Neil graduates from MIT with joint degrees in Chemical and Environmental engineering. With a desire to learn more about biology, he gets accepted to the PhD program in Biochemical Engineering at UC Berkeley.
Neil discovers ways of using biology to clean up contaminated ground and wastewaters.
Neil graduates from UC Berkeley and helps start Amyris with Kinkead Reiling, Jack Newman, Vince Martin and Jay Keasling with a goal of changing the way chemicals are made by using biology instead of petroleum.
Amyris receives a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a production process for an Artemisinin, the first-line treatment for malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.
Neil identifies a way to produce diesel fuel from sugar using the same technology used to make Artemisinin.
Neil is named one of the top 35 innovators under 35 by Technology Review for his work in producing artemisinin, fuels and chemicals from sugar.
Amyris licenses the production process for Artemisinin to Sanofi-Aventis for commercialization. Neil is the lead inventor on a series of patents related to producing renewable diesel and jet fuel.
Amyris has it’s IPO on the NASDAQ exchange.
Neil starts work at an investment firm that focuses on sustainable food production. His interest in food grows.
Sanofi begins distribution of Artemisinin made with the Amyris process, providing over 100 million treatments per year.
With solutions for medicine and the chemical industry under his belt, Neil begins searching for the next opportunity for impact and focuses on the food space.
Neil has the idea for plant based dairy products that are actually delicious and nutritious. He calls his friend, Adam. They start tinkering.
Adam graduates from Stanford. Eager & altruistic, he wants to work on environmental issues. Takes a job a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science.
Adam is a very small part of a very large team that defines the US’s targets under the Kyoto Protocol.
Adam starts Method with friend Eric Ryan to bring sustainable home cleaning to the masses through great design & premium performance.
Adam is making Method in his apartment and selling it door to door. Method hits its first shelf.
Method gains national distribution at Target.
Method named #7 on the Inc 500 list of fastest growing private companies in America.
Adam leads Method to become a founding B Corporation, sparking the movement to redefine success in business as social & environmental in addition to financial.
Method is named the 16th Most Innovative Business in the World by Fast Company.
To celebrate Method’s 10 year anniversary, Adam & Eric publish their second book «the method Method».
Adam is named one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40 Method joins forces with Ecover, creating the world’s largest green cleaning company.
Adam receives the Global Citizen Award from the Clinton Global Initiative for his pioneering work on sustainable business.
Method registers as the first benefit corporation in the all-important corporate state of Delaware.
Adam helps open the South Side Soapbox, quite possibly the world’s most sustainable factory, in Chicago.
Neil’s son and Adam’s daughter start asking them to bring home more “pea milk”. Ripple is born.