Andy is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about merging cutting-edge biological technologies with mainstream consumer markets. He is a 20-year veteran of the biotech industry with a knack for design and marketing. He’s co-founded six businesses that range 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 the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (as ACGT in Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code), sold at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (as the Dino Pet he invented in 2012) and covered by The New York Times, Wired and Fast Company among many others.
Andy is currently a Co-Founder and CEO of Urbz, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer at Atlast Food Co. and CMO at Ecovative. The common DNA of these companies is that they’re all using biology to make consumer products. The underlying objective is to use biology to both educate consumers and manufacture many of the consumable products society uses. Biology is the most sophisticated technology on the planet and it can help us solve some of the world’s largest problems like single-use plastics and factory farming of animals.
Prior to his current positions, Andy sold BioPop (a company he co-founded in 2013), to Intrexon (now Precigen), a leader in the application of synthetic biology. He served as Senior Vice President of Intrexon’s Consumer Product Division where he led a team developing innovative technologies for food, textiles, and cosmetics.
Before that, Andy worked at Cellectis, Dharmacon, and Sigma Aldrich, gaining experience in CRISPR/Cas9, TALENs, Meganucleases, Zinc-Finger Nucleases, and RNAi in the applications of gene editing and gene modulation.
Andy holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.