I'm a bioengineer who founded a venture backed company making meatless bacon (All natural and Non-GMO) using fungi (somewhere in between plant-based and lab grown meat), AMA!
Hi! I'm Josh, the co-founder and CTO of Prime Roots.
I'm a bioengineer and computer scientist. I started Prime Roots out of the UC Berkeley Alternative Meat Lab with my co-founder who is a culinologist and microbiologist.
We make meatless bacon that acts, smells, and tastes like bacon from an animal. Our technology is made with our koji based protein which is a traditional Japanese fungi (so in between plant-based and lab grown). Our protein is a whole food source of protein since we grow the mycelium and use it whole (think of it like roots of mushrooms).
Our investors were early investors in Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods and we're the only other alternative meat company they've backed. We know there are lots of great questions about plant-based meats and alternative proteins in general so please ask away!
EDIT: We did a limited release of our bacon and sold out unfortunately, but we'll be back real soon so please join our community to be in the know: https://www.primeroots.com/pages/membership. We are also always crowdsourcing and want to understand what products you want to see so you can help us out by seeing what we've made and letting us know here: https://primeroots.typeform.com/to/zQMex9