Uma Valeti, MD
Uma is a cardiologist, entrepreneur, and the CEO and co-founder of Memphis Meats. Memphis Meats is the world’s leading company producing cell-based meat: real meat grown directly from animal cells without the need to raise animals. As the chief visionary of Memphis Meats, Uma sets the strategic direction and oversees the development of cell-based meat technologies with a focus on commercialization. Memphis Meats has already pioneered the world’s first multi-species cell-based meat platform and made history by unveiling chicken, duck and beef grown directly from animal cells. Uma’s mission is to feed the world’s growing population with meat that is delicious, affordable and sustainable. A Mayo Clinic cardiologist by training, Uma has served in numerous leadership roles at the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and co-founded or invested in several medical device and food tech startups. Fun fact: Uma has rescued several people in cardiac arrest.