Lisa Dyson

One way to feed the world: edible protein made from thin air. Dyson’s other company, Kiverdi, spun off this one.

Company name:
Air Protein
Location:
HaywardCA 
Founded:
2019
Industry:
Science Pioneers
Co-founder:
John Reed
Lisa Dyson. Photo Credit: Courtesy subject

Lisa Dyson and co-founder John Reed were inspired by 40-year-old NASA research when they started looking for ways to recycle carbon dioxide. Through a process Dyson says is similar to making beer or yogurt, their company, Kiverdi, combines air with nutrients, microorganisms, and renewable energy to create an “air protein” flour and a palm oil substitute that can be used to make foods and other materials. This year, Hayward, California-based Kiverdi spun off that business into a separate company, called Air Protein, which Dyson says is following a similar path to that of alternative-meat competitor Impossible Foods. Meanwhile, Kiverdi is focusing on ways to make plastic biodegradable, nutrify soil for agriculture, and create sustainable feed for farmed fish. --Sophie Downes

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