Impossible Foods Doubles R&D Team, Seeks Top Scientists to Eliminate Animal Agriculture

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Impossible Foods is expanding its technology platform, accelerating product development and plans to double the size of its research and development team over the next 12 months.

Impossible Foods’ mission is to “reverse global warming and halt the world’s catastrophic biodiversity collapse by creating a mainstream, mass-market, consumer movement to eliminate the most destructive technology in human history: animal agriculture.”

The company’s flagship Impossible Burger has already started to displace sales of animal-derived foods, whose production is one of the biggest generators of greenhouse gas emissions and the leading driver of the global meltdown in wildlife.

In addition to doubling the size of the Silicon Valley-based R&D team over the next year, Impossible Foods is launching the “Impossible Investigator” project, a unique program to woo the world’s best scientists to work on the most important scientific

According to the company: “The Impossible Investigator program is an opportunity for scientists and engineers in or on the threshold of an academic career to choose another path with the biggest positive impact on humanity and our planet: using science to eliminate the most urgent existential threat we face.”

In addition to doubling the size of the Silicon Valley-based R&D team over the next year, Impossible Foods is launching the “Impossible Investigator” project, a unique program to woo the world’s best scientists to work on the most important scientific problem Earth has ever faced.

Impossible Investigator positions, the company notes, “are high-impact alternatives to traditional academic faculty positions; the roles present an unprecedented opportunity for scientists who want the facilities, resources and innovative environment to create an entirely new technology platform to replace animals as our technology for turning plants into meat, fish and dairy foods.”

In addition to the inaugural class of 10 Impossible Investigators, Impossible Foods also has about 50 immediate openings for scientists, engineers and other R&D professionals to join existing projects; more will be posted throughout the end of the year and beyond. Impossible Investigators and the more structured roles will more than double the size of Impossible Foods’ R&D team over the next 12 months.

Named Inc. Magazine’s company of the year and one of Time Magazine’s 50 Genius companies, Impossible Foods has raised approximately $1.5 billion since its founding in 2011, including $700 million in two rounds this year, which it will use to fund the expansion of its technology platform and R&D team. Over the next six to 12 months, R&D will receive the largest percent increase in investment of any area in the company.

“Scientists want to solve the world’s biggest challenges. And the greatest problem we face today is our reliance on animal agriculture — the most destructive technology on Earth,” said Impossible Foods’ CEO and Founder Dr. Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph.D. “The Impossible Investigator program is an opportunity for scientists and engineers in or on the threshold of an academic career to choose another path with the biggest positive impact on humanity and our planet: using science to eliminate the most urgent existential threat we face.”

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