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Thomas Jonas

Chief Executive Officer

Thomas believes in asking the big questions but also in finding new and different solutions. When a chance encounter on the beach in Hawaii led Thomas to a lab in Montana where he met Mark, he saw infinite possibilities in the tiny microscopic organism. When others often ask why, Thomas’ curiosity drives him to ask, why not and what if? Why not use the nutritional power of Fy to positively impact the environment and disrupt the food industry? What if Fy could feed people today and for generations to come? And as a former officer in the French Air Force, Thomas knows that even the sky is not the limit.
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Dr. Mark Kozubal

Chief Science Officer

Mark loves exploring science to find groundbreaking ways to benefit mankind. True to his curious nature, he journeyed to Yellowstone National Park and later discovered an extremophile microbe in samples taken from the hot springs. This microbe eventually grew to become our nutritional fungi protein, Fy. As a leading expert in extremophile organisms, it’s no surprise that his deep knowledge has led NASA, the National Science Foundation, the USDA, and the EPA to seek him out. When Mark isn’t researching extremophiles, he likes to mountain bike, backcountry ski, and strum guitar.
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Matthew Strongin

Chief Financial Officer

Matthew is passionate about leveraging technology to deliver a sustained impact on the planet and our society. This enthusiasm led him to Nature’s Fynd after working in venture capital and banking. As a venture investor in early-stage companies focused on agriculture and energy, Matthew experienced firsthand the struggles and rewards of commercializing technologies that both challenge convention and create sustainable solutions that disrupt the food industry in a positive way. He enjoys building towards audacious goals using his innovative spirit— just ask him about completely remodeling his home in his spare time.
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Karuna Rawal

Chief Marketing Officer

As a marketer with award-winning international success, Karuna was ready for the challenge of building a purpose-driven brand from the ground up. That brand? Nature’s Fynd. Karuna’s broad experience in launching new food innovations combined with an intentional focus on how we can create a better food system led her to this position. Building on the company’s unique origins, Karuna is crafting a compelling narrative for Nature’s Fynd. And her own enthusiasm for food extends beyond her kitchen to seeking out amazing tasting vegan food. So if you’re in Chicago, ask her to share a favorite recipe or restaurant she last visited for a flawless recommendation.
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Jim Millis

Chief Technology Officer

Jim’s belief is simple: live modestly and leave the world in a better place than you found it. He does this by preparing food from his own garden and through his work at Nature’s Fynd. With over thirty years of working as an entrepreneurial leader and his expertise in fermentation technology, Jim helped create the breakthrough method used to grow our nutritional fungi protein, Fy. This innovative spirit comes from a family of creators. With a woodshop on his family’s farm and an uncle in the business of wood lathes, Jim also loves woodturning to craft stunning bowls from reclaimed wood.
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Press and Media

Press Release

Sus­tain­able Bio­prod­ucts pre­pares for com­mer­cial launch with team of vet­er­an food and biotech executives

Exec­u­tives with expe­ri­ence from Kraft, P&G, Leo Bur­nett, Lan­za­T­e­ch and Cargill join alter­na­tive pro­tein company’s Board of Direc­tors and lead­er­ship team

CHICA­GO, August 13, 2019 — Sus­tain­able Bio­prod­ucts (SBP), a food com­pa­ny seek­ing to rev­o­lu­tion­ize the alter­na­tive pro­tein mar­ket with break­through biotech­nol­o­gy, is bol­ster­ing its Board of Direc­tors and man­age­ment team with lead­ing food and biotech exec­u­tives. These indus­try vet­er­ans will bring unpar­al­leled exper­tise to the com­pa­ny in both mar­ket­ing con­sumer prod­ucts and scal­ing biotech­nol­o­gy as SBP pre­pares for the com­mer­cial launch of its products. 

The most recent UN report on cli­mate change and food rein­forces the urgency to dras­ti­cal­ly rethink our cur­rent pro­tein sup­ply chain,” said Co-founder and CEO Thomas Jonas. The good news is that we’ve dis­cov­ered in nature a solu­tion to this chal­lenge and have devel­oped a break­through fer­men­ta­tion tech­nol­o­gy to scale it. Today, we’re accel­er­at­ing our efforts by assem­bling a team of top exec­u­tives with expe­ri­ence run­ning some of the world’s most suc­cess­ful food and biotech com­pa­nies. These thought part­ners will be invalu­able as we con­tin­ue on our mis­sion to cre­ate deli­cious, inno­v­a­tive foods that are just as good for you as they are for our planet.” 

For­mer Kraft Foods CEO Tony Ver­non has joined SBP’s Board of Direc­tors. In his tenure as CEO, Mr. Ver­non over­saw Kraft Foods Group’s spin-off from the com­pa­ny now known as Mon­delēz Inter­na­tion­al. He also served on the board of White­Wave Foods – the com­pa­ny behind house­hold alter­na­tive pro­tein brands Silk and So Deli­cious. White­Wave was acquired by Danone, an SBP investor, in 2017. Pri­or to Kraft, Mr. Ver­non spent over 20 years with John­son & John­son in lead­er­ship roles at McNeil Con­sumer Health­care, Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and Nutri­tion­als. His deep expe­ri­ence also includes serv­ing on the board of McCormick & Com­pa­ny, a glob­al leader in fla­vor as well as the boards of sev­er­al biotech startups. 

Lan­za­T­e­ch CEO Jen­nifer Holm­gren has also joined SBP’s Board of Direc­tors. Dr. Holm­gren brings deep exper­tise in the devel­op­ment and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of renew­able tech­nolo­gies and biotech. This year, on the heels of a suc­cess­ful glob­al com­mer­cial­iza­tion effort with part­ners in Chi­na, Fast Com­pa­ny named Lan­za­T­e­ch among the World’s Most Inno­v­a­tive Com­pa­nies for its car­bon recy­cling tech­nol­o­gy. Pre­vi­ous­ly, Dr. Holm­gren spent 22 years at Honeywell/​UOP where she found­ed and ran their Renew­able Ener­gy and Chem­i­cals divi­sion. A mem­ber of the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Engi­neer­ing, Dr. Holm­gren holds a Ph.D. in chem­istry from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Karuna Raw­al has joined SBP as Chief Mar­ket­ing Offi­cer. Pre­vi­ous­ly Pres­i­dent, Groupe Client Lead at Leo Burnett/​Publicis Groupe, Ms. Raw­al was the lead strate­gist for Proc­ter & Gamble’s Emmy Award-win­ning “#LikeA­Girl” cam­paign. A sea­soned sto­ry­teller with more than 25 years of expe­ri­ence build­ing icon­ic food brands at P&G and at Leo Bur­nett, she will launch and mar­ket new alter­na­tive pro­tein lines for SBP.

Jim Mil­lis has joined the com­pa­ny as Chief Tech­nol­o­gy Offi­cer. An indus­tri­al biotech vet­er­an, Mr. Mil­lis has served as CTO of BioAm­ber and, ear­li­er, Tech­ni­cal Direc­tor of Indus­tri­al Bio­prod­ucts at Cargill. With a proven track record in bring­ing first-of-its-kind tech­nolo­gies to indus­tri­al scale, Mr. Mil­lis over­sees SBP’s R&D, engi­neer­ing, and man­u­fac­tur­ing efforts. 

Andrew Chung, Founder and Man­ag­ing Part­ner at 1955 Cap­i­tal and an SBP board direc­tor, said, The explod­ing glob­al demand for alter­na­tive pro­teins shows that con­sumers are open to and crav­ing health­i­er and more diverse food choic­es.” Mr. Chung added, SBP’s ver­sa­tile pro­teins will unlock new pos­si­bil­i­ties in ani­mal-free foods with­in this fast-grow­ing mar­ket. We are excit­ed about the company’s progress and the very expe­ri­enced, glob­al­ly-mind­ed team assem­bled to bring SBP’s prod­ucts to market.”