We are a biotech startup developing clean protein pet foods that are healthier, better for the environment, and more humane than conventional products. Our first cultured protein product is made from human-grade Koji, a fungi already enjoyed by billions of people around the world that is eco-friendly and renewably sourced. Future products will include cultured meat derived humanely from animal cells. All products and ingredients are sourced, formulated, and made in the United States.
Our company and vision is driven by pioneers in cellular agriculture led by Chief Science Officer Ron Shigeta, PhD, an experienced business team led by Chief Executive Officer Ryan Bethencourt of biotech accelerator IndieBio, and Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Ernie Ward, known as “America’s Pet Advocate.”
Our investors include VegInvest, Stray Dog Capital, Felicis Ventures, Blue Horizon, Babel Ventures, EverHope Capital, Macro Ventures, Aera VC, Founders Fund and Peter Thiel.
Chief Executive Officer
Ron Shigeta, PhD
Chief Science Officer
Ernie Ward, DVM
Chief Veterinary Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Head of Operations
As a co-founder and Head of Operations at Wild Earth, Abril applies science to transform ingredients into a nutritious and delicious food that pets love. She is a scientist at heart and has focused her academic research and industry work on creating innovative technologies and products to improve everyday life. For the past 7+ years, she worked to develop and bring a wide variety of products to market, from laundry detergents to snacking dips, always with the consumer in mind. As an environmentalist, Abril is always looking for sustainable ways that create better product experiences while also protecting the environment. Abril holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Texas at El Paso and doctorate degree in Biomaterials Chemistry from the University of California Santa Barbara. Abril loves the outdoors and spends much of her free time camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, running and more recently climbing.
Chief of Staff