Ryan Bethencourt – Program Director and Venture Partner
Ryan prides himself on disrupting the current status quo in both medical and consumer biotech. He was previously the Life Sciences head at the XPRIZE Foundation, the co-founder and CEO of Berkeley Biolabs, as well as a co-founder of Sudo Room and Counter Culture Labs.
Ryan has worked over the last decade in the biopharmaceutical industry to partner on and develop novel drugs from first IND submission to FDA approval with many major biopharmas including Pfizer, AZ, J&J, Sanofi, Takeda, Amgen, Genentech, and other companies in the U.S., E.U., and Japan. He’s also served as COO at Genescient Pharmaceuticals, a longevity focused biotech startup and CEO of Halpin Neurosciences, an ALS therapeutics company. Ryan’s work has been featured in Wired, TechCrunch, Forbes, the San Francisco Business Times, and other publications. He regularly speaks on biotech innovation and writes for Biocoder, an O’Reilly Media publication.