Lejjy Brings Deep Experience in Cellular Agriculture to CULT Food Science, Including Founding a Y Combinator-Backed Start-Up and Being a Founding Member of the CAC
Vancouver, British Columbia, April 21, 2022 / CNW /– CULT Food Science Corp. (“CULT” or the “Company”) (CSE: CULT) (OTCQB: CULTF) (FRA: LN0), an innovative investment platform with an exclusive focus on cellular agriculture that is advancing the development of novel technologies to provide a sustainable, environmental, and ethical solution to the global factory farming and aquaculture crises, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Lejjy Gafour as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), effective April 20, 2022. The promotion of Mr. Gafour from President to CEO is facilitated by CULT’s previous CEO, Dorian Banks, transition from the role while maintaining his seat on the Company’s Board of Directors. Lejjy joined the Company in January of 2022 after accumulating 15 years of experience, in both public and private enterprises, from executing strategy, technology and product development across mature and emerging industries.
Prior to becoming President of CULT, Mr. Gafour was a co-founder and former CEO of Future Fields – a Y Combinator-backed biotechnology company and one of the first operating cellular agriculture companies in Canada. He was also a founding member of Cellular Agriculture Canada (“CAC”) and currently serves on its board of directors. CAC is the first nationwide interdisciplinary not-for-profit working to advance the cellular agriculture industry in Canada.1
“I would like to thank Dorian for making it easy for me to join CULT as President earlier this year and for transitioning the role of CEO to me so seamlessly. I look forward to receiving his continued guidance as an independent member of the Company’s Board of Directors as we work toward executing on our mission of building a complete cellular agriculture ecosystem,” said Lejjy Gafour, CEO of CULT. “I am grateful to the Board of Directors for promoting me from President to CEO and I will work even harder to create value for shareholder and stakeholders alike. The Company continues to lay an impressive cell-ag foundation and I look forward to cultivating that further,” added Mr. Gafour.
As consideration for his appointment, the Company has granted Mr. Gafour 500,000 options to purchase up to 500,000 common shares of the Company, at a price of $0.145 per common share for a period of five years from the date of grant, pursuant to its stock option plan that was approved by shareholders on April 26, 2021. Twenty five percent of the options vest three months from the date of grant, with the remaining seventy five percent of the options vesting in tranches of equal size three, six and nine months thereafter
About CULT Food Science
CULT Food Science Corp. is an innovative investment platform with an exclusive focus on cellular agriculture that is advancing the development of novel technologies to provide a sustainable, environmental, and ethical solution to the global factory farming crisis. The first-of-its-kind in North America, CULT Food Science aims to provide individual investors with unprecedented exposure to the most innovative start-up, private or early-stage cultivated meat, cell-based dairy and other cultured food companies around the world.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company,
CULT FOOD SCIENCE CORP.
Lejjy Gafour, President
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- “Our Story”, Cellular Agriculture Canada, 2019, https://www.cellag.ca