Ricardo San Martin, PhD
Research Director, Alternative Meat Program, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, UC Berkeley
Dr. Ricardo San Martin is the Research Director of the Alternative Meat Program at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at UC Berkeley.
The Alternative Meat Program allows students to explore entrepreneurial opportunities in alternatives to animal meat. This is a meaningful and complex challenge about which he cares deeply, especially since two of his four children are vegan. He believes that Berkeley is the most powerful place on earth to tackle this immense challenge and make real change, particularly for the large population of our planet that needs low cost, nutritious and sustainable protein.
His background is in chemical engineering (MSc. UC Berkeley) and Biotechnology (Ph.D. Imperial College). For over 30 years, he was a hands-on inventor and entrepreneur of plant-extracts, some of which are used today by the companies that are developing alternatives to meat.
Dr. San Martin holds a B.S. from Universidad Catolica de Chile in Chemical Engineering, a MSc. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Imperial College, London.