Thanks to the discovery and industrialisation of ADAM, Ryan Industries thrived in BioShock’s underwater city, Rapture, by offering ordinary Joes and Janes the chance to be extraordinary. How? By selling Plasmids. You know how Plasmids work--they offer super-human abilities that range from basic telekinesis to shooting swarms of angry bees from your bare hands. We're not entirely sure what the everyday, domestic use of killer bees is, but hey ho.
Founded by Andrew Ryan, Ryan Industries employed brilliant scientists like Brigid Tenenbaum to harness the potential of ADAM for commercial use. This spun off other products within the BioShock universe, such as Vita Chambers and Tonics. Inevitably, Ryan’s commercial success lead to a bitter war with rival Frank Fontaine, which ruined the entire city on New Year’s Eve, 1959.