Born out of Ginkgo Bioworks, the global leader in bio-organism engineering, our vision is to fundamentally change our understanding of food and develop ingredients that don’t compromise between taste and food values. We are propelled by the idea that, using leading-edge science and technology, we can make delicious food simultaneously:
Yielding nutritional values on par with animal-based equivalents
Creating ingredients that are more efficient, more predictable and more cost effective, putting better foods within the reach of more people
Discovering animal-free alternatives that cause less strain on natural resources
Jonathan McIntyre Chief Executive Officer
Formerly Head of R&D at Indigo Agriculture, SVP R&D at PepsiCo, and SVP at DuPont- Solae, Jon has over 25 years in life sciences and consumer products. He’s an accomplished executive with broad experience leading technology teams, discovery & development scientists, culinary chefs, and commercial leaders. He has a passion for servant leadership, a track record of developing talent, and believes that biotechnology will propel the next food revolution through affordable, sustainable and accessible ingredients. Jon is a member of Motif’s Board of Directors.
Michele Fite Chief Commercial Officer
Formerly President of Kerry’s Dairy and Culinary segment, Michele brings nearly 30 years of diverse experience across food and consumer goods, including infant formula, weight management, sports nutrition, medical foods and dietary supplements. She has held leadership roles at a number of companies including DuPont, Solae and Nestle. Fite was the founding CEO at Cadena BioSciences, a start-up focused on gut microbiomes. Michele has deep, proven experience heading global strategy, planning, operations and P&L responsibility for multi-billion-dollar portfolios.
Michael Leonard Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Research and Development
Formerly VP and Head of R&D for White Space Innovation and Commercialization at Kraft Heinz, Mike brings over 16 years of industrial science and technology experience to lead Motif’s technical strategy and build out its R&D capabilities. Previously Mike was Vice President of Process Technology for Global Snacks R&D at PepsiCo and he held leadership roles in process and protein ingredient research, business development and strategy at IFF and DuPont Nutrition and Health. Mike has a proven track record leading global teams to deliver innovation across developing and emerging markets.
Janet Collins Head of Regulatory, Government & Industrial Affairs
Formerly Executive Vice President for Science and regulatory affairs at CropLife America, Dr. Collins, brings over 30 years of experience in food and biotechnology regulation to Motif FoodWorks. Prior to CropLife America, Dr. Collins was Director of Corporate Regulatory affairs at DuPont, and the Director of Global Advocacy and International Organizations at Monsanto. As the former President of the Institute of Food Technologists, Dr. Collins is a recognized leader in agricultural advocacy and regulatory affairs with a deep understanding of the U.S. meat and dairy industries.
Elizabeth King Vice President, People & Culture
Formerly HR lead at Capsule8 and Nuance Communications and previously Operations and HR at RSA and BMC software. Beth brings over 12 years of experience growing and cultivating strong corporate cultures across a mix of technology and R&D organizations. Beth has proven ability to operate at scale, having supported 600+ person teams, as well as operating from the ground up, having developed and scaled entirely new HR infrastructures. Beth brings hands-on operations experience and a practical approach to attracting and growing teams to be successful.
Dr. Jason Kelly
Dr. Jason Kelly is Co-Founder and CEO of Ginkgo Bioworks. Ginkgo is a synthetic biology company that programs cells for customers in the chemical, pharmaceutical, food and energy industries. The company recently raised over $430M to expand their automated genetic engineering foundries. They have a $100M joint venture with Bayer to develop microbes for self-fertilizing crops, a $160M partnership with Roche to develop antibiotics and with Motif for making animal-free protein ingredients. Prior to Ginkgo, Jason received B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biology and a PhD in Biological Engineering all from MIT.
Jason Kakoyiannis focuses on corporate development at Ginkgo Bioworks where he helps catalyze new operating companies like Motif. Prior to joining Ginkgo, Jason held strategic growth roles at Givaudan developing global products and brands with Unilever, Natura, Estée Lauder, and others. He began his career as an M&A attorney at Shearman & Sterling in public company transactions and takeover defense. He was a curatorial fellow at the Whitney Museum of Art and currently advises several biotech startups. Jason received his BA from Brown University, MA from Yale, and JD from USC.
Chris Rivest is a partner at Breakthrough Energy Ventures working with innovative food and agriculture companies that have the potential to significantly improve the sustainability and profitability of the global food system. Chris has 15 years of experience across multiple biotech and technology startups in a wide variety of fields. Chris has founded three companies, served in a multitude of executive roles (CEO, COO, Board Director, VP Business Development, Head of R&D), and raised more than $70 million in venture capital. Chris received his Bachelors of Science from MIT in Mechanical Engineering.