Sept. 29, 2020

141: (Bio)Engineering success - Zack Abbott, founder CEO - ZBiotics

141: (Bio)Engineering success - Zack Abbott, founder CEO - ZBiotics

In this episode, we talk to founder and CEO, Zack Abbott, about the rise of Synthetic Biology, his company, ZBiotics, and their work to build a probiotic product that can solve real human needs.

Zack hopes to reverse the misinformation and lack of understanding that have contributed to the negative public perception of GMOs


Zack Abbott CEO and co-founder of ZBiotics, a company developing bioengineered probiotics founded in 2016. ZBiotics' product, which breaks down an unwanted byproduct of alcohol, is the first in a line of products ZBiotics is creating to help consumers actively engage in healthier lives. Beyond alcohol, ZBiotics is working on other engineered probiotics that will give the body new biological functions: everything from helping the body resist environmental toxins and infection (e.g., lead-contaminated water, radiation) to producing useful and health-promoting nutrients (e.g., fiber, high-quality protein). By building genetically engineered products that solve real human needs, he hopes to reverse the misinformation and lack of understanding that has contributed to the negative public perception of GMOs. Zack has a PhD in microbiology & immunology from the University of Michigan, where he enjoyed his research untangling complex and elegant webs of bacterial gene regulation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, where he double-majored in immunology and classical art & archaeology Zack and ZBiotics Connect with Zack on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/zaabbott/) Zbiotics (https://zbiotics.com/) ABOUT THE HOST My name is Sam Harris. I am a British entrepreneur, investor and explorer. From hitchhiking across Kazakstan to programming AI doctors I am always pushing myself in the spirit of curiosity and Growth. My background is in Biology and Psychology with a passion for improving the world and human behaviour. I have built and sold companies from an early age and love coming up with unique ways to make life more enjoyable and meaningful. Sam: Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/samjamsnaps/) Quora (https://www.quora.com/profile/Sam-Harris-58) Twitter (https://twitter.com/samharristweets) LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharris48/) Sam's blog - SamWebsterHarris.com (https://samwebsterharris.com/) Support the Show - Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/growthmindset) Top Tip The right mentor can deliver huge advantages to your career Many entrepreneurs give up during the low times. Having a mentor who can re-inspire and motivate you is crucial. The right mentor can help you, quite literally, grow your business. Anyone can accelerate their learning curve by learning from a mentor's experiences, This could save you time and money and help you avoid mistakes. Another value mentors can provide is their relationships. An advisor may be able to introduce you to vendors, clients, and other resources. Mentoring relationships are win-wins for both participants. Make sure to reach out proactively and speak in a straightforward way. Schedule regular calls and sessions. And be sure to circle back with your mentor to share what resulted from his or her coaching. There may be hidden perks like improved habits. Syncify An app that lets you be social at a distance. Listen to your favourite podcasts and books together with friends and groups. Chat about the audio experiences as you share and learn from other users' perspectives. Commit to taking actions by sharing your ideas. To learn more, visit (www.syncify.fm) Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Zack Abbott.

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