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Katie Kam, PhD, PE

Co-Founder & CEO

In high school, I worked at a BBQ restaurant in northwest Austin.  I'd eat BBQ on my breaks; brisket slathered in sauce was my favorite followed up with banana pudding.  But then over time, as I learned more about factory farming and could no longer make the distinction between my dogs and cats I loved and the animals that were on my plate, I decided to become vegan.  A few years later, when I heard about Dr. Mark Post making the first cell-based hamburger, I thought "that's it!"  This is the win-win solution for meeting meat demand and addressing animal welfare, environmental, and other issues associated with meat from slaughtered animals.  I started BioBQ in December 2018, met my co-founder and chief science advisor Dr. Janet Zoldan, and now in 2020 here we are embarking on an exciting engineering and scientific challenge of bringing cell-based barbecue to the world.  My background is in civil engineering, urban planning, biology, and chemistry.

Janet Zoldan, PhD

Co-Founder & Chief Science Advisor

I was focused on developing ways to repair human hearts with cell sheets seeded with human cardiac muscles, when one day Katie Kam reached out to me with her interest in working in my lab to learn cell culturing to create cell-based meat.  Intrigued, I invited her to my office and that is when I realized my cell sheeting technology could be the answer the cell-based meat industry was looking for.  I'm an associate professor in The University of Texas at Austin biomedical engineering program.  My background is in tissue engineering, stem cells, materials engineering, and chemistry.

 

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