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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

Nature’s Fynd Begins Pro­duc­tion, Rais­es $80 Mil­lion Series B to Com­mer­cial­ize a New-to-the-World Protein

Gen­er­a­tion Invest­ment Man­age­ment and Break­through Ener­gy Ven­tures co-lead invest­ment in alter­na­tive meat and dairy company 

CHICA­GO, March 24, 2020 — Nature’s Fynd, a food tech com­pa­ny pro­duc­ing a pro­tein from a microbe orig­i­nal­ly dis­cov­ered in the geot­her­mal springs of Yellowstone’s ancient vol­cano, has raised $80 mil­lion in new funding. 

The com­pa­ny was pre­vi­ous­ly named Sus­tain­able Bioproducts. 

Pro­duc­tion began this month at Nature’s Fynd’s new 35,000-square-foot man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­i­ty on the site of the his­toric Union Stock­yards in Chicago’s South Side. The com­pa­ny will com­mer­cial­ize food and bev­er­age prod­ucts across break­fast, lunch, din­ner, and snack occasions. 

Nature’s Fynd’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary fer­men­ta­tion tech­nol­o­gy grows pro­tein using a frac­tion of the land and water resources required by tra­di­tion­al agriculture. 

The prod­uct con­tains all 9 essen­tial amino acids, mak­ing it one of the rare non-ani­mal sources of com­plete pro­tein. It also includes dietary fiber, cal­ci­um, and vit­a­mins. It is very ver­sa­tile and can be made into alter­na­tive meat and dairy prod­ucts, as well as pro­tein drinks and powders. 

In these chal­leng­ing times, secur­ing food for our grow­ing pop­u­la­tion under the immense pres­sure of cli­mate change becomes even more urgent,” said CEO and co-founder Thomas Jonas. We must find new solu­tions that can both nour­ish peo­ple and nur­ture the plan­et. Our inno­v­a­tive tech­nol­o­gy was devel­oped by study­ing nature’s own solu­tions for adapt­ing — and ulti­mate­ly thriv­ing — in envi­ron­ments with lim­it­ed resources.” 

Gen­er­a­tion Invest­ment Man­age­ment LLP, the ded­i­cat­ed sus­tain­able invest­ment firm with $25 bil­lion assets under man­age­ment as of Dec. 31, 2019, and Break­through Ener­gy Ven­tures, a $1 bil­lion fund that invests in com­pa­nies com­bat­ing cli­mate change, both led the round. 

Oth­er par­tic­i­pants include 1955 Cap­i­tal; Mousse Part­ners; ADM Ven­tures, the ven­ture arm of ADM and Danone Man­i­festo Ven­tures, the ven­ture arm of glob­al food and bev­er­age com­pa­ny Danone. 

Nature’s Fynd has a high­ly effi­cient solu­tion to help address the cli­mate cri­sis,” said Lila Pre­ston, co-head of the Growth Equi­ty strat­e­gy at Gen­er­a­tion Invest­ment Man­age­ment. We have tracked the team and tech­nol­o­gy for sev­er­al years and believe this is one of the most scal­able plat­forms to dri­ve true food sys­tem sustainability.” 

Added Carmichael Roberts of Break­through Ener­gy Ven­tures: As glob­al demand for pro­tein increas­es, we urgent­ly need new solu­tions that meet our nutri­tion­al needs with­out fur­ther dam­ag­ing the environment.” 

The com­pa­ny, which employs 50 peo­ple across its Chica­go head­quar­ters and its Boze­man, Mon­tana, R&D cen­ter, emerged out of NASA sup­port­ed research into organ­isms that thrive in the extreme envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions of Yel­low­stone Nation­al Park’s geot­her­mal springs. Those springs are part of one of the world’s largest active volcanoes. 

Nature’s Fynd plans to employ more than 100 peo­ple by the end of the year. The com­pa­ny chose Chica­go as its head­quar­ters because of its robust food indus­try, skilled work­force and trans­porta­tion infrastructure. 

About Nature’s Fynd
Nature’s Fynd is a Chica­go-based food tech com­pa­ny cre­at­ing ver­sa­tile alter­na­tive pro­teins to feed the world’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion while nur­tur­ing the plan­et. Born out of research con­duct­ed for NASA on microbes in Yel­low­stone Nation­al Park, the company’s tech­nol­o­gy pro­duces a com­plete pro­tein using only a frac­tion of the resources required by tra­di­tion­al agri­cul­ture. The com­pa­ny pre­vi­ous­ly raised $33 mil­lion in Series A fund­ing in 2018. For more infor­ma­tion vis­it www​.natures​fynd​.com.

About Gen­er­a­tion Invest­ment Man­age­ment
Gen­er­a­tion Invest­ment Man­age­ment LLP is ded­i­cat­ed to long-term invest­ing, inte­grat­ed sus­tain­abil­i­ty research, and client align­ment. It is an inde­pen­dent, pri­vate, own­er-man­aged part­ner­ship estab­lished in 2004 and head­quar­tered in Lon­don, with a US office in San Fran­cis­co. Gen­er­a­tion Invest­ment Man­age­ment LLP is autho­rized and reg­u­lat­ed in the Unit­ed King­dom by the Finan­cial Con­duct Author­i­ty. www​.gen​er​a​tionim​.com

About Break­through Ener­gy Ven­tures
Break­through Ener­gy Ven­tures (BEV) invests in com­pa­nies that lever­age inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies to help address cli­mate change. Backed by many of the world’s top busi­ness lead­ers, BEV has more than $1 bil­lion in com­mit­ted cap­i­tal to sup­port bold entre­pre­neurs build­ing com­pa­nies that can sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduce emis­sions from agri­cul­ture, build­ings, elec­tric­i­ty, man­u­fac­tur­ing, and trans­porta­tion. The fund was cre­at­ed in 2016 by the Break­through Ener­gy Coali­tion. Vis­it www.b‑t.energy to learn more.

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