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The Future of Health is Food


Today’s food system is linked to a global epidemic of chronic disease. 

Calorie-dense but nutrient-poor food is now a global phenomenon. Two billion people worldwide are overweight or obese, which is almost two and a half times the number of people who are undernourished.

Chronic disease burdens families
and healthcare systems.

More than 75% of US healthcare dollars are spent on adults with preventable chronic conditions. Obesity's global economic impact amounts to $2 trillion a year, nearly equivalent to the impact of smoking.

Brightseed transforms food into a clinically proven source of health.

Brightseed discovers plant-based nutritional bioactives and incorporates them into everyday food products. By restoring nutrients that have been lost in our modern diet, Brightseed strengthens the body's inherent ability to maintain good health.

Thought Leadership

Co-founder Jim Flatt speaks at

Future Food Tech: Delivering on the Promise of Nutritious, Sustainable & Trusted Food


Co-founder Sofia Elizondo speaks at

Silicon Valley Forum:
Future of Food in Biotech

Co-founder Lee Chae speaks at

International Life Science Institute: Personalised Nutrition using Big Data and Computation


Co-founder Lee Chae speaks at

World Artificial Intelligence Conference:
AI for Health

Management Team


Jim Flatt, PhD
Co-founder, CEO and President

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 food technology at Hampton Creek. MIT Chemical Engineer, University of Wisconsin PhD.


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.

Sofia Elizondo, MBA
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.


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.




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.



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.


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.

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Valerio Nannini, MBA, M.S. Chem.

Former Senior Vice President, Head of Strategies and Performance at Nestlé, Nannini led varios innovation projects such as Nestlé´s digital nutrition project, as well as it´s R&D internal executive education programme that promotes entrepreneurial thinking. He helped build, establish, and re-organize several Nestlé units across various Technical, Supply Chain and R&D functions.


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.


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.


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.


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.


David Keller, MBA 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.





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Brightseed was founded with the mission to naturally restore health through food. We are looking for the best chemists, genome scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, nutritionists, process engineers and product developers to join our mission.