Brightseed Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum, Announces Phytonutrient Discovery with Potential to Improve Metabolic Health

Brightseed’s artificial intelligence is ushering in a new era of discovery and precision nutrition.

  • The World Economic Forum announced its selection of 100 of the most promising Technology Pioneers of 2020, who are shaping industries from agriculture to healthcare while also solving for sustainability and other challenges.
  • Brightseed, a biosciences company and developer of the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) that connects phytonutrients to human health outcomes, received this designation for its contributions in the field of nutrition and health.
  • Brightseed’s first discovery has the potential to improve metabolic and liver health which may impact roughly 40% of the global population.

SAN FRANCISCO, 16 June, 2020Brightseed, a biosciences company and developer of the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) to discover phytonutrients with high potential health impact, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Technology Pioneers.

Phytonutrients are tiny molecules found in plants that promote human health, including anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective and neuroprotective activities. Although plant-rich diets are linked to improved health, and many drugs are derived from these natural molecules, less than 1%  of the world’s phytonutrients have been identified. Brightseed’s AI has already quadrupled the world’s coverage of phytonutrients and is on track to shorten the time of exploration from 50,000 to five years. In addition to accelerating phytonutrient discovery, Brightseed’s AI is widely applicable for providing detailed nutrition profiles, analyzing existing supply chains and waste streams, and identifying natural alternatives to synthetics for its partners in the agriculture, food, and wellness industries.  

“The recognition of Brightseed as a World Economic Forum tech pioneer is an incredible honor and we are proud to be a part of this active community of global innovators reimagining systems for change,” said Brightseed’s Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Jim Flatt. “Brightseed looks to nature for answers that already exist and empowers people with a much deeper understanding of how diet impacts health. Our technology allows for radical transparency, at the molecular level, into the hidden benefits of plants. Ultimately, we partner with mission-aligned consumer food and health companies to bring discoveries to market, from farm to shelf.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Brightseed to our 20th cohort of Technology Pioneers,” says Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. Brightseed and its fellow pioneers are developing cutting edge technologies all over the world. Beyond their innovations, these firms are contributing greatly to improving the state of the world.”

The award comes at a pivotal moment for Brightseed, who just announced its first major scientific discovery – a powerful phytonutrient with the potential to support metabolic and liver health, whose benefits were previously unknown. It could have profound implications for the two billion people worldwide who have or are at risk for chronic metabolic conditions including diabetes, weight management, and fatty liver disease. 

Brightseed’s discovery comes at a time where concern over metabolic health is front page news. After conducting research on COVID pathology in patients, an international panel of experts in diabetes and endocrinology published a report in The Lancet shining a spotlight on metabolic health as a global health imperative. The panel of experts concluded, “with COVID-19, we have not just been fighting communicable diseases alone but also a growing backdrop of non-communicable diseases (NCDs; such as diabetes and obesity) that have needlessly raised the death toll.” 

Following its selection as Technology Pioneer, Dr. Flatt will be invited to participate at World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year. Brightseed will also contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years, working with policymakers and private sector leaders to help define the global agenda on key issues. 

2020 Tech Pioneer firms are shaping the future by advancing technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology and many more. The diversity of these companies extends to their leadership as well, as over 25% of 2020 Tech Pioneers are female-led. The firms also come from regions all around the world, extending their community far beyond Silicon Valley. The full list of Technology Pioneers can be found here. 

All info on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here: 

More information on past winners, information on the community and the application link can be found here


Brightseed is on a mission to unlock the intelligence of the natural world to power human health and wellness. Despite centuries of wisdom proving the nutritional role that plants play in our diets, the vast majority of phytonutrients in the plant kingdom remain unexplored. Brightseed’s proprietary AI discovers nutrients and the team validates their impact so they can be used to support the body’s natural defenses. World-leading companies are partnering with Brightseed to commercialize proprietary discoveries, and the company is on track to become an indispensable innovation engine for the agriculture, food, and wellness industries. Organizations interested in Brightseed can connect with the company by reaching out to

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The Global Innovators Community is a group of the world’s most promising start-ups and scale-ups that are at the forefront of technological and business model innovation. The World Economic Forum provides the Global Innovators Community with a platform to engage with public- and private-sector leaders and to contribute new solutions to overcome current crises and build future resiliency.

Companies who are invited to become Global Innovators will engage with one or more of the Forum’s Platforms, as relevant, to help define the global agenda on key issues.