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Advancing our world-leading eMERGE™ soy protein germplasm through our CropOS® predictive breeding platform, Benson Hill is leading AI-driven seed innovation utilizing proprietary genetics. With varieties spanning four distinct and differentiated technology groups, our proprietary soybeans have proven results across multiple growing regions.

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Inspiring Science


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. 

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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.

Bold Leaders

Deanie Elsner
Chief Executive Officer, Director
Jason Bull
Chief Technology Officer
Susan Keefe
Chief Financial Officer
Kim Hurst
Chief Transformation Officer
Allyson Pegues
Vice President, People
Dan Cosgrove
Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel
Deanie Elsner


DeAnn Brunts


J. Stephan Dolezalek
Dan Jacobi
Richard L. Mack
Molly Montgomery
Craig Rohr
Linda Whitley-Taylor
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
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.
Mark Matlock

Former Senior Vice President of Research, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)


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


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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