Management Team


Jim Flatt, PhD
Co-founder, CEO and President

Lee Chae, PhD
Co-founder and CTO

Sofia Elizondo, MBA
Co-founder and COO




Bernhard van Lengerich, PhD
Business Strategy Advisor

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.



Peter Domaille, PhD
Chemistry Advisor

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.

Fred Levine, MD, PhD
Medical Affairs Advisor

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
Nutrition Affairs Advisor

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
Process Development Advisor

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.