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Plants have played a vital role in human health for thousands of years, and we have yet to realize the full potential. Brightseed is a data company with the technology to do just that. We identify the hidden compounds in plants that can impact health and we bring these bio-actives to market across industries at a rate that was previously impossible.

South San Francisco, California
51-200 employees
Founded 2017

Pioneering a healthier path forward


There’s a world of plant knowledge unknown to the scientific community. Brightseed is an AI-driven data company on a mission to illuminate the biological connections between people and plants at the deepest level. Through a lens of nutrition and wellbeing, our goal is to identify the plant bioactives that advance human health.


Our values are at the core of how we act at Brightseed. They shape how we do our work and how we treat each other, and they are the principles that ground our company culture.


We seek knowledge, driven by our curiosity and desire to pursue fundamental understanding.


We trust that each of us is committed to the collective wellbeing and success of the team.


We bravely face challenges to explore uncharted territory and find new solutions.


We acknowledge that we do not have all the answers, so we seek input and different perspectives.


We produce tangible results, holding ourselves and each other accountable in the process.

Diversity & Inclusion

Join Us and Be YOU

We are a team of scientists, technologists, metabolomics experts, biologists, natural product chemists, doctors, process engineers, supply chain builders, business leaders, and finance gurus. We are also foodies, dog people, cat people, plant people, moms, dads, and lifelong learners.

We are committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of connectedness and inclusion. We grow and learn together, respecting different professional and personal experiences, areas of expertise, and types of self-expression.

In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that each one of us brings in terms of education, opinions, culture, color, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, religion, different abilities, sexual orientation and beliefs.


The Benefits You'll Enjoy

As a lab based company, where in person collaboration is key to drive innovation, we encourage all team members to be in our office most days each week. However we appreciate and honor the need and desire for flexibility and have implemented a hybrid working model. We have a fully stocked healthy kitchen, a gym onsite, plenty of free parking, weekly team events and a state-of-the-art lab and office.

We offer a competitive total rewards package with team-first benefits programs for full-time employees, including medical, dental and vision coverage, unlimited paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance programs, 401(k) plan, a mental health platform, employee discounts, payroll credits for cell phone and commuter costs and a paid parental leave program.


We are committed to making transformative discoveries with a team-first mentality. Successful team members are truth-seeking and trusting, with the tenacity required to trail blaze in uncharted territory. We are a collaborative team that actively seeks input and values differing perspectives. And we produce tangible results, holding ourselves accountable in the process. 

We are also committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of connectedness and inclusion. We grow and learn together, respecting professional and personal experiences, areas of expertise, and types of self-expression. 

Social impact

Champions of nature

Plants create small molecular compounds to communicate with their environment. Bioactives are a special type of plant compound that science knows are paramount in human health. Bioactives show up as antioxidants in blueberries, caffeine in tea, the active ingredient in aspirin, and even in some cancer drugs. However, there was no systematic, scalable way to uncover them — until now.

Brightseed was founded to address the world’s most pressing health challenges. We built Forager to understand nature more deeply than ever before. Our founders share the conviction that the answers for health lie in the natural world — we just needed to know how to look.

We are committed to advancing health by building an ecosystem that delivers bioactives — from agricultural crops to specialized ingredients to pharmaceuticals — to consumers. With every discovery we are growing Forager, the largest knowledge base of the connections between plant bioactives and human biology, and pioneering the next era of health.

Opportunities at Brightseed