The world is hungry for better plant-based foods

Our vision
We want to unleash the promise of plant-based foods by helping to make them better tasting, more nutritious and so desirable that people actually crave them.

We have assembled an unrivaled team of experts from the food industry and world-class science and academic institutions.

We are creatively aggregating proprietary insights, cutting edge science and an exclusive network of partnerships to holistically unlock the secret building blocks of food to rewrite today’s food design rules.

We integrate and apply cutting-edge technology focused on closing the biggest gaps and solving the challenges of today’s offerings.

We are driven by a deep love for and knowledge of food coupled with a dedication to grow the world’s passion for plant-based foods with limitless options.


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.

Board members

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

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

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.

Our new office

Motif FoodWorks Office Update - after 6 months of design and planning we have all our permits and construction work has begun on our new 10,600 square foot office space in Boston Seaport's Innovation and Design Building. This brand new space will be home to our growing team and house our state-of-the-art culinary and laboratory facilities. We are excited to see demolition now complete and the build out begin.

More news soon - For more information on how to join the team at Motif click here