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As VP of Business Development, you are responsible for commercializing our technology and monetizing its capabilities. Our discovery engine, Forager, is an unparalleled computational intelligence capable of understanding the interaction between nature and human biology. You will design and lead strategic partnerships to use Forager’s capabilities to develop solutions for unmet needs across food, beverage, ingredient and flavor companies.

You have experience establishing innovative partnerships and a track record of creating collaborations that generated value. You have deep familiarity with the needs of food, ingredients, and nutrition industries, as well as familiarity with the latest CPG and health trends. You are a crisp communicator and have a knack for turning complex concepts into compelling messages. Above all, you thrive in roles that build collaboration bridges in the industry and that pioneer new paths.

Responsibilities include:

  • Define the commercialization strategy for Forager, setting a vision for the impact of Forager’s capabilities on the industry and on human health.
  • Sign deals that are aligned with company goals and timelines and that will establish a foundation for long-term success. Establish multiple partnerships across discrete health benefit areas and industry segments, including food & beverage, dietary supplements, agriculture and personal care.
  • Build the team that will manage partner programs and will grow the partner pipeline.
  • Set the strategy for international expansion, leveraging Brightseed’s network in Asia and Europe.


  • 15+ years’ experience and a track record of accomplishment in innovative business development, sales and marketing, or strategic partnership growth roles
  • Some experience in developing international partnerships preferred
  • Experience launching novel products in the food ingredient health space a plus
  • Deep interest and experience in food tech, health or biosciences fields a plus
  • Experience in startups or in fast-moving scaling environments desired
  • MBA a plus, but not a requirement


This role will report to the COO and is based in San Francisco, CA.

Brightseed offers competitive compensation and employee benefits along with an attractive equity package commensurate with candidate qualifications. 

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Brightseed believes that food should nourish. We believe that plants have the answers to many diet-caused chronic illnesses and we have built the tools to find them. We created Forager™, a computational intelligence that can understand nature more deeply than humans ever could. It discovers naturally occurring compounds with proven clinical benefits for health. We then partner with food, beverage and supplements companies to incorporate these plant bioactives into everyday products. Our first bioactive discovery helps restore metabolic health especially benefiting those individuals at heightened risk for developing metabolic diseases such as diabetes. At Brightseed, we are committed to transforming the health and wellbeing industry with a team-first mentality. Above all, we seek team members who are truth-seeking and trusting. This means we hold ourselves and each other accountable in our quest for groundbreaking knowledge. We are also a highly collaborative team that prioritizes shared goals over individual tasks. As such, we share workload, information and feedback generously and look out for each other’s wellbeing. Ultimately, we realize that achieving our purpose of improving lives naturally will take our collective intelligence and efforts. Our leadership team has a distinguished, 30+ year track record in groundbreaking scientific research and translation of discoveries into commercially successful products. We are successfully venture backed by renowned investors and supported by world-class advisors.
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