Adjunct Faculty Member, CFIE
Ron Shigeta Ph.D. is an adjunct lecturer in the Management & Entrepreneurship Department in the Leavey School of Business. He teaches Global Food, Startup Culture and Climate Change: A look forward. He is also an Advisory Board member for the Center for Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Shigeta is a serial Biotech entrepreneur. A co-founder and Chief Science Officer at IndieBio. As an investor for IndieBio and since he has helped to fund over 70 startups including Clara Foods that have redefined the role of biotech startups in food, manufacturing and consumer products. He is the co-founder of Wild Earth producing vegan dog treats and dog food products nationally to 50 states.
In three years IndieBio became one of the most successful accelerators in the world with a funding rate to date of over 70% for startups who have come through the program, building a portfolio market cap of $1B. As Chief Scientific Officer, Ron helped to build companies that have created new consumer trends through biotechnology (e.g. Plant based Seafood; New Wave Foods, Industrial Enzymatic systems; Protera, Lab Grown Meat: Memphis Meats and Finless Foods). As well as highly innovative companies in healthcare (e.g. SyntheX, PrellisBio, BioAesthetics).
Dr. Shigeta 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.