Dariush Ajami, Ph.D., is Chief Innovation Officer at Beyond Meat, a company that aims to perfectly replace animal meat with plant meat. Dariush leads creative research, development and process teams from ideation to scaleup processes in the creation of new plant-based meats.
At Beyond Meat, our belief is that there is a better way to feed the planet by replacing animal protein with plant protein in food. We are dedicated to improving human health, positively impacting climate change, conserving natural resources and respecting animal welfare. Our mission is to make the world a better place and we’re starting one delicious plant-based meal at a time.
Prior to joining Beyond Meat, Dariush was Assistant Professor of Molecular Assembly at the Scripps Research Institute and the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, where he worked on fundamentals of molecular assembly, natural products and their applications in drug discovery. Dr. Ajami has published over 150 scientific publications, several book chapters and has given lectures at universities and research institutes in the United States and internationally. He is a strong advocate that scientific and technical innovations can effect major changes in food and society that can be accomplished using all natural, plant-based foods.