Impossible Foods Founder Shares Vision on Sustainability at Polsky

Entrepreneur Patrick O'Reilly Brown spoke at the Polsky Center on October 19 to discuss the future of food, his company Impossible Foods and shared his goal to produce substitutes for all animal products on the market by 2035. Sabina Shaikh, director of Program on the Global Environment, moderated the event.


Entrepreneur Patrick O’Reilly Brown (A.B. ’76, Ph.D. ’80, M.D. ’82) spoke at the Polsky Center last Thursday about the future of food. Brown's company Impossible Foods is known for producing “veggie burgers that bleed” and aims to produce substitutes for all animal products on the market by 2035.

Sabina Shaikh, director of the Program on Global Environment at UChicago, moderated the event, which was followed by an Impossible Burger audience tasting. The event was part of the Frizzell Family Speaker and Learning Series, co-sponsored and hosted by the Polsky Center, and also co-sponsored by UChicago Medicine.

Impossible Foods was founded in 2011, and has since received almost $300 million of funding. Among its notable investors are Bill Gates, Li Ka-shing, Khosla Venture, and GV (formerly Google Ventures).

Brown spent the majority of his education at the University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree (’76), Ph.D. in biochemistry (’80), and medical degree (’82).

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