Patrick O. Brown is CEO and founder of Impossible Foods, a company at the forefront of making nutritious, delicious meat and dairy products from plants to satisfy meat lovers and address the environmental impact of animal farming. The idea for Impossible Foods came to Brown while he was on sabbatical from his position as an HHM investigator and professor of biochemistry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In reflecting on how he could use his training and experience to make the largest positive impact on the world, he realized there was a way to make delicious, affordable meat and dairy products, directly from plants – that would be better for the environment and for consumers.
In 2011, Brown chose to devote himself full time to Impossible Foods. After receiving his BA, MD and PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Chicago, Brown completed residency in pediatrics at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital.
Brown is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and recipient of the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor. He is also the co-founder of Lyrical Foods, Inc., maker of Kite Hill artisanal nut milk-based cheeses and yogurts.