Mycelial fermentation specialist, MycoTechnology has appointed industry veteran Ranjan Patnaik, PhD as its new Chief Technology Officer. This newly created role will strategically align R&D, food science and technical services teams under a single executive leader as MycoTechnology gears up for its next stage of global growth.
Patnaik brings over 25 years of experience in the fields of fermentation, strain engineering and bioprocess product development. He joins MycoTechnology from EVERY (formerly Clara Foods), where, as CTO, he led a multi-disciplinary technology team of over 50 to pioneer the manufacturing of egg proteins using precision fermentation. During his tenure, the company transitioned from laboratory-phase research to commercial production. Educated in India and the US, Patnaik holds bachelors and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering, and previously spent over 16 years in domestic and international senior leadership roles at DuPont.
As his appointment was announced, Patnaik said: “I’m thrilled to be taking up this new role with MycoTechnology at such an important and exciting stage of its journey. The potential for mycelial fermentation in food and beverage applications is huge and remains largely untapped. MycoTechnology’s fermentation platform is based on highly sophisticated science and technology know-how and intellectual property assets, putting the company many steps ahead of others in this space and on a clear path to success.”
Alan Hahn, MycoTechnology Co-Founder & CEO, added: “Ranjan has an unparalleled track record of steering businesses from the science and tech stage towards becoming manufacturers and suppliers of scalable, commercialised products. His experience and expertise will be invaluable as we execute on our vision to expand our presence globally and establish international partnerships, while continuing to build on our plans in the Middle East.”
Updated branding underlines vision
Meanwhile, MycoTechnology has unveiled its updated branding and new website, showcasing its dedication to fusing science, nature, and food and beverage innovation. The fresh new look represents the company’s brand vision and commitment to harnessing the power of mushrooms to create foods that are better for both people and the planet.
Jonas Feliciano, Director of Marketing, commented: “MycoTechnology has continued to evolve, and this is the perfect time to implement new branding to reflect the huge progress made in recent years. Our aim is to highlight our ability to combine natural food technology with the culinary world to create nutritious and transformative ingredients. This new brand direction reaffirms our position as a trusted partner for chefs and R&D professionals seeking to realise their innovation ideas – all while meeting our goal of evolving the current food system for the benefit of all.”