A different kind
of food technology
company

The world is hungry for plant-based foods

That's why we're reinventing the way science is applied to make plant-based foods
better tasting, more nutritious and more sustainable.

LINEUniquely designed

Unlike other food and ingredient companies, we're built to bring the outside in. We’re a lean, nimble organization with seasoned professionals who have lived and led food businesses, along with science and technology experts who have renovated, innovated and designed leading-edge solutions. Together, we curate and connect with world-class scientists, universities, partners and technology platforms.

People
We've assembled an unrivaled team of experts from the food industry and world-class science and academic institutions.
Technology
We integrate and apply cutting-edge technology focused on closing the biggest gaps and solving the food innovation challenges of today and tomorrow.
Process
We're creatively aggregating proprietary insights and an exclusive network of partnerships to holistically unlock the secret building blocks of food to rewrite today's food design rules.

LINELeadership

Michael Leonard Chief Executive Officer Read Bio
Mike Leonard brings nearly two decades of experience in senior industrial science and technology roles in the specialty food ingredient and fast-moving consumer goods industries, with an emphasis on combining innovation, commercial execution, and organization-wide collaboration to deliver business results across developed and emerging markets. He served as Motif’s Chief Technology Officer from 2019 to 2022, where he developed the company’s technical strategy, built its R&D capabilities and delivered its first products. Prior to joining Motif, Mike served as VP of White Space Innovation and Springboard R&D at Kraft Heinz, where he led product, packaging and process development strategy and execution for emerging growth platforms across all categories of the business. Previously, he was VP of Process Technology for Global Snacks R&D at PepsiCo, in addition to serving in leadership roles at DuPont Nutrition & Health and International Flavors & Fragrances in process and protein ingredient research, business development and strategy. He holds a PhD in Polymer Science & Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a BS in Chemistry from Roanoke College. He is a member of the Motif Board of Directors.
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Saloni Varma Chief Financial Officer Read Bio
Saloni Varma brings 20+ years of diverse experience in strategic and operational finance to her role at Motif and currently also serves as the Chair of the Audit committee at Thorne Healthtech. She was formerly the CFO of ByHeart and prior to that she held leadership roles at various purpose-driven brands like Chobani, Dove, and Talenti, focusing on budgeting, forecasting, and execution on strategic opportunities. Saloni has also worked in investment banking in New York and Tokyo at UBS and began her career in accounting at KPMG in India. Saloni has a Masters in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School, a Masters of Accounting from University of Mumbai and is a a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India .
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Elizabeth King SVP People & Culture Read Bio
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.
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LINELatest news

Boston Globe
Boston startup Motif to start selling plant-based meat alternatives
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Food Dive
Motif FoodWorks launches plant-based meat products
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Forbes
How New Technology Is Making Plant-Based Foods Taste And Look Better
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