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Episode 438: Ryan Bethencourt

By Jasmin and Mariann — June 02, 2018

Mariann talks to Ryan Bethencourt about how his company, Wild Earth Pets, is developing cultured proteins for dogs and cats, why our companion animals will be eating lab grown meat before we do, and his biotech incubator IndieBio. Ryan Bethencourt is a co-founder and CEO at Wild Earth, bringing years of experience in leading and advising high-growth companies. Ryan is a biotech entrepreneur, investor, and one of the founders of the biohacker movement. As an ethical vegan, Ryan is passionate about the future of biology as a technology, applied across all industries to solve some of humanity’s most intractable problems.

Also, Jasmin and Mariann talk about an annoying comment on a Newsweek article, New York City’s new vegan restaurant Arata, and “staying out of it!”

As always, the award-winning weekly Our Hen House podcast is hosted by Mariann Sullivan and Jasmin Singer.


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