About CULT Food Science

We are making cell-based foods part of everyday life.
The first publicly-traded company of its kind in North America, CULT Food Science is pioneering the commercialization of cellular agriculture products to create a sustainable, sensible, and slaughter-free food system.

What are we building?

CULT Food Science is focused on two specific areas: building food brands that are good for the world and investing into the most innovative cellular agriculture companies on the planet.

These two areas have a unique synergy.

By building food brands that are good for people and good for the world, we are obsessive about finding the best ingredients. To find the best ingredients, we scour the world looking for the companies who are using cellular agriculture to create food inputs that are slaughter free, net zero emissions and nutritionally sound.

When we find those companies, we invest in them. When we invest in them, we not only own equity in them, we are developing a partnership around ingredient supply.

We then take those ingredients and we get to work on building entirely new categories of food that are both delicious and ethically sound.

These new categories of food get tested, refined and iterated on through our product incubation studio until we feel they are ready to make an impact.

As we begin to bring this entirely new type of food product into the world, we create a virtuous cycle. It’s good for the consumer, good for the planet, good for animals, good for our portfolio companies and good for us.

We think of this as a complete cellular agriculture ecosystem. Harm free. Slaughter free. Environmentally friendly. Ready to eat and ready for the future.

That is what we are building.

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Meet the team

Our leadership team has a diverse array of knowledge and hands-on expertise as founders, consumer product developers, and operating public companies.

Interested in joining our growing team? Check out our career opportunities.

Lejjy Gafour
Chief Executive Officer
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Lejjy is a self-taught entrepreneur and experienced company operator who made his start creating opportunities at the young age of 14, and he has been working, leading, and building businesses ever since.

Lejjy is the former co-founder and CEO of Future Fields, a YCombinator backed biotechnology company, and one of the first operating cellular agriculture companies in Canada. He has over 15 years of experience in both public and private enterprises executing strategy, technology, and product development for everything from financial institutions, manufacturing, public health, to world class universities. He is also a founding member of Cellular Agriculture Canada and currently serves on its board.

Lejjy believes that cellular agriculture, and other advanced food technologies, will become a pillar of how we create food over the next decade. He believes food is a fundamental aspect of life, and that we are gazing upon a new horizon of food technologies that will allow us to tackle the systemic problems that we will face as a society.

Joshua Errett
VP, Product Development
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Before joining CULT, Joshua was the co-founder and COO of a cellular agriculture pet food company. During his startup life, Joshua would take on any task that needed doing, from running operations, sales, marketing, hiring, shipping, finance and everything in between. He was even credited as an inventor on product and processing patents. His startup raised several rounds of venture funding and sold food products for dogs and cats across America.

At CULT, Joshua aims to seek out high-impact market innovations that will benefit the planet along with the people and animals who inhabit it.

He heads up the San Francisco-area office of CULT, and lives in the East Bay with his wife, daughter and three black cats.

Francis Rowe
CFO, Corporate Secretary
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Francis is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. He has provided accounting and tax services to a wide range of business and personal clients. In addition, he currently serves as a Director and Chief Financial Officer for several public and private entities.

Jessica Holtz
Growth Marketing Manager
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Growing up on a farm in rural Ontario, Jessica’s love of food was cultivated at a young age. Her Mom tended to the largest vegetable garden any 5-year old had ever seen. Surrounded by rows of carrots, green beans, and potatoes, Jessica would sit and watch little sprouts burst through the soil, relocate the worms to better living quarters, and wonder what would be on our table for dinner that evening.

Jessica’s journey with food was inevitable. She has earned a degree in Foods and Nutrition, holds the credentials of Registered Dietitian, and has over 10 years of experience leading digital & CRM marketing strategies at some of Canada’s most respected food companies.

At CULT, Jessica wants to accelerate the growth of cellular agriculture, helping to create a kinder and more sustainable future of food.

Science Advisors

We have brought together the brightest minds across synthetic biology, agriculture, biotechnology and cellular agriculture to guide our product development, validate our investments, and identify industry opportunities.

Dr. Anjum Mullani
Alumnus
Institut Pasteur
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Dr. Anjum Mullani is an alumnus of Institut Pasteur, Paris’ Department of developmental and stem cell biology and is equipped with direct expertise studying and implementing solutions across research programs, animal biotechnology, molecular biology and cellular senescence. Dr. Mullani is focused on applying her diverse knowledge base to accelerate the advancement of cellular agriculture.

Dr. Ian Smith
Research Professor
University of California, Irvine
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An accomplished scientist and research professor at the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Smith has over 20 years experience across diverse areas of cell biology and has earned significant due diligence experience in the emerging alternative protein and cellular agriculture industries.

Saloni Shah
Food & Farming Analyst
Breakthrough Institute
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An alumni of Boston University's Department of Earth and Environment and Harvard University's Forest Lab, Ms. Shah is the food and farming analyst for the Breakthrough Institute, a global research center seeking technological solutions to environmental challenges.

Rob Harris
Start-Up Advisor
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An active start-up advisor and operations specialist with executive experience in alternative protein enterprises, Mr. Harris is focused on bridging the gap between scientific possibility and commercially viable products in the field of cellular agriculture.

Dr. Guru Ramanathan
Chief Innovation Officer
GNC
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Dr. Guru Ramanathan is a globally recognized expert in healthcare innovation and commercialization. He brings a wealth of experience from the clinical, consumer health, animal health and retail sectors. His most recent appoint was as Chief Innovation Officer for GNC, where he spent 15 years leading the development and launch of all products. He previously held senior executive positions at Nutricia (Danone) and Scotia Pharmaceuticals. Guru is very active in nutrition industry initiatives and specialises in Clinical Trials Management, Consumer Health Product Development, DSHEA Regulatory Compliance, Management of Technology in Healthcare and Change Management.

Dr. Rolf Smeets
Medical Sciences, PhD
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Dr Rolf Smeets is a passionate executive with a PhD degree in medical sciences from the Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and more than 24 years of experience in the international food industry. Next to leading R&D, he also has significant experience in regulatory, market access and corporate affairs.

Dr. Kantha Shelke
Certified Food Scientist
Johns Hopkins University
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Dr. Shelke is a Certified Food Scientist and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists. She teaches food safety regulations at Johns Hopkins University and is Founder/Principal at Corvus Blue LLC, a food research firm that expedites development and commercialization of new food products and technologies with science and sensibility. Her expertise includes regulatory compliance, competitive intelligence and risk management in the food and nutrition sector.

Dr. Lenore Newman
Director of the Food and Agriculture Institute
University of the Fraser Valley
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Lenore held a Canada Research Chair (in food security), is now Director of the Food and Agriculture Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, where cellular agriculture is one of three research areas. Lenore mentors companies through Creative Destruction Labs - Rockies and Bioenterprise, and acts in an advisory role for a variety of agritech startups. Dr.Newman was a member of the BC Premier's Task Force on food security and continues to advise government on policy. With multiple books and publications to her name, Lenore is a key leader in the North American food space.

Dr. Evan Fraser
Director
Arrell Food Institute
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Evan is Director of Arrell Food Institute and a professor of Geography at the University of Guelph. There, Evan works to bring large and diverse teams together to develop strategies that balance our need to produce and distribute accessible, healthy, and nutritious food while stewarding the ecosystems on which we all depend for life. As a researcher, Evan is a co-author on over 100 academic papers and book chapters, played a leadership role on teams that have raised over $100M in research funding, and mentored around 50 graduate students. He is one of Canada’s most cited social scientists working on food and sustainability and between 2010-2020 was a Canada Research Chair.

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