracle, and Paul went on to become the CMO of Humedica (acq Optum), and the CEO of OptumLabs. As a serial entrepreneur, Paul offers insights on the stages of early startup and on humbly knowing your own strengths - even if it means stepping aside as CEO to help your company crush it.
Ep. 4: Reshma Shetty, Ginkgo Bioworks — Making biology easier to engineer
Reshma Shetty was driven to make biology easier to engineer and ended up launching Ginkgo Bioworks with friends from MIT as a high-impact means to achieve their vision. Ginkgo is a platform biotechnology company with applications across medicine, food and nutrition, agriculture, cosmetics, and more. Recently, the company has been using their foundational technology on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and have spun off Joyn Bio and Allonia, new companies focused on wastewater remediation and sustainable agriculture, respectively. Reshma shares tips for women founders, for building a diverse company, and for bootstrapping until you have a game plan.
Ep. 3: Bill Brady, Kula Bio — Developing sustainable nitrogen solutions.
Bill Brady is the founder of Kula Bio, a leader in sustainable nitrogen solutions. Bill came to entrepreneurship as a second career after 22 years in industry, and he’s been working on sustainable technologies for more than a decade.
Ep. 2: Emily Leproust, Twist Biosciences — Leading DNA synthesis at scale.
Emily Leproust, CEO and Co-Founder of Twist Biosciences, is powering the new bio-based economy by driving DNA synthesis at scale. In this chat, we learn how Twist is leading the charge on DNA storage and supporting COVID-19 research globally.