Allison Berke is the Director of Advanced Technology for California 100 (california100.org) at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, where she leads work on technology policy and the long-term development of California’s tech economy. She previously directed the Weill Neurohub and Stanford’s Cyber Initiative, and has taught courses on technology and science policy, computer science and ethics, and protein engineering at Stanford and Duke. Prior to academia, Allison was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. and worked with the Good Food Institute for several years to develop academic collaborations and courses in alternative proteins. She received her PhD in bioengineering from UC-Berkeley, and BS degrees from MIT in biology and mathematics.
Amino acids are essential but costly inputs for large-scale bioproduction. Federal funding can incentivize scalable production, cutting these costs in half.