Where we come from

Dr. Tom Simmons founded The Supplant Company in 2017. It all started with plant science and the ambition to do something important…

2021

June

The Supplant Company launches Supplant™ sugars from fiber with seven Michelin-starred chef, Thomas Keller. Ice cream, shortbreads and chocolate sprinkles containing Supplant™ demonstrate just some of the diverse products and categories in which Supplant™ performs. Lucky visitors to Yountville get to be the first to experience a free scoop.

2021

January

Having completed the fundraising we start our second big recruitment drive, building our Cambridge, UK team further and recruiting our first US employees.

2020

December

We close a $17M Series A investment round, again bringing onboard investors from around the world.

2019

January

Having completed the fundraising we start our first recruitment drive, building our Cambridge, UK team. We go from two to ten in the first 6 months.

2018

September

Following the completion of the Y Combinator programme, we bring our first investors onboard in a $5M Seed investment round.

2018

May

Knowing that we would need investors to take the company to the next level, we pitch to the Y Combinator start-up accelerator programme in California. With a lot of ambition, a grand vision, a patent filed, and a small sample of white powder as a proof of principle… we are accepted into the programme.

2018

February

Having understood the particular difficulties of reducing and replacing sugar in food products (as opposed to beverages), Tom for the first time finds a problem that he’s prepared to really commit his life to solving. After some frantic months of assembling the foundation of a solution to the problem, we file our first patent on the production of sugars from fiber. 

2017

February

The Supplant Company is officially incorporated in the UK. For the first year of its life it operates from research labs of the University of Cambridge.

2016

October

Tom is awarded a Fellowship at Cambridge and begins developing the idea that would become The Supplant Company. For the first 9 months Tom explores a number of different ideas. He knows that in order to devote himself to it, it needs to have huge potential, be good for people and be good for the planet. But at this point, he doesn’t know what exactly the company should do.

2015

October

Tom decides to focus on starting a business as a way to realise impact from plant science and so begins studies at Judge Business School.

2013

May

Founder and CEO Dr Tom Simmons arrives at the University of Cambridge to study plant science as a postdoctoral researcher. He arrives aiming to drive forward scientific research that would have impact in the world through the power of plants, but at this point still plans to do so as a Professor.