Wild Earth, Inc., a Berkeley, Calif.-based biotech startup developing clean protein pet foods, raised $450k in seed funding.
Backers included Pathfinder, the early stage investment vehicle of Founders Fund, and Peter Thiel.
The investment brings Wild Earth’s total funding to just under $5m.
Led by CEO Ryan Bethencourt, chief science officer Ron Shigeta, Ph.D., and and Dr. Ernie Ward, Wild Earth is a biotech startup developing clean high-protein pet foods. The company is developing koji-based protein, followed by cultured meat derived humanely from animal cells. All products and ingredients are sourced, formulated, and made in the United States.
Wild Earth cultivates koji in fermentation tanks, and uses proprietary technology to optimize it for nutritional content, texture, and flavor. Wild Earth’s first product, a koji-based dog treat, will be available in late summer. Its koji dry food for dogs is scheduled for release in 2019, and cultured meat for cats from mouse cells is in development.