Director, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation
Ryan develops and fine-tunes Genome Canada’s strategic approach to investment and innovation. He brings deep experience in strategic development and biotechnology in academia, private research and industry to his role, and is committed to advancing innovation in Canada and contributing to the development of a national sustainable bioeconomy.
As an academic, Ryan’s research focused on understanding how trees defend themselves against insects. He spent eight years building a start-up in the synthetic biology sector, inventing products to solve challenges in agriculture and crop protection, advanced materials, natural products and nutraceuticals. His skills include research and innovation management, business development, partnership management, grants and financing, due diligence, innovation strategy, intellectual property strategy and public communications.
Ryan obtained his PhD from the University of British Columbia and completed his post-doctoral studies at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies.