Our Team

Leading The Change

Fengru Lin

Co-Founder & CEO

Leveraging eight years of business development experience at Google, Salesforce, and UL, Fengru’s entrepreneurial acumen now drives TurtleTree’s mission to change the future of food and beverage.

Max Rye

Co-Founder & Chief Strategist

A former Silicon Valley business owner, Max is a veteran entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience managing and developing tech businesses

Dr. Aletta Schnitzler

Chief Scientific Officer

One of the world’s leading academics in cellular science, Aletta accrued over 15 years of experience at MilliporeSigma, where she served as their R&D Head of Cultured Meat.

Alex Pestalozzi

Chief Finance Officer

A pioneer in the alternative protein and dairy space with 15 years of finance and investment experience. Alex most recently served as Managing Director of Mueller Asia.

Dr. Shou C. Wong

Chief Innovation Officer

With 28 years in biotech, Shou has led business development and technology scouting initiatives for industry giants like Merck KGaA, Dow, and Life Technologies.

John Peirano

Chief Marketing Officer

A successful team leader with 18 years of experience building global brands like Muscle Milk and Red Bull. John has proven success scaling brands across B2B and B2C sales channels.

Fionna Lee

Chief People Officer

For the past 15 years, Fionna has successfully built company cultures and teams across Singapore, Shanghai, and Beijing.

Dr. Amanda Fischer

Director Of Strain Engineering

Co-holder of numerous patents with 15 years of experience leading teams at Novozymes, Amanda has successfully helped launch multiple products to market.

John Gibson

Director Of Manufacturing

John is a production and manufacturing expert with 23 years of experience. He has most recently led Merck’s cultivated meat operations.

Jung Yi

Director Of Automation

Jung is a scientist and engineer with 19 years of experience leading science, engineering, and data-related projects at Novozymes.

Dr. Vanessa Castagna

Director Of Scientific Affairs

Harnessing a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biology from UC Davis and 14 years in the field, Vanessa leads our clinical studies program and supports our business by facilitating key industry connections.

Leading The Change

Fengru Lin

Co-Founder & CEO

Leveraging eight years of business development experience at Google, Salesforce, and UL, Fengru’s entrepreneurial acumen now drives TurtleTree’s mission to change the future of food and beverage.

Max Rye

Co-Founder & Chief Strategist

A former Silicon Valley business owner, Max is a veteran entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience managing and developing tech businesses

Dr. Aletta Schnitzler

Chief Scientific Officer

One of the world’s leading academics in cellular science, Aletta accrued over 15 years of experience at MilliporeSigma, where she served as their R&D Head of Cultured Meat.

Alex Pestalozzi

Chief Finance Officer

A pioneer in the alternative protein and dairy space with 15 years of finance and investment experience. Alex most recently served as Managing Director of Mueller Asia.

Dr. Shou C. Wong

Chief Innovation Officer

With 28 years in biotech, Shou has led business development and technology scouting initiatives for industry giants like Merck KGaA, Dow, and Life Technologies.

John Peirano

Chief Marketing Officer

A successful team leader with 18 years of experience building global brands like Muscle Milk and Red Bull. John has proven success scaling brands across B2B and B2C sales channels.

Fionna Lee

Chief People Officer

For the past 15 years, Fionna has successfully built company cultures and teams across Singapore, Shanghai, and Beijing.

Dr. Amanda Fischer

Director Of Strain Engineering

Co-holder of numerous patents with 15 years of experience leading teams at Novozymes, Amanda has successfully helped launch multiple products to market.

John Gibson

Director Of Manufacturing

John is a production and manufacturing expert with 23 years of experience. He has most recently led Merck’s cultivated meat operations.

Jung Yi

Director Of Automation

Jung is a scientist and engineer with 19 years of experience leading science, engineering, and data-related projects at Novozymes.

Dr. Vanessa Castagna

Director Of Scientific Affairs

Harnessing a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biology from UC Davis and 14 years in the field, Vanessa leads our clinical studies program and supports our business by facilitating key industry connections.