Meet The Team

Charlie Silver

CEO and co-founder

CEO/co-founder Charlie Silver is a multi-time entrepreneur with broad experience across industries. Most recently, he co-founded Mission Bio and built the company to global scale and widespread adoption after raising >$120M for commercialization and growth. Earlier he led product and technology at Novelx (A:NYSE), Agilent, and Glimmerglass Networks, as well as Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and NASA/Goddard. Charlie received a joint MBA from UC Berkeley and Columbia University, an MS in physics from UW-Madison, and a joint BA in astrophysics and philosophy from Columbia University.

In his spare time you’ll find him reading history or fly fishing for striped bass on the Sacramento delta.

Pavan Kambam, Ph.D.

CTO and co-founder

Pavan has led biosynthesis development & scale-up at 6 different start-ups in specialty chemicals, biofuels, and foods, including Greenlight (NASDAQ: GRNA), Clara Foods, and Eat Just. Pavan built and launched Just’s cultured chicken production technology, resulting in the first worldwide regulatory approval in the category. Pavan holds an MBA from UMass-Amherst, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from UMass-Amherst, and a Bachelors in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology at Madras.

In his spare time you’ll find him playing guitar or hiking.

Morgan Loflin

Sr. Director of Business Development

Morgan Loflin brings a customer-focused toolbox of knowledge and experience to drive growth by leading Business Development.  Morgan has deep strategic roots across Household Care, Personal Care, and HI&I from various vantage points. She has a history of enabling her network of sustainability-focused product development formulators to understand and leverage biotechnology-based solutions. Her past experiences have taken her from key roles in sales for Novozymes and BASF to product development leadership at Ecolab. Morgan has a BS in Chemistry from The Ohio State University and an Executive MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.  

Interested in diversity, culture, and globalization, Morgan likes to work and often takes classes in other countries to build better bridges of understanding.

Ana Echaniz

Sr. Director of Bioprocessing

Ana is passionate about engineering solutions that support a more sustainable human existence. She has spent the majority of her career working at biotechnology companies like Solazyme and Bolt Threads exploring bio-derived alternatives for fuels, specialty chemicals, and materials. Ana specializes in process development and scale up and has seen half a dozen products go to market. Ana holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

When she's not working, she enjoys observing nature and practicing martial arts with her kids.

Denis Ontumi

Director of Product

Denis is a results-driven leader with extensive experience building and leading R&D innovation and commercialization strategies for global consumer-focused companies, with a track record of leveraging innovation to deliver strategic business value. As a seasoned formulation expert Denis has successfully development and executed innovation strategies in oral care, home care and air care. Prior to Ruby Bio he held roles at BASF as the regional technical support manager for care creations, at Colgate as the key formulator of tooth whitening and other technologies, and most recently at SC Johnson-Lifestyle Brands as the director of innovation. Denis holds an MS in molecular biology from Montclair State University.

In his spare time Denis enjoys traveling and has visited more than 20 countries and counting.

Colin S. Maxwell, PhD

Sr. Scientist, Strain Engineering

Colin is a biologist with a background spanning bioinformatics and synthetic biology. His last role was at Zymergen, where he developed methods for automated microbial genome editing, and improved strains producing bio-advantaged molecules using metabolic engineering. Colin holds a PhD in Biology from Duke University, and a BS in Mathematics and Environmental Science from the University of Oregon.

In his spare time Colin enjoys hiking and reading about biology.