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Wellness encompasses 7 distinct dimensions of life – each of which will continue to re-write how we think about and formulate what we eat and drink:

Physical

A healthy body and quality of life including diet, nutrition, exercise and sleep

Emotional

Being in touch with, aware of and able to express one’s feelings

Intellectual

Engaging with the world through creativity and problem solving

Sensory

Experiences of Color, Aroma, Texture and Freshness that surprise and delight the senses

Social

Occasions that connect us with others and establish positive relationships with family, friends and community

Spiritual

Our search for meaning and purpose

Environmental

A healthy planet and ecosystem that’s free of hazards along with the role we play in bettering the earth by protecting its resources

When you begin by considering these dimensions, you naturally innovate your products and services differently and more holistically.

At Sweegen, we view wellness not just as the powerful outcome of our products, but as core to every aspect of our business.

The New

Sweegen
Innovation
Studio

Sweegen is a full-service product developer who is reimagining the world of wellness by pioneering exciting new ingredient technologies and innovations.

Our new Innovation Studio reflects our deep values. Relevance. Responsiveness. Rapid problem solving. And a relentless commitment to, and pursuit of, a culture of excellence.

We are a team of visionaries that share an insatiable curiosity and optimism about the future.

We are bold, yet balanced in our approach. We look across the entire landscape to understand which trends are true – not trite – and then provide imaginative solutions that authentically satisfy those behavioral drivers.

We believe that wellness also involves healthy human relationships. In an era where it’s easy to zoom through the day without direct personal contact, Sweegen continues to believe in one-on-one customized care. Therefore, our contact with you is always personal even if it is not always in person.

Our Innovation Studios are open globally: Southern California, Mexico City, London and Singapore (coming soon). Come visit and find a world of wellness innovation.

All’s Well
That Starts
Well

Our expertise in manufacturing and investment in technology and science give our team a strong market advantage.


Our exclusive licensing agreement with Boston-based, R&D powerhouse Conagen gives us early access to the most cutting-edge technologies. The Conagen research and development teams specialize in molecular biology and scale up for commercial use.

Our expertise in Bioconversion Technology enables us to have the most diverse portfolio of non-GMO, in-demand solutions. And our new product pipeline and access to innovation are unmatched in the industry.

We hold over 27 issued patents for sweetener molecules, along with proprietary know-how (shhh – it’s a trade secret) providing us with an unrivaled foundation for the commercial production of next-generation Stevia sweeteners.

We offer a global approach to regulatory compliance.

Our highly efficient manufacturing process ensures sustained availability, scalability, consistent quality and competitive pricing.

And our vertical integration, large capacity and food grade GMP facilities in Europe and Asia ensure continuous production and quality standards.

Sustainability

Sweegen is all about respecting the world for future generations.

That’s why we produce our Signature Stevia ingredients from sustainably-sourced Stevia leaves, and not from GMO corn or sugar beets. Since the best tasting molecules are in such small quantities in the leaves, we use our Bioconversion Technology to produce a range of zero calorie sweeteners from Stevia Leaves with assured quality, regulatory compliance and competitive prices.

Our proprietary process also enables efficient land use and allows us to support farmers by using their stevia harvest. Our goal is to bring the best of nature to our clients and your end-customers by ensuring sustainable production and a straightforward, transparent manufacturing process.

California Provenance

California is the epi-center of both innovation and the health and wellness way of life. And this heritage is deeply ingrained in our attitudes and approaches.

We invite you to join us at our home in Rancho Santa Margarita in Orange County, California. Once you explore our picturesque parks, pristine lakes, sandy beaches and wilderness preserves, you’ll understand our true nature.

You’ll find our warm kitchen a welcome setting to cook up your latest concepts. And a far cry from the cold, over-industrialized labs you may have experienced in the past.

Management  Team

Steven Chen

Steven Chen

Chief Executive Officer

Shari Mahon

Shari B Mahon

Head of Global Innovation

Sally Aaron

Sally Aaron

Head of Global Marketing

Jeremy Klaperman

Jeremy Klaperman

Chief Financial Officer

Luca Giannone

Luca Giannone

Head of Global Sales

Lucas Wenthe

Lucas Wenthe

Head of Global Corporate Development

Kristin Neubauer

Kristin Neubauer

Head of Global Human Resources

Jinshu Zhang

John Zhang

General Counsel

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Steven Chen

Steven Chen

Chief Executive Officer

Founder of five different companies including Sweegen, Inc., Steven Chen is an entrepreneur and businessperson who has been in the biotechnology sector for over 25 years. Steven has continuously owned and operated the companies he has founded by serving in various roles including President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. Currently, Steven holds the position of CEO at Sweegen.

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Shari Mahon

Shari B Mahon

Head of Global Innovation

Shari leads the company’s global innovation portfolio and operations, focusing specifically on working directly with clients to deliver great-tasting, healthier food and beverage options for their consumers and expanding and strengthening their brand position. Prior to joining Sweegen in 2018, Shari held various executive roles in the flavor industry focusing on domestic and global innovation with a proven track record in commercializing flavor and ingredient technologies. Shari has been a successful senior leader in product and process development, global innovation and business development for 33 years and worked for Brown Forman, Flavorman, Sensient, Firmenich, Mane, Senomyx and Chromocell. Shari received her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky and an Executive MBA from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ.

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Sally Aaron

Sally Aaron

Head of Global Marketing

Sally leads Sweegen’s marketing strategy and execution globally. She is a passionate promoter of food ingredients and her commitment to helping food and beverage customers make products that are better for consumers is the foundation of her 18+ years in food ingredient marketing. Prior to joining Sweegen in 2019, Sally worked across a range of branded new-to-the-world ingredients from high intensity sweeteners like stevia to algae proteins and oils to a range of nutraceutical ingredients. She has deep expertise in working with large multinational food ingredient companies like Cargill and their biggest customers, and is equally at home with small, fast-moving start-ups. Guided by a core belief that food innovation can improve health and wellness, Sally is excellent in translating ingredient benefits into compelling concepts and messages that ultimately deliver functional, better-for-you food and beverages. Sally received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Virginia.

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Jeremy Klaperman

Jeremy Klaperman

Chief Financial Officer

Jeremy has 20 years of experience at leading global financial institutions. Prior to joining Sweegen as Chief Financial Officer, Jeremy was a Portfolio Manager at Citadel, leading a team investing in U.S. public equities. Prior to Citadel, Jeremy was a Vice President at D.E. Shaw, leading a team investing in global public equities. His previous experience also includes positions at HBK Capital, Karsch Capital and Perry Capital. Jeremy began his career in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, where he focused on initial public offerings (IPOs), mergers and acquisitions, and other financing transactions throughout the United States and Asia. He graduated cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

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Luca Giannone

Luca Giannone

Head of Global Sales

Luca leads the company’s global sales activities. Luca is an accomplished commercial and business development executive with 20 years of experience in building, developing, and managing businesses and teams of different sizes from start up through maturity. His background combines expertise in global sales, marketing operations, finance and manufacturing, with leadership experience spanning multiple international markets. Luca is an experienced strategist and innovator with a demonstrated ability to create value, forge strategic partnerships and interact efficiently with C-Level Officers. He received a Master’s Degree (Honor’s) in Geology-Crystallography from the ETH in Zurich (Switzerland) and speaks English, German and Italian fluently.

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Lucas Wenthe

Lucas Wenthe

Head of Global Corporate Development

Before joining the company in 2018, Lucas was General Counsel for Bonutti Technologies, a family office focused on medical device innovation. Previously he worked as an associate for Armstrong Teasdale where his practice focused on Intellectual Property as a patent attorney. Lucas received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Illinois State University and his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University.

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Kristin Neubauer

Kristin Neubauer

Head of Global Human Resources

Kristin executes Human Resources globally for Sweegen, with a passion for company culture and getting things done. Prior to Sweegen, Kristin has lead HR for software and technology companies including Greenwave Systems, which had a footprint in Irvine CA, Demark and Singapore, and for Horizon Communications, a wi-fi installer across the US and UK. She began her career 22 years ago in various roles across the business development sector, predominantly Project Management, and discovered her greatest strength while working as Human Resources at RED Digital Cinema in 2009. Kristin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of San Diego.

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Jinshu Zhang

John Zhang

General Counsel

John practiced corporate law and dispute resolution for 28 years with major international law firms including Jones Day, Greenberg Traurig, Reed Smith and Dentons. He received his bachelor’s from Peking University, master’s from University of Hawaii and UCLA, and Juris Doctorate from UC Berkeley.

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