A Formula 5 Years in the Making

Like breast milk, infant formula has to be a magical superfood that gives baby everything he or she needs. That’s why we spent over 5 years working to make the best possible first formula for baby.

SEPTEMBER 2016

The Beginning

Ron Belldegrun and Mia Funt realized that the infant formula industry needed to do better for babies. Breast milk research was moving faster than new product innovation, with three companies owning approximately 90% of the market.

Together, they embarked on (what would become) a five-year journey to baby’s first food—with no compromises.

2016 - 2017

Building an Ecosystem of Experts

We recruited world-class doctors, pediatric researchers, seasoned formula experts, dedicated blendmasters, quality obsessives, regulatory veterans, data wonks, storytellers, designers, and passionate parents.

2017 - 2018

R&D, More R&D, and...Manufacturing!

Our team began to grow, applying leading research to our unique formulation. We built quality systems and supplier approval requirements from the ground up, traveled the world for like-minded ingredient and farm partners, and refined our small batch approach to ensure we knew how to retain the quality and benefit of every ingredient.

April 2019 - June 2021

Clinical Trial

We embarked upon the largest clinical trial by a new infant formula brand in over 25 years, and even included a breast milk reference arm to ensure our nutrition (and the benefits it offers) holds up to nature’s gold standard, rather than to just another formula on the market.

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September 2019

Creating Our Facility

We realized that in order to create the formula of our dreams, we needed to customize our facility to our proprietary process. So we acquired a manufacturing facility in Reading, PA, and upgraded it to provide the very best conditions for our brand new infant formula— becoming only the 4th fully integrated, FDA-registered infant nutrition brand in the US (and the first new one in decades!).

June 2021

Our First Launch

As part of our dedication to being true parent partners, we launched Cluster, a first-of-its-kind online community dedicated to feeding support, resources, and connection between parents—not to mention free access to experts across the prenatal to postpartum journey.

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July 2021

Clean Label Project Certification

Our dedication and hard work set a new standard for quality sourcing and manufacturing. Our Whole Nutrition Infant Formula was given the first-ever Clean Label Project Certification for an infant formula in the US (and won their highest tier “Purity Award,” too).

July - October 2021

Clinical Trial Results

We got the results to see how our formula measured up against both formula-fed and breast-fed babies— and they were as spectacular as we had hoped.

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December 2021 - March 2022

FDA Registration and Our First Formula Launch

After five years of crying over spilled milk (half kidding), we registered with the FDA and launched our Whole Nutrition Infant Formula to the blissful cries of stressed out parents everywhere.

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The ByHeart Bar

We promise to hold ourselves to the highest standards of parent partnership. That means...

No-Compromise Nutrition

Our recipes focus on highest quality nutrition and most wholesome ingredients—because for baby's first formula, “clean” alone is not enough.

Farm-to-Formula Accountability

We are committed to hand-picked ingredients, direct sourcing, and proprietary quality retention at every step. And we are proud to offer parents transparency into our unique farm to formula journey.

Supporting Well-Fed, However You Do It

No matter which feeding decision is the right one for your family, we’ll make sure you and baby are supported through every step of your experience, with education, resources, and of course the highest quality products.

Working Towards a Better Feeding Future

We’re here to transform baby nutrition, but we can’t do it without supporting our industry, from ground up. That means we are dedicated to innovating and working at the local, state, and federal levels.

our family

Meet the ByHeart Team

Ron Belldegrun

CEO & Co-Founder

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Ron Belldegrun

CEO & Co-Founder

“I started ByHeart with my sister Mia because I believe that proactive health should start on day 1 with the best nutrition for babies during this most critical stage of development. I was inspired by the opportunity to bring together the world’s pediatric nutrition experts, best-in-class ingredient partners and our passionate and experienced team to translate leading breast milk research into next-generation baby nutrition. My baby girl Zoa is my everything and she, and all babies, deserve to start their journeys with the strongest foundation for health.”

Ron brings over a decade of investing experience in Healthcare and Infant Formula. Prior to ByHeart, Ron founded Consumer Health Ventures (CHV), a company that invests in businesses that improve lives. Prior to CHV, Ron spent 8 years at Visium Asset Management, a healthcare focused investment fund where he was responsible for a $1B portfolio across Pharmaceutical and Consumer Health investments. Ron graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Major in Biological Basis of Behavior and a Minor in Healthcare Management in Wharton. Ron is an active board member of the Vagelos Lifescience and Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania / Wharton. He has also been a member of the International Milk Genomics Consortium (IMGC) Steering Committee since 2021.

Parent Hack?
“There can’t be a healthy and happy baby without a healthy and happy parent! Don’t forget to take care of yourself! ”

Mia Funt

President & Co-Founder

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Mia Funt

President & Co-Founder

“I’m so moved by the intimacy and connection that comes from feeding my baby, and feel strongly that every parent deserves to experience this ritual with calm and total peace of mind. I started this company with Ron to empower parents in an overwhelming but beautiful time in their lives – by fostering a new conversation around feeding that is reassuring, intimate, and real.”

Before co-founding ByHeart, Mia was Director of Global Business Development & Partnerships and Global Product Marketing at Huffington Post, AOL, and Verizon, respectively, where she helped brands grow large and loyal audiences online with the power of data & analytics, ad targeting and creative brand executions. Mia has consulted for The Gates Foundation East Africa Coffee Initiative and is an active board member of TechnoServe, a 50-year-old organization that works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. Mia graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Major in Political Science and Minor in Philosophy.

Parent Hack?
“Like all moms, I’m constantly juggling and recalibrating. Let’s not strive for ‘perfect balance.’ Let’s strive for a rhythm that works today – knowing it may not tomorrow!”

Devon Kuehn, MD

Chief Medical Officer

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Devon Kuehn, MD

Chief Medical Officer

As a board-certified pediatrician and neonatologist, Devon believes that early nutrition is the foundation for lifelong health. She oversees clinical development, medical affairs, and pharmacovigilance at ByHeart, and is excited to empower both medical and parental communities with greater clarity around infant nutrition and the science behind ByHeart’s products.

Devon joined ByHeart from Paidion Research, the only dedicated pediatric clinical research organization in the US, where she served as the Chief Medical Officer and was the medical monitor on numerous clinical trials. A majority of Devon’s academic career was at East Carolina University, where she built a research program for the Department of Pediatrics. Devon’s completed her medical training while serving in the US military. She earned her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University and completed her pediatric residency and neonatal fellowship training at Walter Reed.

Parent hack?
“Children just want to be heard. Be present and listen. You will be amazed.”

Elyssa Dimant

Chief Brand & Communications Officer

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Elyssa Dimant

Chief Brand & Communications Officer

As a seasoned brand leader and passionate storyteller, Elyssa is focused on building an impassioned community at ByHeart. She oversees all brand marketing, creative and communications, and specializes in strategic positioning and customer engagement. Elyssa is excited to invigorate the baby nutrition market and inspire parents everywhere to join ByHeart’s feeding revolution.

Elyssa started her career at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, has served as an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design, School for Visual Arts, and The Cooper‐Hewitt Masters Program, and has authored five books about fashion history, art and culture for Harper Collins. She has been featured as a historian and retail industry expert on Vogue.com, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Vogue, W and WWD magazines, and has contributed to the launch and growth of a number of brands, including Net-A-Porter, Victoria Beckham, Banana Republic, Kiehl’s, as the founding marketing lead for HATCH, and most recently as the Vice President of Brand, Digital Experience and Communications for J.Crew. Elyssa is married to an Israeli who looks French, and is a mama to two boys, two fish and a lizard. She will probably have to get a dog someday.

Parent Hack?
“Keep it light: funny voices, silly faces, and bribery…always bribery.”

Hilary Sibert

SVP of Quality

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Hilary Sibert

SVP of Quality

Hilary brings 19 years of leadership experience in the infant and toddler formula and nutrition sectors across quality, regulatory and R&D. Hilary joined ByHeart to build a stringent and sustainable quality program that raises the bar on quality, safety and compliance standards from farm to formula. She plays a leadership role in product development, production and operations from ingredient procurement through final product release.

Prior to joining ByHeart, Hilary was nearly 2 decades at Perrigo/PBM’s infant nutrition and medical product businesses. As one of the earlier employees at PBM, she supported the development and execution of quality systems, clinical trials, R&D, and regulatory filings. She also played a supportive role in the acquisition and integration of two significant infant formula manufacturing facilities in the country. Hilary leads her teams with a focus on proactive quality and safety and a commitment to continuous improvement and accountability. She graduated from Bridgewater College with a BS in Biology.

Parent Hack?
“Don’t forget that everyone can help burp your baby.”

Jeanne Hoskin, PhD

VP of Regulatory

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Jeanne Hoskin, PhD

VP of Regulatory

ByHeart’s first hire in 2017, Dr. Jeanne Hoskin brings 34 years of leadership experience from global infant formula companies, such as Nestle, Wyeth, and Pfizer Nutrition, in regulatory, product development and nutrition research. Jeanne not only leads ByHeart’s regulatory and FDA strategy, but also supports company-wide training and system development to ensure we are consistently meeting the highest bar for safety and complying with global infant formula regulations. She also works with marketing on data and evidence-based product claims and nutrition education. Jeanne reminds us daily that we are feeding our most vulnerable population.

At Nestle, Jeanne was Executive Director of Global Regulatory Strategy for 15 years and stewarded regulatory product submissions for global markets including China, Mexico, Indonesia, and Europe. She was also an independent regulatory consultant in food and pharma, specializing in baby nutrition and medical foods. A woman of many talents, Jeanne’s passions extend to cooking, painting, antiquing and caring for her new grandson.

Parent Hack?
“The tone you use with your baby is understood and important – so use it to help your baby sleep at night!”

Marcus Jordan

VP of Supply Operations

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Marcus Jordan

VP of Supply Operations

Marcus joins the ByHeart Team as VP of Supply Operations, where he works on building a robust, safe, and reliable supply chain. Passionate about helping bring innovative feeding choices to parents with complete transparency, he is excited to help further ByHeart’s mission in making no compromise nutrition for the next generation.

An experienced leader with more than 23 years of experience, Marcus garnered a wealth of knowledge through his time at Mead Johnson Nutrition, where he held key roles in operations, new product launches, large capital projects, plant efficiency, and continuous improvement. Marcus graduated from Grand Valley State University in Public Administration (BS) with emphasis in Health Science and Computer Science, and also attended Ohio State University, where he received a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

Parenting Hack?
“Learn to laugh at yourself, your kids most certainly will! Laughter is always good medicine! Enjoy every moment you can because it passes by so quickly!”

Christine Fu

VP of Commercial Business Development

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Christine Fu

VP of Commercial Business Development

Christine leads our commercial business development strategy with a focus on driving scalable impact through thoughtful and curated third-party relationships. She is excited to be working at a mission-driven company focused on improving options for parents during one of life’s most vulnerable stages.

She brings with her a decade of experience leading business development at both traditional and disruptive companies—most recently leading partnerships at Blue Apron— and has worked in digital strategy and business development at media companies including Scholastic, AOL, IDG and Viacom. Christine graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. She enjoys cooking and baking (finally mastered that sourdough!), traveling, and is currently learning to fly-fish. She’s also the type of dog mom who throws birthday parties and dresses her corgi (Sallie!) up for Halloween.

Parenting Hack?
“Taking a break is necessary, and sitting in the car can be a great place to get some “me” time :)”

DJ Archuleta

Sr. Director of Digital Product

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DJ Archuleta

Sr. Director of Digital Product

DJ joins ByHeart as the Senior Director of Digital Product. He is passionate about building digital experiences that are focused on the customer first, and evolve to better serve babies (and their parents).

Before joining ByHeart, DJ built his career leading digital product development at Food52, Care.com, JetBlue, Cheapoair, Bond, AT&T Wireless, and Qwest Communications. Originally from Colorado, he earned both an MBA and a BS in Business from the University of Colorado Boulder before moving to NY in 2010. During his spare time, DJ loves to snowboard, ice skate, and golf (he even makes his own clubs).

Parenting Hack?
“No one knows what they’re doing (just ask your parents!) so just trust yourself and your own intuition.”

Gyan Rai, PhD

Sr. Director of Regulatory Affairs

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Gyan Rai, PhD

Sr. Director of Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Gyan P. Rai joined ByHeart as the Director of Regulatory Affairs in July 2020. Dr. Rai is a reputed scientist and a skilled leader with over 20 years of experience in related fields.

Gyan holds a B.Tech in Chemical Technology, a PhD in Biochemistry, and an MBA in Pharmaceutical Management. Dr. Rai used novel molecular biology techniques to pioneer directed evolution mutations of the chloroperoxidase enzyme as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. These new forms of the enzyme were important in chemical synthesis of pharmaceutical drug intermediates. Gyan began his industry career at ADM using metabolic engineering to produce lactate for use as biodegradable polymers. Gyan was the founding Chair of the Biotechnology program at Ivy Tech Community College. Gyan established bioanalytical capability at Mead Johnson developing several novel bioassays to characterize human and bovine milk. Dr. Rai led a Regulatory team launching across several product categories including infant formulas, medical foods, foods, OTCs, and dietary supplements.

Gyan is a recognized expert in Biochemistry, Enzymology, Proteins, and Lipids. Gyan has presented at several national and international meetings on various topics including Probiotics, Medical Foods, and Nutrition.

Parent Hack?
“Patience and encouragement are the best tools to drive motivation and success- not only in parenting, but also in daily life.”

Samantha Smith

Sr. Director of Supply Management

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Samantha Smith

Sr. Director of Supply Management

As Director of Quality Operations and Supply Management, Samantha is focused on building strong relationships with suppliers and optimizing the supply chain to ensure only the highest-quality ingredients for infants and total transparency for parents. She brings over 10 years of experience in infant nutrition operations and previously managed a supply chain team for the nutritional division of PBM and Perrigo. While in this role, Samantha was directly responsible for overseeing planning through to product launch and replenishment of multiple product lines for several key accounts.

Samantha is an instrumental part of the Quality department and provides support from the initial engagement with a supplier and throughout all stages of product development. Samantha graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise.

Parent Hack?
“Go with your gut. You will get TONS of advice, from doctors, family, other parents, friends, internet, media…it can be overwhelming! The bottom line is you have to do what is best for you, your baby, your family.”

Heather MacNaughton

Sr. Director of Regulatory Audit Compliance

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Heather MacNaughton

Sr. Director of Regulatory Audit Compliance

Heather MacNaughton is ByHeart’s Sr. Director of Regulatory Audit Compliance and is responsible for all the quality system do’s and don’t’s! Prior to joining ByHeart, Heather had overseen many successful audits with regulatory agencies, retailers and certifying bodies. In Her 36 years in Quality leadership roles at Wyeth, PBM Nutritionals, and Perrigo Nutritionals she led focused teams that were responsible for food safety, quality, compliance and continuous improvement initiatives. Her experience in infant formula manufacturing is unparallel and instrumental to ByHeart’s Organization. Heather graduated from Plattsburgh State University of NY with a BA in Biology with a Microbiology concentration and a Chemistry minor.

Parent Hack?
“Horses are wonderful teachers.”

Nancy Edwards

Sr. Director of Medical Education

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Nancy Edwards

Sr. Director of Medical Education

Prior to joining ByHeart as the Senior Director of Medical Education, Nancy led the medical education and key opinion leader management programs as the Associate Director, Medical Education for twelve years at Reckitt | Mead Johnson Nutrition.

Nancy was a Vice President at Goble & Associates, a Chicago, IL advertising and medical communications agency; Business Unit Director at Discovery Chicago, a Publicis Groupe medical education agency based in Chicago, IL; and Senior Anesthesia and Critical Care Marketing Manager, District Manager, National Sales Trainer, Contract Analyst, and Anesthesia-Critical Care Sales Specialist in the Hospital and Pharmaceutical Products Divisions of Abbott Laboratories in Chicago, IL

Nancy received an MHA from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, DC, an MBA in Marketing from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL and a BA in Biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

In her spare time Nancy is a certified green belt in Value-Based Health Care. She supports value-based health care education and program implementation as the Value-Based Health Care Center Europe USA Ambassador.

Nancy, her husband (Richard), son (John), and Springer Spaniel (Monty) live in Madison, Alabama.

Ann Power

Sr. Director of People & HR

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Ann Power

Sr. Director of People & HR

As the first People hire at ByHeart, Ann brings over eight years of human resources experience to the team. Ann is very passionate about the ByHeart mission, and dedicated to fortifying and enriching our community. Prior to joining ByHeart, Ann was the former Head of HR for D2C startup Rockets of Awesome, and has also held people roles at Stuart Weitzman, Stella McCartney and Flight Club. Ann graduated with a BA in History, Minor in Spanish from Fordham University.

While at “Rockets,” Ann developed a keen interest in parents’ consumer needs and learned a great deal about experiences that are fun and engaging for the entire family. She successfully applied these learnings to both corporate and retail storefront staffing efforts there, and looks forward to cultivating a similar family-focused culture and team at ByHeart.

Parenting Hack?
“Don’t take yourself too seriously. Kids certainly don’t!”

Kendra Inman

Sr. Creative Director

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Kendra Inman

Sr. Creative Director

An award-winning Creative Director and strategic thinker, Kendra brings a wealth of experience creating unique and meaningful brand experiences to the ByHeart team. She is inspired by ByHeart’s dedication to considering every detail in order to build better nutrition for babies and excited to make feeding solutions accessible for all families.

A unique creative with a science background, she has a passion for making complex ideas accessible and meaningful for audiences. She began her design career at the celebrated green design studio, Celery Design Collaborative, where she was integral to developing their approach to sustainable design.

She brings 20 years of experience launching and building brands with a unique point of view, including Roxy/Quiksilver, Hello.Me, Countertop Foods, Joe Biden’s podcast Biden’s Briefing, the NYSE, and most recently, Dollar Shave Club. Having launched several businesses of her own, Kendra marries the mindset of an owner with that of a customer evangelist to create work that is both effective and engaging. A recent transplant from Los Angeles, you will most likely find her joyfully riding the subway or walking through nearby Prospect Park.

Parenting Hack?“Whatever choices you are making for you and your family—if they are grounded in love—are the right ones.”

Jit Wilkhu

Sr. Director of Product Development

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Jit Wilkhu

Sr. Director of Product Development

Jit brings over a decade of experience innovating new and novel formulations. He is passionate about bringing innovation and science to the infant nutrition space and believes we can make a difference to this industry. Most recently, Jit came from GW Pharmaceuticals where he was the Innovation and Development Lead on Cannabinoid Formulations for Paediatrics. At this role, Jit provided a key success by inventing and developing the first intravenous cannabinoid drug product that could be administered to new born babies suffering from Hypoxia at birth. Prior to his pharmaceutical career, Jit received his doctorate at Aston University in novel technologies for influenza vaccines where he participated in successfully developing an influenza vaccine that could be delivered orally without the need for cold chain storage.

Parenting Hack: Lots of outdoor play results in toddler sleeping quicker and for longer! Also great for brain development.

Caroline Doyle

Controller

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Caroline Doyle

Controller

With over 10 years of experience supporting accounting and financial operations in both public and private companies, Caroline is thrilled to join the ByHeart team as Assistant Controller. She is excited to develop key policies and procedures that support ByHeart’s values.

Caroline is an alumni of both Glossier’s and Casper’s finance departments, focusing on scalable accounting operations and financial reporting throughout high growth periods. When she is not hitting the boxing bag, she spends her time volunteering with various organizations that support underserved families in the New York City area.

Parenting Hack?
“Take a deep breath and try to remember that you are an amazing parent!”

Halley Furlong-Mitchell

Director of Content

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Halley Furlong-Mitchell

Director of Content

An award-winning poet, writer, and content strategist, Halley joined the ByHeart team as Content Director to guide the brand’s unique voice and education-minded approach to content across all consumer channels.

Halley brings a wealth of experience to the ByHeart team, with a pedigree leading content strategy and brand writing in the health, wellness, nutrition, and supplement industry at companies such as Sakara Life, The Nue Co., and Care/of. She is passionate about making feeding solutions accessible for all families, everywhere, and is excited to support ByHeart’s mission to empower parents and families with the information and resources they need. When she’s not vigorously defending the Oxford comma, Halley can be found walking in Prospect Park with her ten-year-old dog, Leo.

Parent Hack?

“Even when everything seems to be going wrong, just take a long, deep breath—your baby will feel the shift and follow.”

Kate Berg

Director of Community

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Kate Berg

Director of Community

As the Director of Community, Kate is passionate about creating ByHeart’s halo of impact and a community of advocates, champions, and friends. She joined ByHeart in 2019 with a passion for increasing access for all parents to healthier nutrition options. She has spent the last fifteen years working in marketing and strategic partnerships across categories from Fashion to CPG to Health & Wellness, and most recently helped guide Thrive Market’s Business Development team.

Kate created the UCLA Lab Party, an annual fundraiser to support next-generation research for UCLA’s Department of Neurosurgery, of which she sits on the board. Kate graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Diplomatic History.

Parent Hack?

“Treat everyone who helps you like royalty.”

Alexandra Pasanen

Director of Parent Experience

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Alexandra Pasanen

Director of Parent Experience

Alexandra enthusiastically joins ByHeart as the founding member of the Parent Experience department after establishing the CX teams at Away and Magic Spoon. Accustomed to building best-in-class Customer Experience teams from scratch at high growth organizations, Alexandra is excited to bring that energy to ByHeart’s parents and caregivers. She believes that the best care is rooted in compassion, empathy, listening, and proactive action.

Alexandra (or as her friends call her, Xandie) has lived in New York since 2013 and has found her home for her and her 10-year old Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Albie, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. At home, her “customer experience” centers around cooking and hosing dinner parties for friends and family. If she’s not prepping her next meal, she’s running, doing yoga, reading, and occasionally stopping for a moment to breathe and take it all in!

Parent Hack: “Therapy!”

Diana Orenstein

Director of Medical Science

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Diana Orenstein

Director of Medical Science

As a mother and a registered dietitian nutritionist, Diana is extremely passionate about feeding parents, children, and families. After fifteen years in research and clinical practice, Diana is excited to bring her passion for healthcare and nutrition to her role as medical writer at ByHeart. Diana has worked at several prestigious hospitals, including Mass General Hospital and Newton Wellesley Hospital in Boston, and is the founder of Fresh Start Women’s Nutrition, a private nutrition practice specializing in Women’s Health.

Along with her nutrition credentials, Diana holds a Master’s Degree in Education. A strong advocate for evidence-based practice, Diana brings to ByHeart a passion for educating both healthcare providers and parents. Diana serves as a member of the board of directors of Parent Talk, a local-non profit supporting the needs of parents in her community.

Parenting Hack?
“Never underestimate the value of play”. Alternate: “When all else fails, just put them in the bath.”

Our board of directors

Ron Belldegrun

CEO & Co-Founder

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Ron Belldegrun

CEO & Co-Founder

“I started ByHeart with my sister Mia because I believe that proactive health should start on day 1 with the best nutrition for babies during this most critical stage of development. I was inspired by the opportunity to bring together the world’s pediatric nutrition experts, best-in-class ingredient partners and our passionate and experienced team to translate leading breast milk research into next-generation baby nutrition. My baby girl Zoa is my everything and she, and all babies, deserve to start their journeys with the strongest foundation for health.”

Ron brings over a decade of investing experience in Healthcare and Infant Formula. Prior to ByHeart, Ron founded Consumer Health Ventures (CHV), a company that invests in businesses that improve lives. Prior to CHV, Ron spent 8 years at Visium Asset Management, a healthcare focused investment fund where he was responsible for a $1B portfolio across Pharmaceutical and Consumer Health investments. Ron graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Major in Biological Basis of Behavior and a Minor in Healthcare Management in Wharton. Ron is an active board member of the Vagelos Lifescience and Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania / Wharton.

Parent Hack?

“There can’t be a healthy and happy baby without a healthy and happy parent! Don’t forget to take care of yourself! ”

Mia Funt

President & Co-Founder

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Mia Funt

President & Co-Founder

“I’m so moved by the intimacy and connection that comes from feeding my baby, and feel strongly that every parent deserves to experience this ritual with calm and total peace of mind. I started this company with Ron to empower parents in an overwhelming but beautiful time in their lives – by fostering a new conversation around feeding that is reassuring, intimate, and real.”

Before co-founding ByHeart, Mia was Director of Global Business Development & Partnerships and Global Product Marketing at Huffington Post, AOL, and Verizon, respectively, where she helped brands grow large and loyal audiences online with the power of data & analytics, ad targeting and creative brand executions. Mia has consulted for The Gates Foundation East Africa Coffee Initiative and is an active board member of TechnoServe, a 50-year-old organization that works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. Mia graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Major in Political Science and Minor in Philosophy.


Parent Hack?

“Like all moms, I’m constantly juggling and recalibrating. Let’s not strive for ‘perfect balance.’ Let’s strive for a rhythm that works today – knowing it may not tomorrow!”

Guy Oranim

CEO, First Media

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Guy Oranim

CEO, First Media

Guy Oranim, along with his business partner, Sharon Rechter, conceptualized and co-founded First Media in 2006. First Media began as a cable channel called BabyFirst, geared towards babies and their mothers, and has now grown into a multi-platform, content publisher dedicated to the savvy millennial woman, with over 1.7 billion monthly video views on Facebook, and in over 60 million US TV homes.


Guy began his professional journey at an early age. After he completed his LLB at Tel Aviv University and passed the Israeli lawyer bar exams, he started his military service as a lawyer and later, as the president of a military court. Switching gears towards his passion, he received his MBA in marketing and later became the EVP of strategic planning at BBDO, handling multiple international accounts such as Pfizer, Henkel, SONY etc.


Parent Hack?

“Swaddling a newborn is like rebooting a laptop – solves 90% of all problems.”

Joshua Kazam

Co-Founder & Partner, Two River

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Joshua Kazam

Co-Founder & Partner, Two River

Joshua Kazam is a co-founder and Partner of Two River, where he has served as partner since its inception in 2004. Joshua is a co-founder, officer and director of Allogene Therapeutics. Inc. (ALLO). He is a co-founder and partner of Vida Ventures, LLC, a life science investment firm, and was a co-founder and director of Kite Pharma, Inc., where he served on the Board of Directors from inception until its acquisition by Gilead Sciences, Inc. in 2017. Joshua also serves as a director of several privately held companies including Kronos Bio, Inc., Hubble Contacts, ByHeart Inc, and Breakthrough Properties, LLC.

Joshua is a Member of the Wharton School’s Undergraduate Executive Board and serves on the Board of the Desert Flower Foundation. He received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Parent Hack?

“My advice as a parent – feed them peanuts early and don’t wash the pacifier when it falls on the floor!”

Hemi Zucker

Managing Principal, OCV Partners

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Hemi Zucker

Managing Principal, OCV Partners

Hemi Zucker is a Managing Principal of OCV. Mr. Zucker joins from j2 Global (NASDAQ:JCOM), where he has served as the CEO since 2008. Prior, Mr. Zucker was j2’s President, COO, CMO, and the company’s CFO during its 1999 IPO. Mr. Zucker helped co-found j2 Global in 1996 and grew the organization into a global platform that offers services in 50+ markets and employs 2,500 people across 15 countries. Under Hemi’s leadership, j2 expanded its business lines into cloud services, patent licensing, and digital media. Mr. Zucker executed over 160 acquisitions, making j2 one of the most acquisitive tech companies in the U.S.. During his tenure, he grew j2 Global’s revenue to over $1.1 billion.

Previously, Mr. Zucker worked at Motorola in the U.S. and Israel. He helped launched Israel’s first cellular company, consolidated Israel’s paging industry through M&A, and later also worked on an early wireless data commercial network in the U.S. Mr. Zucker has served on several boards, including LegalZoom and has invested in several funds whose focus span IoT, big data, adtech, and student housing. He is also an advisor/minor shareholder in cloud and fintech companies. Mr. Zucker holds a B.A. in Economics from Tel Aviv University. Hemi serves as a Board Member for the following portfolio companies: Invoice2go, Social Native, Red Carpet.

Parent Hack?

“A baby organically fed – clears your head !”

Arie Belldegrun MD, FACS

Founder, Kite Pharma & Allogene Therapeutics Chairman, Two River

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Arie Belldegrun MD, FACS

Founder, Kite Pharma & Allogene Therapeutics Chairman, Two River

Dr. Arie Belldegrun has had a distinguished career as a visionary surgeon, scientist and life sciences entrepreneur. Arie co-founded and serves as Executive Chairman of Allogene Therapeutics, a biotechnology company with a mission to catalyze the next revolution in cancer treatment through the development of allogeneic CAR T therapy. Arie also founded Kite Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovation cancer immunotherapies, and served as Kite’s Chairman, President and CEO until its acquisition by Gilead Sciences in 2017. Arie was closely involved with the founding and advancement of biopharmaceutical companies Cougar Biotechnology, Cell Design Labs, and Agensys.

He currently serves as Chairman of Two River Group, UroGen Pharma, Kronos Bio, and Bellco Capital, and as co-Chairman of Breakthrough Properties. He is a Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director of Vida Ventures, a life science venture group with offices in Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Arie is also Professor of Urology, Director of the Institute of Urologic Oncology, and holds the Roy and Carol Doumani Chair in Urologic Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Arie completed his M.D. at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, his post-graduate fellowship at the Weizmann Institute of Science and his residency in Urological Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Parent Hack?

“Throw them into the pool on day 1: it’ll teach them that – in life – you either sink or swim!“

Amy Schulman

Managing Partner, Polaris Partners

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Amy Schulman

Managing Partner, Polaris Partners

Amy is a managing partner in the New York office and focuses on investments in healthcare companies. She currently serves as executive chair of SQZ Biotech, as well as Lyndra Therapeutics, where she was co-founder and the company’s initial CEO. She also represents Polaris as a director of Cyclerion (NASDAQ: CYCN), DewPoint Therapeutics, Kallyope, and Volastra. Amy joined Polaris in 2014, at which time she assumed the role of CEO of Arsia Therapeutics, a Polaris-backed company later acquired by Eagle Pharmaceuticals. She also manages the LS Polaris Innovation Fund which was formed in 2017.


Prior to joining Polaris, Schulman was the general counsel of Pfizer, president of Pfizer Nutrition, and was instrumental in its sale to Nestle for $11.85 billion in 2012. Soon after, Schulman became the president of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.


Schulman has received numerous awards including Xconomy’s 2017 Newcomer Award, Scientific American’s 2015 Worldview 100 List, Fierce Biotech’s 2014 Top 15 Women in Biotech, and Fortune Magazine’s 2013 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. She is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School and serves on the Board of Directors of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ALNY). She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University and earned her JD from Yale Law School.

Parent Hack?

Learn to read an analog clock before a digital watch, tie shoelaces before graduating to Velcro and no television until you’ve mastered chapter books. And remember a good cry never hurts.

Josh Bradley

Chief Investment Officer, Bellco Capital

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Josh Bradley

Chief Investment Officer, Bellco Capital

Josh Bradley is the Chief Investment Officer at Bellco Capital. Josh oversees Bellco’s investment strategy and works closely with its portfolio companies and strategic partners. Josh also serves on the board of directors of several privately held companies, including Breakthrough Properties, ByHeart and First Media. Prior to joining Bellco Capital, Josh practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, London and Sydney. During his time in private practice, Josh advised private equity firms, banks, corporations and governmental organizations on strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, financial restructurings and joint ventures. Prior to his time in private practice, Josh clerked for the Honorable Robert R. Beezer on the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Josh received his B.A. with distinction from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Virginia’s School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the Virginia Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Parent Hack?

“Invest in a good walking or jogging stroller – your health and your baby will thank you!”

Michael Tully

partner, D1 Capital

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Michael Tully

partner, D1 Capital

Mike Tully is an investor at D1 Capital Partners, a $10Bn investment fund founded by Dan Sundheim in 2018. D1 invests in market leading franchises and technology platforms globally and their portfolio includes Stripe, Instacart, Sweetgreen, Shippo, Unity Technologies and Outset Medical.

Prior to D1, Mike was a Principal at Shumway Capital, an analyst at Valiant Capital and began his career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley. Mike graduated from UPenn in 2011 where he was Captain of the rugby team. While Mike does not have any kids of his own, he comes from a big family with 4 siblings and over 40 first cousins.

Parent Hack?

Every parent needs to identify the “Fun Uncle.”

Transforming Baby Nutrition

The Open-Hearted Initiative

With your ByHeart Feeding Plan, you automatically become part of the Open-Hearted Initiative, a program that strives to support underserved families with free formula and nutrition education programs. Parenthood is universal, but circumstances aren’t, so we are working towards equitable nutrition for all—one feed at a time.

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Net Positive Nutrition

We think about how to reduce waste and carbon emissions, conserve water, and create sustainable systems every step of the way—whether with our all metal container and cap (the first in infant formula) or our discerning supplier requirements (think: regenerative farming practices).

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