Undertaking the rigors of the competitive educational landscape while training at an Olympic level, founders Kent Yoshimura and Ryan Chen recognized the demand for energy products but were surprised to find what people were ingesting. From illegal prescriptions of Adderall™ to the less than desirable ingredients contained in the sector’s most popular energy drinks, a void in the market was clear and present. They set out to fill it.
In search of a product that increased focus and productivity without the unhealthy ingredients and associated side-effects, they began to explore the world of nootropics. However, the idea of taking dozens of pills a day didn't sit well with them. They appreciated the effects but wanted something more accessible.
So with their backgrounds in Neuroscience, Chemistry, and Economics, both Kent and Ryan embarked on this journey, working alongside a chemist to formulate a product that was healthy, effective, and convenient. Undergoing over a year of research and development, they consulted with brain surgeons, personal formulators, professional athletes, and the typical coffee drinker to create NeuroGum™ in October 2015 - world’s first cold-compressed, nootropic energy gum.
With a background in Cognitive Science, film and design, Kent brings science and marketing knowledge to NeuroGum. During college, he pursued a martial arts career that led him to fight in Thailand’s stadiums, train Judo with the Olympic team at the Kodokan, and be invited to do judo alongside the Japanese Imperial guards at the Imperial palace. As an artist, he has worked with clients such as McDonald’s, LEGOs, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and others. He continues to paint murals and stay active while chewing NeuroGum.
Ryan loves an active lifestyle. His knowledge in Chemistry and Management Economics helps guide the financial foundations of NeuroGum. While in high school, Ryan led a state and national championship cross-country team as co-captain at Arcadia High School and competed in the World Kendo Championships as a 2nd degree black belt. Despite a snowboarding injury that left him paralyzed, Ryan has never stopped moving. In his free time he loves competing in marathons and scuba diving off different coasts around the world.
Tyler is the resident operations guru, with a background in writing, film, and justice. His experience in radio traffic coordination helps keep the ball rolling at NeuroGum, where he helps manage marketing, content, and public relations. In his free time he is a digital creative, working on writing, freelance design, and pixel art while dabbling in film and music. In recent years he has produced and directed a short film, written a novel, designed a web game, and built an e-commerce shop for his pixel art.