Jason Ryder’s highly interactive talk will focus on sustainable chemical engineering in all forms, narrated through a career in developing and scaling bio-based processes and products in the Bay Area industrial biotech and food tech industries.
Jason Ryder is a bioprocess engineer, entrepreneur, and educator with experience in process and product development, engineering design, scale up, and commercialization in the industrial biotech and food tech sectors. His professional work has ranged from small molecules to proteins with applications spanning sustainable chemicals, fuels, materials, and foods. Jason is currently CTO and Co- Founder of Joywell Foods, a Davis-based food technology company focused on making sweet protein ingredients and food products. Prior to Joywell, he served in technical leadership roles at Amyris, Bolt Threads, and Hampton Creek / Eat JUST. Jason earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. In 2018 he joined the UC Berkeley faculty in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), where he currently serves as Adjunct Professor and Executive Director of the Master of Bioprocess Engineering (MBPE) program.