Climax Foods, a Berkeley, CA-based data science company focused on food, raised $7.5m in seed funding.
Backers included At One Ventures, Manta Ray Ventures, S2G Ventures, Valor Siren Ventures, Prelude Ventures, ARTIS Ventures, Index Ventures, Luminous Ventures, Canaccord Genuity Group, Carrot Capital and Global Founders Capital, as well as several angel investors.
The company intends to use the funds to accelerate deep research in taste, flavor, texture, and nutrition of the most desired animal-based food categories, starting with cheese.
Led by Oliver Zahn, CEO, Climax Foods aims to create a smart way to make food by converting plants, with less processing, into products with the same taste as animal-based products, at a price point accessible to everyone.
Founding members of the company include industry veteran Caroline Love, Chief Operating Officer, who previously led sales and operations at JUST, and Pavel Aronov, who will lead chemistry and analytics to define what supercharges taste and flavor in new products on a molecular level.
Climax Foods is now hiring innovative talent in food science, data science, and other roles.