Andy Bass, a trailblazing entrepreneur and biotech executive, is passionate about merging cutting-edge biological technologies with mainstream consumer markets. With over 20 years of experience in the biotech industry, Andy's expertise spans design, marketing, and molecular biology. He has co-founded six innovative businesses, ranging from a DNA art company started in a garage studio to producing whole cut, plant-based meat with a company poised to disrupt a multi-billion dollar industry.
Andy's work has been featured in prestigious venues such as the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and covered by renowned publications like The New York Times, Wired, and Fast Company.
Currently, he serves as Co-Founder & CEO of Popular Biology, Inc., Chief Marketing Officer at Ecovative, and Co-Founder & former CMO at Atlast Food Co. (now MyForest Foods). All these companies share a common vision of utilizing biology to create consumer products that educate and positively impact society. Andy firmly believes that biology, as the most sophisticated technology on the planet, can help solve some of the world's largest problems, such as single-use plastics and the hyper-production of livestock.
Prior to his current positions, Andy sold BioPop, a company he co-founded in 2013, to Intrexon (now Precigen), a leader in synthetic biology applications. He then served as Senior Vice President of Intrexon's Consumer Product Division, leading a team developing innovative technologies for food, textiles, and cosmetics.
Before embarking on his entrepreneurial journey, Andy worked at Cellectis, Dharmacon, and Sigma Aldrich, gaining invaluable experience in gene editing and gene modulation technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas9, TALENs, Meganucleases, Zinc-Finger Nucleases, and RNAi. He holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Fueled by his relentless passion for integrating pop culture with biology, Andy has solidified his position as a true luminary in the realm of consumer biotechnology. His entrepreneurial prowess, boundless creativity, far-reaching vision, and unwavering dedication to delivering state-of-the-art solutions that enhance people's lives, make him one of the most enthralling and revolutionary figures in the consumer biotech industry.