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WITH NATURE AS A POWERFUL PARTNER

Nature is a powerful partner. The broad, genetic diversity of plants holds the potential to not just feed us, but abundantly and sustainably nourish us in body and mind. We’re unlocking this promise and the potential it holds for greater, healthier, more nutritious and better tasting food choices from plant to plate.

WE WILL UNLOCK THE POTENTIAL

The future of food isn’t in the hands of any one person or company. It’s about giving biologists and data scientists more precise data and tools. It’s offering farmers new revenue opportunities and sustainable farming practices. It’s providing ingredient companies, food manufacturers and feed producers more sustainable and healthier options. It’s inspiring and delighting culinary specialists, nutritionists and consumers. Together, we’ll innovate, embrace and experience food that is better from the beginning by intent, design and access.

TO CREATE HEALTHIER, BETTER TASTING FOOD

Through science that blends data, machine learning and other AI techniques with biology and advanced breeding practices, we’ve developed an empowering platform capable of inspiring, bold innovation from seed to shelf. With partners that span the agricultural and food supply chains, we’re demonstrating not just promise, but progress in health, nutrition, biodiversity and sustainability. We're empowering food innovation in ways we can benefit from today, and in ways we’ve yet to explore.

A better food system from plant to plate means empowering breeders, farmers, ingredient and food manufacturers, retailers and consumers to ensure better food by intent, design and access.

Breeders & Seed Producers

Farmer

Logistics/
Consolidate

Processor/
Wholesale Supplier

Food/Beverage Company

Food Service/
Retail

Consumer

Inspiring Science

CLOUD BIOLOGY® PROVIDES GREATER ACCURACY AND ACCESSIBILITY.

The same data science foundation that is changing other areas of our lives is influencing the innovation of plant science through Cloud Biology® and CropOS.

Cloud Biology® is the culmination of data, machine learning and AI techniques with biology. CropOS is our proprietary platform designed to facilitate the accessibility and actionability of Cloud Biology®. It accelerates breeding by enabling greater precision and fewer breeding cycles. It is like GPS for plant scientists and breeders. It takes the guess work out; getting to desired outcomes faster and more efficiently.

CropOS enables proprietary phenotyping, predictive breeding and environmental modeling algorithms.

Historically, breeding has been a blend of science and chance – a lengthy, expensive process where outcomes often come with tradeoffs. As one plant characteristic such as yield is optimized, another such as protein content is compromised. CropOS changes this by enabling greater control and precision.

This means reduced costs and greater accessibility. With CropOS, we can produce plants that are highly productive, highly nutritious and better tasting. We can improve sustainability by breeding plants capable of doing more, with less. We are able to better influence characteristics such as taste and texture while also reducing processing steps and the need for additives. Products bred from the beginning to have fewer trade-offs and reach the market faster.

We’re already doing this with ultra-high protein (UHP) soybeans and products with low anti-nutrient content which enables better nutrition and more sustainable management for fish, poultry and swine farming. We’re producing high oleic soybeans which means you can enjoy those fries in a healthier way. All of this is moving promise to progress.

Real Results

HEALTH AND NUTRITION, BIODIVERSITY AND SUSTAINABILITY: MILEMARKERS ON A JOURNEY TOWARD CREATING BETTER FOOD FROM THE BEGINNING.

CropOS empowers innovators and partners who make the science real and propel the future of food. This is an inspiring and exciting journey for us all. It’s a journey from seed to shelf and plant to plate. We are working directly and with a broad network of partners to make it real and accessible today. Because seed is the vessel that carries such FoodTech innovation from concept to consumers, we launched Benson Hill Seeds to ensure an ongoing path to delivering quality parent seed and well-aligned market distribution. With nature as our partner, and responsible science as our guide, the possibilities are limitless.

Athletes, active people and consumers who want plant-based options are interested in high-quality protein food choices sourced from simple plant-based ingredients.

LESLIE BONCI

Sports Dietitian to the Kansas City Chiefs and the XFL

NUTRITION & HEALTH

There’s a long road ahead. On average, Americans spend $1.7 trillion a year on food and almost $2 trillion per year on illnesses related to diet and nutrition such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

More than 65% of American adults are either overweight or have obesity and, according to the CDC, a vast number of Americans do not eat enough vegetables and fruits.

Creating better tasting, more nutritious options for both food and feed will play an important role in reversing these damaging trends. Food is health and the work we do will contribute to a healthier people and planet.

BIODIVERSITY & SUSTAINABILITY

The Global Seed Bank, located near the North Pole, is home to over a million different varieties of seeds from the entire world. Its aim is to conserve crop diversity for the future so that scientists can innovate more nutritious and climate-resistant crops. 

Yet currently, almost 100% of the calories in our food come from 1% of plants’ genetic diversity. Imagine the possibilities to feed and nourish the world if we unlocked more of that potential.

70% of our global fresh water supply is used for agriculture. Imagine the many other uses and the benefits for the planet if plants were bred to do more with less.

Where we can harness the plant’s ability to do just that, we can reduce not just the environmental impacts of our food but positively impact the economics as well.

MOVING FROM PROMISE TO PROGRESS ON BOTH FRONTS:

One of our earliest innovations focused on traits that improve photosynthesis efficiency. This work is the genesis of our name. Drs. Andrew Benson and Robin Hill were unsung heroes in this pursuit. We are currently partnering with breeding and seed programs to bring improvements in these efficiencies to scale.

We have innovated a soybean variety with more protein content than traditional conventional soybeans. This will enable ingredient and food manufacturers to deliver more consumer-desired protein content to plant-based food products such as plant-based burgers while achieving processing efficiencies that conserve resources.
We have designed soybeans with lower anti-nutrient content such as oligosaccharides. This improves digestion in poultry, swine and fish which, in turn, decreases farm resource needs such as water maintenance and use for aquaculture.

We are among a handful of companies that are Non-GMO Project Verified at the seed-level for our products.

We have developed a highly productive non-GMO soybean already sought after in international markets for its nutritional and taste attributes.

We’ve bred soybeans with competitive yields and high oleic oil, enabling healthier and better tasting fried foods and baked goods along with greater production efficiencies.

And, through all of this we’re looking to make food better tasting too. There’s no sense in creating products that are sustainable and healthier if they’re not desirable. Imagine a plant-based burger you can’t wait to bite into as it sizzles on the grill or fries you savor without guilt or reservation.

This can’t just be about creation of options. It must be about the creation of cravings. We have to want to eat better, or we won’t.

These are the real results made possible through Cloud Biology® today. These are the first steps on an incredible FoodTech journey to improve nutrition, health and taste as well as contribute where possible to biodiversity and sustainability from plant to plate. We’re Benson Hill. Let’s get in touch.

Bold Leaders

  • Executive Team
  • Board of Directors
  • Scientific Advisory Board
  • Investors
MATT CRISP

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

MICHAEL WAINSCOTT

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

NATALIE DINICOLA, Phd

CHIEF OF STAFF

CHRIS WILKINS

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

JASON BULL, PhD

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

KELLY FISCHER

VP OF PEOPLE

ADAM JAVAN
EVP of Business Development and Strategy
REBECCA BORTOLOTTI

GENERAL COUNSEL

MATT CRISP

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Mark Cupta
Director
J. Stephan Dolezalek
Director
Deanie Elsner
Director
Michelle Gloeckler
Director
Dan Jacobi
Director
Sanjeev Krishnan
Director
Dan Watkins
Director
Andy Wheeler
Director
Todd Mockler

Ph.D., Donald Danforth
Plant Science Center

Julia Bailey-Serres

Ph.D., Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, Center for Plant Cell Biology

Chase Beisel
Ph.D., Helmholtz Institute, RNA-based Infection Research
Rex Bernardo
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Agronomy and Plant Genetics
Asaph Cousins
Ph.D., Washington State University, School of Biological Sciences
Gary Fogel
Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Natural Selection, Inc.
Jon Lightner
Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Lightner Associates and former Chief Technology Officer, Genus, plc.
Joyce Van Eck
Ph.D., Cornell University, Boyce Thompson Institute

Our Core Values Guide Us

Everyone on the Benson Hill team shares a set of common principles fundamental to our identity. Our team is seriously real and authentic. We are bold yet humble. We believe that shaping the future of food requires deliberate purpose and more than just ourselves. We are inspired and energized by an emerging community of innovators across the value chain. If these values speak to you, come join us and apply cutting-edge data and biological sciences to one the most fundamental needs of our time – and have a lot of fun doing it!

– Matt Crisp

President & CEO

Be Bold!

We redefine boundaries by providing new solutions to difficult problems. Together we are driven to transform the future and will not allow the fear of failure to prevent us from innovating. We voice our opinions, embrace change, and challenge each other to think creatively.

Be Inspired!

We have purpose in our work-we are curious, engaged, and have fun. We maintain an active learning mindset and are motivated by diverse people and thoughts. We are energized by all innovators and together we aim to make an impact and contribute to building a better world.

Be Real!

We understand who we are, what we want to achieve, and what it takes to get there. We hold each other accountable through timely, candid, and well-intentioned feedback. Together we engage in honest communication and healthy debate that leads to success through true alignment.

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