Elliot Roth

​Elliot Roth is the founder of Spira, a company that creates devices to grow microalgae as a protein ingredient. After being trained as a University Innovation Fellow at the Stanford d.School, he started multiple entrepreneurial projects including the DIYbio lab Indie Lab, and a number of science startups, through which he has raised over $300,000. He has worked to catalyze community science labs in the Virginia area, and is working on starting his second lab in DC. Elliot graduated Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering; he spent five years consulting in product design and business strategy before starting Spira. He is a Kairos Fellow, a Seasteading Ambassador, and sits on the Virginia Governor’s Council for Youth Entrepreneurship. Elliot has spoken at Synbiobeta, SXSW, and Thought for Food on social impact, synthetic biology and food. Spira was chosen for the RebelBio, Lighthouse Labs, and the World Food Programme accelerator programs, and is the winner of the CommBeBiz award and Halcyon Fellowship. He is incredibly motivated to solve physiological needs using simple biological design.​