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Bill Gates, of IT Renown, says Biotechnology is Critical to our Survival

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

In his annual letter for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Microsoft founder and Foundation co-chair, explained how he believes biotechnology holds the key for the survival of our society. This piqued my interest knowing that Bill Gates made his vast fortune growing and cultivating the IT industry.  He emphasized a couple points in the letter that really hit home for us at TransGenada:

  1. Population growth over the last couple centuries has exploded.
  2. Using biotech to innovate how we grow food is a key contributing technology for our long term survival.
  3. Fiscal support for this research isn’t enough.

For anyone who attended our Official Unveiling Event, points 1-3 should sound very familiar. In our presentation, we looked at a couple graphs showing the human population — how it rises and falls after periods of technological innovation and outbreak (respectively) and specifically we looked at how over the last 200 years, our population skyrocketed from one to seven billion people. The next graph shows our projected population growth in the next thirty years with an expected two billion additional people(see the image below). We also examined some of the ways our scientific research can be used for real world solutions. Already there are companies creating crops that are drought resistant or salmon that grow twice as fast!

Human Population Growth - Graph shows Recent and Projected population growth Data

Human Population Growth - Recent and Projected Data

The final point, Mr. Gates talks about, is one that I’d like to look at a bit more closely. Consider the fact that Gates at his core is an entrepreneur and his foundation is a humanitarian effort that has spent over $2 billion dollars fighting poverty and world hunger. Considering this and as someone rooted in business but with a big heart, I love that he isn’t asking for simple donations–no! He’s asking for a different sort of commitment. One that is both self-serving and meanwhile humanitarian.

Just the idea of this gives me chills. For so much of my life I’ve questioned how effective our hunger relief efforts have been. But now, that beauty-pageant-want-to-help-world-hunger pipe-dream isn’t as unobtainable in my mind. Thanks Mr. Gates.  I think it’s fair to say we see eye-to-eye.

For anyone interested in looking at a summary, I liked Logan Hawkes’ take on Gates’ letter on The Western Farm Press’ website.

Great Success: TransGenada’s Official Unveiling Event!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

TransGenada would like to thank all of our attendees and stream viewers for making our Official Unveiling Event a great success! With over 40 in attendance at Sky Song and virtually via the event far exceeded our expectations! Getting feedback was particularly helpful and we wanted to thank all everyone that asked questions and shared their wisdom!

For anyone that may have missed the presentation, it will be available here  using the provided access code.

Remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates!

Here are some pictures from the event:

Dr. Jeremy Ellis, Ph.D. Speaking at ASU Skysong

Jeremy Ellis, Ph.D.

TransGenada Unveiling Event Attendees|Full conference room with smiling people

A few of the Unveiling Event Attendees

Andrew Ripley at TransGenada's official Unveiling Event|Mic Check

Sound Check #4, we are live!

Dr. Jeremy Ellis of TransGenada showing a slide of a giant-sized shrimp

Dr. Ellis, talking about what TransGenada won't be doing...

Andrew Ripley of TransGenada showing a slide of TransGenada's inception

Andrew Ripley talking about the origins of TransGenada

James D. Ripley toasting to TransGenada's beginning|Man in yellow shirt with champagne

A toast to TransGenada! All great journeys have a great beginning!

TransGenada Unveiling Event, November 19th at SkySong: ASU

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

TransGenada would like to formally announce our November 19th, official unveiling event! All the information is below. Please feel free to check this page as we get closer to the event for additional information.


This event is by invitation only. If you are reading this, you have most likely received an email from us asking you to come. If not and you are interested, please contact us. A signed NDA and a ticket number are required to attend or view online. Please contact us if you have not received an email and wish to attend. Spouses and significant others are encouraged but please keep in mind that they will also need to sign our NDA (see below).


TransGenada’s official unveiling event.

Where (2 options):

1. In person at…

Alliance Room #365
Arizona State University SkySong Center
1475 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale AZ 85257
480-884-1860 / 480-884-1888

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2. Virtually at (Videos on demand will be made available afterwards)

(This may be viewed through most browsers and mobile apps are available from Please login a few minutes prior as our channel may automatically play a commercial beforehand. You will be prompted to enter an access code. This will be made available to you once we have received a signed NDA so please make sure to have this faxed (909-912-8286) or emailed ( to us at least 48 hours prior. VOD links will be emailed out after the meeting and DVD copies can be made available by request.)

Online viewers may interact during the Q&A portion by phone, (480) 7190-DNA, or by chat (create a Justin.TV account to IM questions through Chat).

When: Saturday November 19th, 5:00 MST (UTC/GMT -7 hours).

Live attendees please arrive 15 minutes early with completed NDA. Virtual attendees, please send NDAs via  fax (909-912-8286) or via email to at least 48 hours prior.

Non-Discolsure Agreement: A copy of our standard NDA agreement is available online.  It may be downloaded here.  Be advised that all attendees, virtual or live, must have a signed NDA as some of our presentation will include sensitive intellectual property and trade secret information. Please note, for virtual viewers, you will need to make sure anyone watching with you has also signed the NDA.

Why (Abridged): The purpose of this event is to share what TransGenada is about with friends and family.

Why (Unabridged):

The idea behind this event is threefold. First, we want to simply officially unveil and launch TransGenada. Secondly, we want to crowd source our business idea to our closest circle of friends and family, drawing on their collective experience and knowledge to help improve our company vision, anticipate issues, and consider additional view points. Ultimately, we are excited to share what we have been working on. We believe that this company represents an important advance that directly addresses a global issue we are facing today and we hope after our presentation you will think the same.

The presentation will be approximately 45 minutes in length with time for questions and discussion afterwards.

We would love each of you to attend and provide feedback.  We will be unable to accept investments at this time due to tax reasons, State, and Federal Securities and Exchange Commission regulations.

Please make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates!