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Reshma Shetty

Co-founder & CEO at Ginkgo Bioworks

Reshma Shetty is a co-founder of Ginkgo Bioworks, an organism company designing organisms to spec for customers across markets including nutrition, health and consumer goods. The company’s organism engineers work directly with customers including Fortune 500 companies and government entities like DARPA to design microbes for their needs.

Reshma has been active in synthetic biology for over 10 years and co-organized the first international conference in the field: Synthetic Biology 1.0. In 2008, Forbes magazine named Shetty one of Eight People Inventing the Future and in 2011, Fast Company named her one of 100 Most Creative People in Business. Reshma holds a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from MIT.

Learn more about Ginkgo Bioworks on their website and follow Reshma on Twitter @reshmapshetty and @Ginkgoo

Company Ginkgo Bioworks
Sector Biotechnology
How Much Raised 154 Million
Country/City United States, Boston
Funding Level Series C
Age When Started 28
1st Time Starting Business Yes
Size of Team 120

Key Steps

Bootstrapped
DARPA and Government Contracts
YC Combinator
Series A - $9million
Series B - $45million
Series C - $100million

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