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Clever Carnivore names Russell Thomas as Vice President of Product Development

May 16, 2023

Clever Carnivore, a Chicago-based biotech startup working to bring cultivated pork, beef and chicken to consumers, has announced that Russell Thomas, MSc, has joined the team as Vice President of Product Development. A triple-decade food scientist with expertise in food safety, product development and operations management, Thomas will accelerate the development of Clever Carnivore’s debut consumer product, the Clever Bratwurst.

“Russell’s experience as Director of R&D at Tyson is a huge asset to Clever Carnivore as we aim to unveil our prototype product later this year,” commented Virginia Rangos, Ph.D, CEO, Clever Carnivore.

Thomas’ resume includes a bachelor’s in animal science and business and a master’s in poultry science and product technology from the University of Arkansas. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Product Development with a Silicon Valley cultivated fat company founded in late 2010.

Prior to that, during Thomas’ more than 33 years at Tyson Foods, one of the largest food companies in the USA, he served as Manager, then Director of R&D. His hiring represents a milestone for Clever Carnivore. The addition of an experienced executive with demonstrated success bringing innovative products to the global market propels Clever Carnivore into the exciting prototype development stage. Leveraging his decades of accomplishments in the food sciences, Thomas will spearhead the creation of a delicious, accessible product line – starting with sausages.

“I’m excited about joining Clever Carnivore,” he enthused. “I entered the food industry more than three decades ago because I believe there’s no greater way to serve humanity than by working to provide accessible, sustainable food to people. The technology being developed by Clever Carnivore aligns with that mission.”

Clever Carnivore has been focused on scaling meat production and bringing costs down – producing high-quality pork at consumer-ready prices. With Thomas on the team, the company is ready to start turning pork into bratwurst. Clever Carnivore’s cost and scale advantages put Thomas on track to cook up something delicious.

Clever Carnivore’s headquarters and lab are located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Thomas’ appointment is effective immediately.

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