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Uma Valeti, MD

CEO & founder


Uma Valeti, MD, is the CEO and founder of Upside Foods, the pioneering cultivated meat company focused on growing meat, poultry and seafood directly from animal cells. With more than $600M raised to date from a coalition of investors including Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Cargill, Tyson Foods, and Whole Foods, Upside Foods became the first company globally to receive a green light from the FDA. Uma is a trained cardiologist and an adjunct professor in cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University.

“This entire field was in the realm of science fiction with a few academic labs doing small scale research. But in the span of 6 years to have people care about it, write about it, anticipate it, and invest in it, to the point where we can now release a product, it’s an incredible accomplishment for humanity.”

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