Motif FoodWorks, Inc.

Motif FoodWorks, Inc.
Last activity: 18.06.2024
Categories: AlternativeDevelopmentFoodTechLEDLifeProductScienceTechnology
Motif FoodWorks is a food-technology company working to make plant-based foods better tasting, more nutritious and so desirable that people actually crave them.

Our mission is to unleash the promise of plant-based foods by taking a new, holistic approach to ingredient development that combines science and technology — merged with sensory fundamentals — to reveal totally new answers. By radically changing our understanding of plant-based food, Motif will enable crave-worthy products that exceed taste and experience expectations, unlocking benefits for everyone and our planet. Find out more at
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Location: United States, Massachusetts, Boston
Employees: 11-50
Total raised: $253.5M
Founded date: 2019

Investors 7

Funding Rounds 2

16.06.2021Series B$226M-

Mentions in press and media 68

18.06.2024PTAB invalidates Impossible Foods patent following challenge by Motif FoodWorks, but denies requests to review 6 othersThe US Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has invalidated 23 out of 24 claims in an Impossible Foods patent following a challenge by Motif FoodWorks, but denied requests to review six other patents also at issue in a high-profile legal di...
13.11.2023Exclusive: Motif FoodWorks CEO departs as firm ‘refocuses priorities’ and creates ‘leaner organizational structure’Motif FoodWorks CEO Dr. Mike Leonard has left the Boston-based foodtech firm and has been replaced by Brian Brazeau on an interim basis as the company engages in a fresh round of layoffs, AgFunderNews has learned. Brazeau is the startup’s t...
05.07.2023Brief: Impossible Foods goes after Ginkgo Bioworks in amended lawsuit over heme proteins in alt meatImpossible Foods has added Ginkgo Bioworks as a defendant in its patent infringement lawsuit against foodtech rival Motif Foodworks over the use of heme proteins in meat alternatives. A synthetic biology specialist that licensed technology ...
20.06.2023US patent office to review Impossible Foods IP following challenge by Motif FoodWorks as legal dispute intensifiesThe US Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has agreed to review a patent granted to Impossible Foods following a petition by Motif FoodWorks, which is being sued by Impossible for patent infringement. The US patent is one of several grante...
18.04.2023Motif FoodWorks Debuts Its First DTC Vegan Burgers2 Mins Read Boston-based Motif FoodWorks has announced a limited-edition release of its debut product: the Motif BeefWorks plant-based burger patties. Motif, which operates predominantly as a B2B, says it has been sampling the burgers to re...
01.03.2023Motif FoodWorks explores molecular farming for heme proteins as precision fermentation capacity bottleneck bitesIs it more efficient to make “animal-free” meat and dairy proteins in plants or fermentation tanks? Motif FoodWorks, which currently makes myoglobin via precision fermentation, is now exploring whether corn could also serve as an effective ...
03.02.2023Why plant-based meat is not ‘just another fad’The following is a guest post from Michael Leonard, CEO of Motif FoodWorks, who has nearly two decades of experience in senior industrial science and technology roles in the specialty food ingredient and fast-moving consumer goods industrie...
07.12.2022Impossible Foods EU patent revoked; US IP dispute with Motif FoodWorks ramps up: 'If Impossible wins, it means no one else can experiment with heme in the plant-based industry.'At issue is the use of heme proteins in plant-based meat alternatives, an area in which Impossible and Motif – who have each laid off staff in recent months as market conditions have deteriorated – both play. Impossible Foods’ heme protein ...
21.10.2022Motif FoodWorks partners to improve dairy and meat alternativesDive Brief: Food tech powerhouse Motif FoodWorks partnered with Norwegian biotech specialist Vectron Biosolutions to use precision fermentation to develop next-generation animal-free proteins. Motif initiated this partnership two years ago,...
04.08.2022New CEO at Motif FoodWorks after recent round of layoffsPrior to joining Motif in 2019, Leonard held senior roles in R&D and business development at Kraft Heinz, PepsiCo, DuPont Nutrition & Health and IFF, and takes the helm at Motif at a challenging time for the company, which has raise...
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