Team

Management Team

Jim Flatt, PhD

Co-founder and CEO

Biosciences R&D leader with track record of translating breakthrough discoveries and leading-edge technology into commercially successful products, including nutritional lipids at Martek Biosciences, renewable products at Synthetic Genomics, renewable biofuels at Mascoma and plant-based foods at Hampton Creek. MIT Chemical Engineer, University of Wisconsin PhD.

Sofia Elizondo

Co-founder and COO

Business leader with a track record of business model innovation working with consumer goods, pharmaceutical and technology companies. Former researcher at the BCG Henderson Institute and advisor to the United Nations. Launched, grew and managed multi-million dollar business lines in online and food technology venture-backed startups in Silicon Valley. Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA.

Lee Chae, PhD

Co-founder and CTO

Computational and molecular biologist R&D leader with a track record of designing cutting-edge discovery methodologies for biomedicine, synthetic biology, agricultural biotech and food technology. Principal scientist making multiple discoveries, including machine-learning driven identification of functional food proteins and computationally-driven screens for novel metabolic genes and nutritional bioactives in plants. UC Berkeley PhD, Stanford Carnegie Institute of Plant Biology. 

Carol Lynn Berseth, MD

SVP Medical and Scientific Affairs

Former Medical Director in Global Clinical Innovation at Mead Johnson. 15+ years clinical experience and academic research leadership at Mayo Clinic and Texas Children’s Hospital. Drove portfolio of over 60 global clinical trials to document safety and provide impactful messaging claims supporting over 200 global product launches. 

Advisors

Bernhard van Lengerich, PhD

Retired Chief Science Officer of General Mills, extensive track record in food technology strategy and innovation, author or co-author of over 150 patents. 2018/19 Chair of Feeding Tomorrow (non-for-profit organization of the Institute of Food Technology), Board Member for funds and food technology companies in US and Europe, Founder of Seeding The Future Foundation.

Valerio Nannini, M.S. Chem.

Former Senior Vice-President, head of Strategies and Performance at Nestlé global HQ, Valerio has an exhaustive understanding of disruptive technologies, digital environments, and their commercial applications. A respected driver of innovation, he has a track record of engaging with academia, accelerators, VCs and start-ups, as well as with major strategic partnerships and alliances, to accelerate growth.

John Paul SanGiovanni, ScD, MSc

Dr. John Paul SanGiovanni is a National Institutes of Health Chief Scientist at the Unit of Genetics of Nutritional Neuroscience in the Laboratory of Membrane Biophysics and Biochemistry at NIAAA. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology at Georgetown School of Medicine.

Fred Levine, MD, PhD

Professor and Director of Sanford Children’s Health Research Center at Burnham Institute for Medical Research. Research Professor at UC San Diego, with an active practice in pediatric genetics, specializing in biochemical genetics and inherited metabolic diseases, at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

Jed Fahey, ScD

Nutritional biochemist with extensive background in plant physiology, human nutrition, phytochemistry and nutritional biochemistry. Director of the Cullman Chemoprotection Center at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Broad biotechnology industry experience in agricultural biotechnology, plant cell culture, plant-microbe interactions, seed physiology, and related aspects of the biology of food crops.

Trent Northen, PhD

Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with an extensive background in metabolomics, metagenomics, environmental genomics, and systems biology. Director of High-Throughput Biochemistry at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, Metabolomics Lead at the Joint Genome Institute and Biotechnology Director ENIGMA SFA.

Peter Domaille, PhD

Widely published researcher with expertise in analytical quantitation and structure elucidation applied to industrial applications, including process chemistry, enzyme technology, natural products, and biofuels. Scientific leadership positions at Du Pont, Merck, Diversa, Synthetic Genomics, among others. Scientific advisor for the UC Berkeley Protein Structure Initiative and the RCSB Protein Data Bank.

Jason Ryder, PhD

Leader in product and process development, engineering design, scale up, and manufacturing in the industrial bioprocessing sector, with applications spanning sustainable chemicals, fuels, materials, and foods. R&D development leadership positions at Bolt Threads, Amyris, Miraculex.

David Keller

Former VP of Scientific Operations at Ganeden. Specialized in scientific consulting supporting companies in planning and executing IP, regulatory, due diligence and clinical trials, with a focus on food ingredients, food finished products, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.

Carolyn Fritz

Biotech entrepreneur with track record of building breakthrough technologies into successful businesses including nutritional/functional lipids at Cargill, flavors & fragrances and insect control products at Allylix, and biopolymers and contract manufacturing at Dow Chemical.  Board member and advisor to innovative companies in the synthetic biology, industrial biotech and food tech markets.

Investors