Tim Gardner is the Founder and the CEO of Riffyn. He also serves as an advisor to the European Union Scientific Committees and the Boston University Engineering Alumni Advisory Board. He was previously Vice President of Research & Development at Amyris, where he led the engineering of yeast strain and processes technology for large-scale (1.2 million liter) bio-manufacturing of renewable chemicals. He was also an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, the Founder of Cellicon Biotechnologies, and a Programmer at ALK Associates. Tim has been recognized for his pioneering work in Synthetic Biology by Scientific American, the New Scientist, Nature, Technology Review, and the New York Times. He holds BS in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University. Tim enjoys hockey, running, mountain biking, and being beaten by his 6 and 8 year-old sons in almost everything.