Klaus Gaiser, founder of TOPAS, was originally a sinologist, japanologist, and cultural scholar by trade – he speaks fluent Chinese and spent years studying the countries of East Asia. He learned the art of Tofu and Seitan on trips to the region in the 1970s. Even today, he is in charge of product development and manages to create innovation after innovation. His Finnish wife Sanni Ikola-Gaiser built the company together with him and is in charge of logistics. Four of their five children are involved in the company.