Ryan Philippe

Genome Canada


Dr. Ryan Philippe is committed to advancing the development of the sustainable and circular bioeconomy to address the impacts of climate change and promote a more equitable and stable society. He has 14 years of experience in strategic development and biotechnology in academia, private research, and industry. He currently serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives at Genome Canada, focused on developing the national innovation ecosystem and addressing national and global challenges through impact-driven investments.  


He spent 8 years with Manus Bio, building a start-up in the precision fermentation industry and innovating novel product solutions with applications in agriculture and crop protection, advanced materials, food ingredients, natural products, and nutraceuticals. He started in the lab and developed the platform for the production of a rare natural sweetener with a $B market. During his tenure at Manus Bio, he evolved into the role of Director of Innovation and Partnerships where he diversified the product pipeline, invented and patented new technologies, and developed strategic research and business partnerships in the food, food ingredients and agrochemicals sectors.  


He obtained his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and completed post-doctoral studies at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego. His academic research focused on understanding how nature generates the wealth of natural products that humans benefit from in health, food, agriculture, and materials industries – and then using that knowledge to improve on nature. His work has been published in Nature and Science and has been cited over 5,500 times, and he holds 15 patents on a variety of technology platforms.