Our Story

Defying Limits

 We’re inspiring a world where greatness is possible for everyone.

Our mission is to empower, educate, and elevate.
We are driving transformation from the inside out to maximize human potential.

Igniting a Movement


It all began with one question... How can decoding the microbiome of the most fit people in the world benefit the health and wellness of everyone?

This hypothesis—from a former collegiate basketball player who got his “PHD as a back-up for not making it to the NBA”—was the inception of a research initiative that started in a lab at the Wyss Institute and led to groundbreaking discoveries and our next-gen probiotics.

Igniting a Movement


It all began with one question... How can decoding the microbiome of the most fit people in the world benefit the health and wellness of everyone?

This hypothesis—from a former collegiate basketball player who got his “PHD as a back-up for not making it to the NBA”—was the inception of a research initiative that started in a lab at the Wyss Institute and led to groundbreaking discoveries and our next-gen probiotics.

We are unlocking human potential, bridging the gap between sports and science, bringing communities together, and inspiring the next generation of scientists.

Our Core Values Fueled with Purpose

INNOVATION

We are committed to continuously improving through ideas and perspectives.

LEADERSHIP

We have courage to think differently and intelligently challenge the status quo.

EVOLUTION

We are hypothesis testers, pragmatic through iteration, and driven towards optimization.

COMMUNITY

We use our voice to educate on the new, the now and the next. We are committed to making our ideas and technology accessible.

Defying Limits


WE ARE A TEAM of passionate scientists, athletes, storytellers, and health enthusiasts aiming to (r)evolutionize the way we understand and optimize our bodies.

WE BELIEVE in the power of sports and popular culture to inspire, motivate and ultimately bring communities together. We also believe in the power of the microbiome to drive holistic health and wellness.

WE ARE DECODING what is unique and enriched in the guts of elite athletes & high performers to bridge the gap between cutting edge microbiome technology and consumer health.

Our Nella-verse

OUR FOUNDING TEAM

Driven by passion, teamwork, and a common goal to use science to power athletes of all types.

JONATHAN SCHEIMAN, PHD

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

CAROLINA BARSA

CHIEF INNOVATION & GROWTH OFFICER

ALEX EVANS

VICE PRESIDENT OF ATHLETICS & PARTNERSHIPS

OUR SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS

Leaders in their industries advising on complex scientific processes that help us push the boundaries of what’s possible.

GEORGE CHURCH, PHD

PROFESSOR OF GENETICS, HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL FOUNDING MEMBER, WYSS INSTITUTE FOR BIOLOGICALLY INSPIRED ENGINEERING

ALEX KOSTIC, PHD

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY, HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
ASSISTANT INVESTIGATOR, JOSLIN DIABETES CENTER

RENEE WURTH, PHD, RDN

POPULATION HEALTH SCIENTIST & REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST

RALF JAGER, PHD, MBA, FISSN

PROBIOTIC DEVELOPMENT & CLINICAL RESEARCH

ALEJANDRO CHAVEZ, MD, PHD

CLINICAL PATHOLOGIST
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PATHOLOGY & CELL BIOLOGY, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

OUR QUORUM SENSORS

Leaders in business supporting innovation, story telling, community building, and connectivity.

VASCO BRIDGES

FINANCE & OPERATIONS

AARTI GOPAL

STRATEGY, MARKETING, & SALES

RICHIE CRUZ

PARTNERSHIPS & MARKETING

THOMAS HARRIS

CREATIVE & ADVERTISING

CHRIS MULLIN

HALL OF FAME PARTNERSHIPS

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