Ron Shigeta PhD is a serial Biotech entrepreneur. He was a co-founder and Chief Science Officer at IndieBio. With the team at IndieBio Ron and Ryan Bethencourt he has funded over 70 startups that have redefined the role of biotechnology in food, manufacturing and consumer products.
In three years IndieBio has been one of the most successful accelerators in the world with a funding rate to date of over 50% for startups who have come through the program. As partner liaison Ron helps build companies that have created new consumer trends through biotechnology (e.g. Plant based Seafood; New Wave Foods, Industrial Enzymatic systems; GEA Enzymes, Prebiotic cosmetics; NERD Skincare).
Ron did his doctoral training at Princeton University studying protein structure and biophysics. His post-doctoral training at Stanford and Harvard Medical School focused on antibiotic biosynthesis and diabetes. He is also a 15 year veteran of commercial biotechnology, having led a bioinformatics and functional genomics group at Affymetrix.