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Novel Farms


Food and Agriculture


Berkeley, California



Nieves Martinez Marshall

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Novel Farms

Nieves Martinez Marshall joins Breakthrough Energy’s Innovator Fellows program from Novel Farms in Berkeley, CA. She has significant experience in molecular biology and has focused recently on commercializing cultivated meat. As CEO of Novel Farms, Nieves is responsible for the strategy, financing, and business development of their manufacturing process.

Novel Farms has developed a unique scaffolding technology that eliminates the need for expensive cell culture components for the creation of cultivated meat. This advancement not only significantly cuts production costs but also imparts the necessary structure for producing whole cuts of meat, thereby appealing to a broader consumer base while reducing the need for carbon-intensive industrial farming. The Breakthrough Energy Fellows program will help Novel Farms take the next step towards scaling its cultivated meat production.

Nieves obtained her Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a Master of Science in biochemistry from the University of Zaragoza in her home country of Spain. She moved to Germany to conduct research at the Max-Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine, and later, earned her Doctor of Philosophy in molecular and cell biology from Humboldt University of Berlin. Following her graduate studies, Nieves carried out postdoctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley.


What is your favorite word and why?
Grit. It succinctly captures a complex and important human trait that plays a significant role in personal growth, achievement, and success. It is particularly key when venturing into science and entrepreneurship.

What is the most impactful book that you have read?
“Advice for a young investigator” by Santiago Ramon y Cajal.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A research scientist.