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Automation is increasingly the norm in today’s bioeconomy. But how does one adopt automation in the first place? Many high-throughput biology tools and machines don’t connect to each other or share data. Meet Artificial, a company automating and streamlining life science discovery pipelines! The company creates software that is connected to a lab's existing software systems to schedule automated workflows and provide digital tools to augment and capture every manual step a human still needs to perform. Artificial can also help companies optimize their resources, from reagents to hands-on time for lab technicians. Learn more about how Artificial is helping companies bring critical discoveries like sustainable materials and medicines to market faster!
The ability to produce new materials with microbes is what makes the bioeconomy possible. But how do we find the right genes to produce the best proteins through the most efficient pathways in a cell? The combinations of different factors are essentially infinite, impossible for humans to sort through without help. Meet Eden Bio, a company developing a machine learning platform to discover and optimize cellular pathways to produce biomaterials! Starting with spider silk proteins, the company is building out an ML platform to guide scientists and improve how microbes secrete and process proteins. Learn more about how Eden Bio is getting biomaterials out of the cell and into the world!
Imagine a world in which harmful carbon emissions are turned into carbon-negative clothes. As you read this, that world is becoming a reality. Meet Rubi, a company leveraging bioproduction to turn industrial emissions into clothing fibers! Through a cell-free enzymatic process, their technology "eats" carbon to produce the same cellulose that’s already used in today’s fashion industry. The cellulose can be spun into fibers like lyocell, satin, jersey, and other fibers that mimic the properties of wool, cotton, and silk. The company’s processes turn the carbon emissions of today’s textile industry net negative, and use virtually none of the water and land. Learn more about Rubi’s planet-positive impact and stay tuned for their upcoming brand collaborations!
What do the labs of the future look like? Increasingly, they’re becoming digital! We’ve all seen how valuable remote-accessible automated labs can be in a global pandemic. But these labs can also connect international teams, improve the reproducibility of complex experiments, and test scalability. Meet Strateos, a company pioneering remote-access laboratories and lab control software for life science discovery. Strateos’ robotic cloud labs can be accessed anywhere in the world through a computer, speeding discovery and generating actionable data. Strateos also helps companies design and build out their own advanced labs from instruments to modules to multi-level facilities empowering R&D scalability. Learn more about how Strateos is enabling companies around the world to accelerate in the bioeconomy!
Iterating and scaling bio-based solutions quickly is one of the biggest challenges in the bioeconomy. After all, we have a planet to save! Automation is already playing a critical role in advancing novel medicines, proteins, and materials. But the process of adopting and building automation platforms can seem daunting. Meet Hudson Robotics, a company that has specialized in automation for 38 years—that’s longer than the field of synthetic biology has existed! The company is dedicated to customizing life science companies’ automation needs for every step of their growth. Learn more about how Hudson Robotics is creating outside-of-the-box hardware and software solutions to help the bioeconomy accelerate.
Did you know that there are nearly 1,000,000 different species of algae? And did you know that (in the right conditions), algae mostly need sunlight, water, and CO2 to grow? When properly cultivated, algae produce extremely valuable organic components. Microalgae biomanufacturing can yield specialty ingredients useful in a wide array of industries, applications, and consumer goods like foods, therapeutics, and agricultural products! Provectus Algae utilizes microalgae to replace synthetic materials in many of today’s products. Provectus taps into microalgaes’ ~billion-year experience to produce some of the world’s most coveted ingredients. By leveraging genetic engineering, machine learning, automation, and bioinformatics, Provectus quickly and sustainably scales production of ingredients used by manufacturers world-over.
Bioengineering is transforming how we measure and monitor our health. But new tests often require new tools and technologies, from advanced microfluidic chips to measure small amounts of blood, to novel packaging, advanced electronics, and even lateral flow tests for COVID-19. So, what does it take for a medical device prototype to get out of the lab and into the clinic? Meet Natech Plastics, a contract manufacturer dedicated to making sure potentially life-changing—and lifesaving! —products don’t get stuck on the shelf. With expertise in custom injection molding, filling, sealing, product design, and scale-up production for novel products, learn how Natech is helping companies realize the promise of better tools for human health!
Agricultural insect control plays a key role in feeding our global population. But insecticides are often toxic to the local environment and human health. Meet Provivi, a company tackling damaging insects with non-toxic pheromones! Male insects find mates by following female pheromone scents, like tuning into a species-specific radiofrequency. Provivi creates pheromone solutions cloned from the enzyme pathways of female insects. When farmers disperse the pheromones at higher-than-normal levels, the males can’t "tune in" to the females and never find a mate. Since the insects can’t reproduce, the population dies off and doesn’t return. Learn more about how Provivi’s technique also helps restore natural wildlife, including beneficial ladybugs!
You’ve probably read about amazing scientific discoveries made in universities—maybe you’ve been on one of those teams yourself! But what happens next? How do you commercialize an academic breakthrough to have a positive impact for the public? Meet Triple Ring Technologies, a co-development company helping great ideas reach the real world. Triple Ring works with startups from academia and veteran companies to build and prove their technology, from engineering novel synbio devices and hardware, developing assays, introducing automation, transfer to manufacturing, and even incubation support and investment. Learn more about how Triple Ring is creating an entire ecosystem to bring our best ideas to life!
From medicine to nutrition to skincare, our everyday goods take more from nature than nature can afford. But what if there was a better path forward? Meet Amyris, a synthetic biology company with a proprietary technology platform that has quickly brought over a dozen ingredients to market. Amyris serves as a supplier to the world’s largest manufacturers and its sustainable ingredients are found in over 20,000 products, as well as in its family of 9 consumer brands. Learn more about how Amyris is reshaping our everyday ingredients, without compromising on sustainability.
Think of the As, Ts, Gs, and Cs of DNA like letters in a sentence: string enough together and you’ll have a whole genome, a book of life’s genetic instructions. But reading DNA is much more complicated than even the trickiest novel. Today’s sequencing a.ka."reading" technology can only read short phrases out of order—reading the whole genome in the right order is time consuming and error prone. Meet Universal Sequencing, a company pairing their novel software with any current sequencing device to read longer segments of DNA quickly and accurately! Learn more about how Universal Sequencing helps track food safety, monitor patients for disease, and much more!
Proteins, enzymes, and elements: our world is founded on complex, three-dimensional structures. Typically, we’re only able to see these nanoscale structures in 2D as whiteboard drawings or computer models. But what if you could visualize, design, and edit new drug molecules or DNA in a 3D, virtual environment? What if you could present cutting-edge chemistry and teach new science to students and stakeholders in augmented reality? Meet Nanome, a company using AI and Iron Man-inspired technology to put the nanoscale world into the palm of your hand! Learn more about how Nanome is taking scientific discovery and collaboration to a whole new, virtual level!
What does the food of the future taste like? What does it smell like? How can it be both sustainable and climate change-resilient? Vision and direction are critical for advancing our food future but executing on those ideas can be a big challenge. Meet Eremid, a contract research organization dedicated to overcoming this challenge and improving crops for flavor, aroma, nutrition, and human health! With expertise in genomics and metabolomics, learn how Eremid is helping discover the food of tomorrow!
Synthetic biology is founded on applying an engineering mindset to living systems. Meet Mekonos, a company taking these founding principles to a whole new level! The company has developed a silicon chip for engineering individual mammalian cells with nano-needles. Conventional methods introduce payloads into cells in bulk with no guarantee cells all come out the same. Through their novel integrated chip platform, Mekonos is able to develop cell lines for cell therapies or even cultured meat with extreme precision. Learn more about how Mekonos is helping reduce the costs and difficulties of cell therapy development to make these medicines more available for all!
Everything on our planet has value; waste is effectively a failure of imagination. That’s how the bioremediation company, Allonnia, views the commercial and industrial waste harming our environment. Mining sludge, oil sands pollution, water contamination, all these damaging side effects of human production can be recycled, reclaimed, and broken down by biology. Allonnia is designing and deploying biology solutions that combine enzymes, proteins, and microbes with advanced engineering systems to degrade or metabolize contaminants into upcycled, valuable materials. This includes the ability to upcycle valuable metals from mining tailing ponds, break down so-called "forever chemicals" like PFAS in water, and create recycling solutions for challenging materials like polyurethane and nylon. Learn more about how Allonnia is using nature’s own tools to restore our environment!
As building with biology becomes increasingly complex, we need increasingly powerful tools to understand and engineer longer and longer strands of DNA. Meet Logomix, the synthetic biology company screening, analyzing, editing, and synthesizing complex genomes all in one platform! Today’s bioengineering still relies on relatively simplistic microbe genomes to create new medicines and materials. But as we seek bio-based solutions for challenges like cell therapies, crop protection for climate change, and upcycling carbon pollution, the ability to screen and edit complex and mammalian cells looks to be an essential tool. Keep up with Logomix and learn more about their platform!
You know the queasy, headache-y, light-is-not-my-friend feeling you get after a night of drinking? It’s not caused by dehydration, skimping on carbs, or drinking beer and liquor in the wrong order. It’s actually mostly caused by acetaldehyde, a byproduct of alcohol that builds up in your gut. Meet ZBiotics, the probiotics company engineering microbes to help you deal with that acetaldehyde after a big night out. These microbes are designed to break down acetaldehyde just like the liver does and prevent that morning-after misery! Alcohol isn’t the only thing that disrupts our microbiome health and performance. Follow along to learn which probiotic solutions Zbiotics is taking on next!
Resource scarcity is a driving factor in human oppression, wars, and disease. But what can biology do to address global scarcities? For Aether Bio, the answer lies in nanotechnology. For the company, nanotechnology offers the potential to dramatically improve the efficiency, sustainability, and output of industrial manufacturing by orders of magnitude. Rather than engineering nature’s existing protein nanomachines, aka enzymes, Aether’s platform can rearrange atoms to build brand new enzymes with precise and novel functions tailored for any industry. Learn more about how Aether is helping take biological nanomachines from niche applications to daily life!
The ability to synthesize DNA, essentially writing in genetic code, is fundamental to building with biology. We can’t coax cells to fight disease or create cures with precision medicine without giving biological systems new genetic instructions. But how does one actually print DNA? Meet DNA Script, the company enabling scientists to print DNA on demand, right in their labs, in a matter of hours to accelerate genomics and molecular biology research and discovery. Learn more about how DNA Script is partnering to deploy its DNA printer to test disease outbreaks in remote regions and enable DNA data storage!
Ever since humans learned the role our genetics play in causing disease, curing genetic diseases has become the white whale of medicine. While we have made significant progress in permanently modifying disease-causing genes, these methods are still very new and not yet without risks. Meet NeuBase Therapeutics, the company with a mission to treat genetic diseases by essentially "drugging'' faulty genes! The company’s platform aims to address all genetic diseases by creating short strands of DNA (called oligos) with a rigid backbone. These synthetic oligos can specifically turn off faulty, disease-causing genes without permanently modifying the genome. Learn more about which diseases NeuBase is taking on first!
Paradise Packaging Company
Plastic packaging has reached a breaking point and we desperately need new, sustainable solutions. Meet Paradise Packaging, a company manufacturing fully compostable biocomposite from hemp and mycelium, the root-like structures of fungi. This biocomposite grows into any shape in less than a week and, once dried, becomes waterproof, insulating, and fire resistant. As survivors of the devastating 2018 Camp Fire, Paradise Packaging is rebuilding their community through jobs and innovation. The company is expanding quickly and aims to displace 500 tons of styrofoam and plastic packaging per year! Learn more about Paradise Packaging here!
Did you know that 25-30% of meat production in the US goes directly into pet food? Not only does livestock farming release tons of greenhouse gasses, but the meat in cat and dog food is often tainted with melted plastic and toxic chemicals. Wild Earth, a biotech company, is producing healthier and more sustainable plant-based food for dogs (who are actually omnivores!) and is developing cell-based meat for cats. Sustainable food for humans is good. Sustainable food for the whole family? Much better! Check out Wild Earth's website and Twitter.
Did you know cement production is responsible for 8% of the world's annual greenhouse gas emissions? As the most manufactured material in the world, cement is quite literally the foundation of modern civilization. But what if cement could capture carbon instead of release it? Meet Biomason, the company producing stronger and more sustainable biocemement using bacteria. The company aims to eliminate 25% of global cement production CO2 emissions by 2030, a big step towards mitigating climate change! Check out Biomason's website and Twitter!
Did you know mice don't get Alzheimer's? So why do we use them to test Alzheimer's drugs? Typically, human cell cultures, including brain cells, are very difficult to obtain for medical research. But now, the UK-based cell engineering company, bit.bio, has developed a breakthrough technology that can turn one type of cell into another using molecular switches called transcription factors. This innovation could help advance Alzheimer's research, cell therapy, and maybe in the future, blood cells for blood banks! The company is also discovering which transcription factors program which cell types – check out their latest cell type launch here!
Did you know that bioreactors can range in size from a water bottle to an entire building? Culture Biosciences is building bioreactors that can carry out biological reactions for everything from new therapeutics to alternative meat proteins. Its 250mL bioreactors are about the size of a water bottle but give researchers a powerful way to test their products before scaling to manufacturing. Culture is also building 5L and 250L bioreactors to help companies scale their products for the commercial market. Having the right infrastructure to make bioproducts is crucial for companies that care about the environment and want to reduce global dependence on petrochemicals. Learn more about Culture’s work!
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