Ryan Smith

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As the co-founder and chief technical officer of Micromidas, Inc., Ryan is transforming how biotechnology processes are designed at all levels. Micromidas uses an innovative microbial process to convert raw sewage into high quality bio-plastics and solves two fundamental issues: sewage and plastic waste. Working with wastewater treatment plants to alleviate the costly problem of bio-solids waste, while also collaborating with plastics producers to market a fully biodegradable plastic, Micromidas is creating a new paradigm for economic growth and environmental sustainability.
  • Fellow 2010 Social Innovation Fellows
  • Faculty 2011 Social Innovation Fellows
  • Fellow PopTech 2010
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You make plastic out of what? Ryan Smith tells all.

Someday soon we may all be drinking water out of biodegradable plastic bottles made from raw sewage. Yes, raw sewage. That is, if Micromidas has anything to do with it. Founded by 2010 Social Innovation Fellow Ryan Smith, Micromidas feeds raw sewage to bacteria that, in turn, turns it into plastic. It’s an elegant solution that solves two problems simultaneously: it

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2010 Social Innovation Fellow Ryan Smith

2010 Social Innovation Fellow Ryan Smith

Inevitably, 2010 Social Innovation Fellow Ryan Smith opened his Friday presentation with a poop joke.

“It was irresistible,” he said of the “Poop!Tech” logo on the screen behind him. Natch. Smith, after all, is co-founder and chief technical officer of Micromidas, Inc., a biotech company that uses an innovative microbial process to convert raw

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