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OUR TEAM

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MEET THE RYP LABS TEAM.

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Moody Soliman

MS / MBA
FOUNDER / CEO

Experienced entrepreneur and startup founder with more than 15 years of experience in the Medical Device, Biotech and AgTech industries. Moody has a deep passion for delivering products that ultimately improve people’s health, safety and quality of life.

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Ozgur Yildirim

PhD
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Ozgur is an accomplished innovation leader with more than 20 years of experience in global organizations including Hewlett Packard (HP) and Intellectual Ventures. He led the successful launch of more than 20 technology development projects.

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Wei Qian

MS
DIRECTOR OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS

Over a decade of experience in leading global consumer product enterprises with in-depth knowledge in food regulations and government affairs.

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Katie Benoit

BS
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER

Holds Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Toxicology  with cGMP and cGLP experience including GC/MS. 

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Rachida Bouchikh Zakour

MS
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Agrobiology with more than 4 years experience. 

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J.B. Harmon IV

BS
PROCESS DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER

Over 10 years of mechanical engineering experience in the food and beverage industries, including the development of automated pizza making machines, novel water filtration devices, research devices, and food processing equipment.

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Steve Hulteng

MME / PE
COO / CO-FOUNDER

A veteran in the engineering and operational roles in Aerospace, Medical Device and Biotech industries, Steve knows the ins and outs of starting up and successfully leading diverse, technical teams to design, manufacture, and launch new products for commercial distribution. 

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Amit Dhingra

PhD
CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

Professor of Plant Genomics and Biotechnology, and Head of Texas A&M's Department of Horticultural Sciences. Serial Agtechpreneur and thought leader in the field of Plant Genomics and horticulture. 

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Ben Jones

MS
SR. MATERIALS ENGINEER

Holds a Master’s Degree in Material Science and Engineering with more than nine years of experience in interface and surfactant chemistry and biomaterials design.

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Casey Rieder

MBA
FRACTIONAL CFO

A passionate C-level executive with 15+ years experience and extensive experience working at the intersection of impact and finance, combining expert modeling with values-based financial strategy.

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Clara Isabel Mata Martínez

PhD
RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Holds a Master's Degree in Food Science and Technology. Multidisciplinary experience in food technology, molecular microbiology, crop diseases, postharvest technology, plant biochemistry and proteomics.

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Trenton Wilke

PhD
R&D ENGINEER

Curious, self-driven, and resourceful Chemical Engineer, with leadership and startup experience, who is willing to push the “technical envelope” to achieve results.