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Ryan Rapp

Operating Partner

Ryan Rapp joined Flagship in 2023 as an Operating Partner.

Ryan is an experienced leader in Ag-Biotech and has bridged the gap between research and commercial application throughout his career. Before joining Flagship, he served as Chief Technology Officer at Pairwise, responsible for company-wide R&D strategy and execution as the company advanced its research portfolio to deliver biotech charged consumer food products.

Prior to his time at Pairwise, Ryan was Associate Director of Agricultural Genomics at Illumina responsible for R&D direction, product marketing, product management, and market development for the company’s agriculture work. Ryan started his career at Monsanto where he held several roles. Over the course of his tenure, he was responsible for technical assessment of investment opportunities for the biologicals R&D program, driving implementation of a new genetics discovery framework in maize, applying quantitative genetics to advance understanding of the genetic interactions of yield relevant phenotypes, and creating Monsanto’s first high-density genotyping chip.

Ryan has a Ph.D. in Genetics from Iowa State University and a B.S. in Plant Science from Cornell University. He is the author of several published patents and papers.