Ryan Bethencourt plays with the substance of ‘us’ – our DNA – through marrying biotechnology advancements with successful business models. Just don’t accuse him of playing God.

“I am playing God as much as any computer programmer does or mechanic or engineer who builds planes, makes us fly in the sky when we don’t have wings. Humanity builds technology and I’m just another builder just like everyone else.”

► We asked Ryan why biotech scares us.

As Venture Partner and Program Director at IndieBio, the world’s first startup accelerator for synthetic biology, the scientist has invested in no less than 56 early stage startups – because he believes that biotech can feed, house and heal.

Video produced by Atlas of the Future for Project Breakthrough (United Nations Global Compact/ Volans). Check out our other breakthrough videos here.