Building our Biofuture: Policy issues and opportunities for next generation biotechnologies


Reshma Shetty

Gingko Bioworks

President, Chief Operations Office and Co-Founder


Reshma Shetty co-founded Ginkgo Bioworks in 2008. As President, Chief Operations Officer, and member of our board of directors, she has seen the company grow to over 1200 people. Reshma has been active in the field of synthetic biology for nearly 20 years, co-organizing the first international conference in the field in 2004. In 2008, Forbes magazine named Reshma one of Eight People Inventing the Future and in 2011, Fast Company named her one of 100 Most Creative People in Business. In 2014, Ginkgo became the first biotech company to participate in YCombinator. In 2018, Business Insider named her one of the most powerful female engineers. In 2019, BIO recognized Reshma with the Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology and Agriculture. Reshma Shetty has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from MIT.

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