A brighter future for food starts now.
Food is an integral part of our culture and our well-being. But as our population grows, the demand for food increases, as well as the demand on our earth. At the same time, obesity rates, food-related health issues and allergies are on the rise. At Calyxt, we have the opportunity – and the ethical responsibility – to address these issues head on, making the food you love healthier, sustainable and completely traceable from concept to fork.
Calyxt is located in the heart of the U.S., right outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our team is comprised of some of the best and brightest minds in the industry, who together are working to make food healthier, not only for this generation, but for generations to come.
To make the food you love a healthier choice.
Healthier food means healthier people and a happier earth. We’re doing what farmers have done for hundreds of years: choosing the best crops and breeding them to make better, stronger, higher yielding plants.
The Calyxt difference: We work with plants at the molecular level – to be as efficient and precise as possible. We remove the unhealthy parts and boost the nutritional benefits that already exist, simply and naturally, with no added chemicals or foreign substances. We’re elevating food to make it more functional and healthier for us all.
We trace every step on this journey to ensure that each crop is grown in a conscious, sustainable way. And we focus on our partnerships with farmers to provide better premiums and a more transparent path between the food they grow and the consumers who eat it.
The future of farming starts here
As a small, Midwest company, we’re dedicated to our partners and the prosperity of their businesses. Through our cutting-edge breeding techniques, our crops are healthier and stronger, giving growers a premium advantage for higher profits.
Improving the food industry one ingredient at a time
From restaurants to consumer-packaged goods, our ingredients match today’s in-demand health profiles with superior performance and taste.
Meet the Calyxt leadership team
Chief Executive Officer
Jim grew up on a family corn and soybean farm in Hubbard, Iowa, and is a graduate of Iowa State University. Prior to joining Calyxt, Jim was the President and CEO for Bayer CropScience LP (North America). He also held executive positions at Valent (Sumitomo Chemical), Agtrol International and Agriliance LLC (a Land O’ Lakes and CHS joint venture). Jim currently serves as the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Concentric Ag Technologies; Inc. He is the 2013 recipient of the Henry A. Wallace Award from Iowa State University for outstanding leadership and service to agriculture.
Chief Science Officer
Dan graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1984 and received his Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard Medical School in 1990. He is a co-founder of Calyxt and one of the inventors of the TALEN® technology. In addition to his role at Calyxt, Voytas is a professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota (UMN), which he joined in 2008, and is Director of the UMN’s Center for Precision Plant Genomics. In 1992, Voytas joined the faculty at Iowa State University. Prior to this, he conducted postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dan is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Sciences.
Chief Financial Officer
Bill brings over brings over 10 years of corporate, finance and accounting leadership to Calyxt as an operating or corporate CFO. Prior to joining Calyxt, Bill was Vice President, Finance for the Brain Therapies business unit of Medtronic (NYSE: MDT). He has held executive positions at Young America Holdings, General Mills (NYSE:GIS), and KPMG LLP. Bill was recognized as a CFO of the Year by the Twin Cities Business Journal in 2016 and currently serves on the board of 1st Financial Bank USA.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Debra brings agriculture and food industry legal expertise to Calyxt. Previously, Debra was Associate General Counsel for Syngenta North America and acting general counsel for Syngenta Seeds, LLC. Through her seven years at Syngenta, Debra provided counsel for executive leadership teams and contributed to the closing of numerous global transactions; launching new products into new markets; and developing regulatory, compliance and corporate policies. Prior to her role at Syngenta, Debra practiced law at Stoel Rives LLP and Lindquist & Vennum PLLP.
Chief Technology Officer
Travis brings over 15 years of experience in the agricultural industry and technology innovation to Calyxt. Travis received his B.S. in Horticulture from Penn State University, M.S. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. in the Plant Biology and Biotechnology Program at the Univesity of Delaware and DuPont/Pioneer and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business. Prior to joining Calyxt, Travis held science and innovation leadership roles at WISErg Corporation and Monsanto