Federico Tripodi


Calyxt Inc.




In 2017, the New Brighton-based ag company Calyxt accomplished something few Minnesota companies have done in recent years: It went public. Shortly after a successful $64 million raise from its IPO, CEO Tripodi kicked off construction of what his company’s calling “the only ‘concept-to-fork’ facility of its kind,” set to open next spring aside its Roseville headquarters. The facility will not only provide Calyxt with research labs and a test kitchen to demo its foods, which it creates using cutting-edge gene-editing technology, but will also nearly quadruple its staff.