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WARWICK, United Kingdom, June 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gastón Paladini, Co-Founder and CEO of Moolec Science Limited (“Moolec”) attended the two-day Future Food-Tech Alternative Proteins Summit in New York this week, where he joined fellow industrial thought leaders, and highlighted the promise of Molecular Farming to helping address the challenge of food security.
“Moolec is a science-based food ingredient company, using Molecular Farming” Paladini told the summit in his presentation ‘Molecular Farming: Producing Meat Molecules with Plants’ on June 21. “We focus on scale and cost because that is the main goal: to feed the world, to feed more than 10 billion people in 2050. We are really focused on getting a more resilient, sustainable and equitable food system.”
The Future Food-Tech Alternative Proteins Summit was held from June 21 to 22, 2022 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge with participation from more than 800 people, both virtually and in person. Moolec’s CEO joined other C-Suite executives, investors, and entrepreneurs from all four corners of the globe to accelerate new partnerships and collaborate on opportunities.
Paladini’s speech showcased Moolec’s platform that expresses animal proteins by growing genetically engineered crops containing bovine and porcine proteins, and how this new technology can improve all aspects of meat alternatives, from how they are produced until the final customers’ experience.
Molecular Farming technology is unique in its ability to capitalize on the scale that extensive agriculture entails to achieve affordability. It is also cost-efficient because it leverages biology, using plants and their inputs – sun, water, and soil – as small factories for the production of animal proteins. The Company's first two products are Chymosin SPC, a bovine protein expressed in safflower that has curdling applications in the cheese industry, and gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), a nutritional oil technology sourced from Bioceres Crop Solutions (Nasdaq:BIOX)..
Moolec has accelerated product development efforts to widen its technology reach, by using the two crops that are most broadly used as protein alternatives – soy and peas – to develop actual meat proteins.
Through this type of “food hacking”, Molecular Farming promises to transform food production, Paladini said.
“We are food hackers,” Paladini told the summit. “We are hacking the system from the inside by using the link of the current value chain. But we reverse the logic. Instead of feeding animals with plant proteins, we could say that we are feeding plants with animal proteins.”
On June 15, 2022 Moolec announced the entry into a definitive agreement with LightJump Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: LJAQ; “LightJump”) for a business combination that would result in Moolec Science SA (the “Company”), a newly created affiliate of Moolec incorporated in Luxembourg, becoming a publicly listed company (the “Transaction”).
About Moolec Science
Moolec is a science-based ingredient company focused on producing real animal proteins in plants through Molecular Farming, a disruptive technology in the alternative protein landscape. Its purpose is to upgrade taste, nutrition, and affordability of alternative protein products while building a more sustainable and equitable food system. The company’s technological approach aims to have the cost structure of plant-based solutions with the organoleptic properties and functionality of animal-based ones. Moolec’s technology has been under development for more than a decade and is known for pioneering the production of a bovine protein in a crop for the food industry. Moolec is run by a diverse team of Ph.Ds and Food Insiders, and operates in the United States, Europe, and South America. For more information, visit www.moolecscience.com.
About LightJump Acquisition Corp.
LightJump is a Delaware blank check company incorporated on July 28, 2020 formed for the purpose of entering into a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, recapitalization, reorganization or other similar business combination with one or more target businesses. For more information, visit www.lightjumpcap.com/lightjump-acquisition-corp
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Important Additional Information Regarding the Transaction Will Be Filed With the SEC
In connection with the proposed transaction, the Company is expected to file a registration statement on Form F-4 with the SEC that will include a prospectus with respect to the Company’s securities to be issued in connection with the proposed transaction and a proxy statement with respect to the shareholder meeting of LightJump Acquisition Corp. to vote on the proposed transaction. Shareholders of LightJump Acquisition Corp. and other interested persons are encouraged to read, when available, the Form F-4, including the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus and amendments thereto and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and documents incorporated by reference therein as well as other documents to be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction because these documents will contain important information about LightJump Acquisition Corp., Moolec Science, and the proposed transaction. After the registration statement is declared effective, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus to be included in the registration statement will be mailed to shareholders of LightJump Acquisition Corp. as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed transaction. Once available, shareholders of LightJump Acquisition Corp. will also be able to obtain a copy of the F-4, including the proxy statement/prospectus, and other documents filed with the SEC without charge, by directing a request to: 101 Natoma St., 2F, San Francisco, CA 94105. The preliminary and definitive proxy statement/prospectus to be included in the registration statement, once available, can also be obtained, without charge, at the SEC’s website www.sec.gov.
Participants in the Solicitation
The Company and Moolec Science and their respective directors and executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies with respect to the potential transaction described in this communication under the rules of the SEC. Information about the directors and executive officers of LightJump Acquisition Corp. and their ownership is set forth in LightJump Acquisition Corp. ’s filings with the SEC, including its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and subsequent filings under section 16 of the Exchange Act or on Form 10-Q. Additional information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of LightJump Acquisition Corp.’s shareholders in connection with the potential transaction will be set forth in the registration statement containing the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus when those are filed with the SEC. These documents are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by directing a request to: 101 Natoma St., 2F, San Francisco, CA 94105.
No Offer or Solicitation
This communication is not a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the potential transaction and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Company or Moolec Science, nor shall there be any sale of any such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act.
Moolec Science Media Contacts
Moolec Science and LightJump Acquisition Corp. Investor Contact:
Michael Bowen, ICR, LLC