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Ryan Phelan

Executive director, co-founder
Ryan Phelan is a serial entrepreneur active in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. She is the Executive Director of Revive & Restore, with a mission to enhance biodiversity through the genetic rescue of endangered and extinct species. Ryan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Personal Genome Project, which aims to sequence and publicize the complete genomes and medical records of 100,000 volunteers, in order to enable research into personalized medicine.

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In 2005 Phelan launched DNA Direct, the first medical genetics company to focus on bringing personalized medicine to the consumer market. The company was acquired in 2010 by Medco Health Solutions (with over 55 million Medco members) to provide pharmacogenetic testing services and clinical support focused on drug/gene interactions. In 2001 she was co-founder and director of the ALL Species Foundation, a global science initiative to discover all life on Earth in 25 years. It led to the online Encyclopedia of Life, which so far has collected web pages on 925,000 species. In 1995 she founded Direct Medical Knowledge—a consumer health web site unique for its content depth and innovative search interface that was acquired by WebMD in 1999. DMK’s content became the backbone of WebMD’s consumer health site.


Stewart Brand

President, The Long Now Foundation

Stewart Brand is co-founder of Global Business Network, president of The Long Now Foundation, and co-founder of Revive & Restore. He created and edited the Whole Earth Catalog (National Book Award), and co-founded the Hackers Conference and The WELL. His books include The Clock of the Long Now; How Buildings Learn; and The Media Lab. His recent book, titled Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto, is published by Penguin in the US and Atlantic in the UK. He graduated in Biology from Stanford and served as an Infantry officer.

bennovakBWBen Novak
Research and Science Consultant
Ben Novak graduated from Montana State University studying Ecology and Evolution. Novak specialized in paleontology, genetics, ecology and ornithology and has been part of an assortment of projects involving identifying diagnostic SNPs in trout populations, genetic diversity in prairie tiger salamanders, and analysis of biomolecules and bacteria found in dinosaur fossils. Novak finally broke into his desired field of paleogenomics when he studied at the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre, under Dr. Hendrik Poinar, exploring DNA extraction and sequencing of Mastodon fossils.
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Passenger pigeons and the possibility of de-extinction within the columbid family has been his life-long passion, and he has pursued work with the species for the past six years. Ben’s interests for the project include producing a database of extinct species information and genomes, using genetic mapping to calculate the needed process for de-extinction, and supplying this data for research groups around the world to produce as much pertaining knowledge as possible.


Perry Hall

Project Coordinator
Perry joined Revive & Restore in July of 02013 as Project Coordinator. Prior to working with our team, Perry was Volunteer and Program Coordinator at the UC Botanical Garden where she led docent training sessions and coordinated fund-raising and educational events.



Institutional Collaborators

(Contributions of $100K or more,
listed in order received.)

Founding Funders
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listed in order received.)