Ryan Bethencourt

Ryan Bethencourt (@ryanbethencourt) is a biotech entrepreneur engaged in the war against the ravages of time and disease! He's working to accelerate innovations in medicine through biohacking, open innovation and collaboration. His primary areas of expertise are human translational medicine, genetics, longevity and biohacking. He can be reached at BamH1.com

Biotech’s Cambrian Era

Announcing BioCoder, an insider's review of DIY biotech

As I write this article, I’m reflecting on the long expanses of otherworldly playa I’ve just left, watching sandstorms pass in front of me while in altered mental states and contemplating the future of our beloved biotech industry.

I have, until recently been living a double life with one foot in the corporate biotech world and another deeply in the world of biohacking/radical science (working on DIY biolabs and equipment, longevity research, and ALS therapeutic development). I believe in the principles of citizen science and shared (or at least leaky) IP as a means of accelerating scientific progress, but I felt I needed to play my part in the “real” biotech industry. That changed three months ago when I realized that to create the innovation we want in biotech, we may have to burn the bridges that got us here and re-create it ourselves, with or without the dinosaur the current biotech industry has become.

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