Ultra-precise cancer therapies! Human-like hair grown from plants! A method to possibly save the bees!
The spectrum of companies coming out of IndieBio has always been pretty wild, and its most current batch certainly doesn’t disappoint.
As the early-stage, biology-focused accelerator arm of SOSV, IndieBio offers the business in its program $250,000+, mentorship and full access to a biology laboratory to bring their concepts to life.
When founder Arvind Gupta left the accelerator in 2015 to sign up with the venture capital fund Mayfield, Mayfield and IndieBio partnered to form the Genesis Consortium, which offers IndieBio companies an additional $250,000 in optional financing.
IndieBio at first operated solely out of San Francisco, with the
accelerator expanding just in 2015 to include a New york city associate that runs in parallel. The SF program is led by Handling Director Po Bronson, while the New york city program is led by Handling Director Stephen Chambers. With its Demonstration Day still a ways out, IndieBio offered us a peek at the groups currently going through the program. It’s worth keeping in mind that IndieBio deliberately invests really early– oftentimes, even prior to it’s entirely clear whether the clinical concepts behind a business are completely practical. “Our program is our diligence,” Bronson informs me. The goal is to prove out concepts– and figure out how to turn them into industries– for numerous countless dollars, rather than millions. “We’re biting off the threat, and de-risking it for the next financiers in line.”
Here are the companies currently in each program, alphabetically:
New york city
Beemmunity: People require bees in order to endure, however bee populations are plunging, with among the main causes believed to be exposure to neurotoxic pesticides. Pitched as “pesticide security for bees,” Beemmunity is working on a “micro-sponge” that, after being consumed by a bee, catches these neurotoxins and eliminates them as waste. Expected to get in field trials quickly.
Brickbuilt Therapeutics: A biotherapeutic lozenge indicated to assist prevent and treat things like gum illness and thrush.
Bucha Leather Synthetic, animal-free leather grown from bacterial nanocellulose. Their procedure permits them to make” massive mats “of material that can be produced in weeks. Free to Feed: If a baby proves allergic to something in their mother’s breastmilk, determining exactly what they’re allergic to can be a long and exceptionally frustrating procedure. Free to Feed is developing test strips that recognize different food proteins in breast milk, assisting breastfeeding moms much better identify what proteins are leading to an allergic reaction.
Gypsy Basin Genomics: Developing a test, basic enough to be administered as a gargle-and-a-spit during a dental professional check out, that can spot at an early phase the oral cancers triggered by HPV.
Harmony Infant Nutrition: Pitched as “the just dairy-free, allergy-free, and environmentally friendly infant formula,” Consistency is producing baby formulas that “closely mirror human breast milk.”
MicroTERRA: Using duckweed water lentils to convert fish-farm wastewater into protein. The duckweed helps to purify the fish drainage as it grows; once grown, this “lemna protein concentrate” can be used as a source of protein in animal feed.
Nyoka Design Labs: Non-toxic, eco-friendly and recyclable glowsticks powered by bioluminescence.
Consecutive Skin: Clean your confront with their skin test package, send it to their lab, and get a complete report on the products that should work well with your skin’s microbiome.
Stembionix: With individual stem cell banking in mind, Stembionix is establishing a “mailable bioreactor system” that would enable the transporting of stem cells without the freezing/thawing that complicates things and can negatively impact viability.
Aja Labs: Pitched as the “beyond meat of hair extensions,” Aja Labs wants to utilize plants to grow fibers that look and feel like human hair, potentially eliminating the requirement for chemical-heavy synthetics or human hair in the production of hair extensions.
Avalo.ai: Using interpretable maker finding out to recognize genes (and what said genes do) in plants at a much faster pace to help establish much better crops.
California Cultured: Lab-grown cocoa. The company states it can grow cocoa that is less bitter, and as such requires far less sugar to be yummy.
Canaery: Intending to “do for fragrance what maker vision has done for sight,” Canaery is constructing a neural interface for evaluating a things’s “scent finger print” to determine hazardous compounds at places like ports and evaluation points without (or in addition to) x-rays or cameras.
Capra Biosciences: Finding methods to turn the otherwise destructive biofilms that can develop during fermentation into products like motor oil or retinol for cosmetics.
Lypid: Developing vegan oils that behave like animal fats, melting at the same temperature and offering the exact same mouthfeel, to further improve plant-based meats.
OncoPrecision: Building a faster method to assist oncologists identify which cancer drugs (of hundreds) will work best for a patient by applying drugs to patient-derived cells, with the goal of finding the very best drug within 7-14 days.
Ozone Bio: Utilizing dead cell fermentation (or “Zombiezymes”) to produce nylon in a greener way.
Remedy Durability: Aiming to reproduce the health advantages of fasting… … without fasting. Identifying dietary substances that can “mimic the body’s natural action to fasting” and develop them into a supplement.
Prolific Devices: High-resolution control of cell differentiation. In lab-grown meat, for instance, one might use their tech to identify what bits of a steak are muscle tissue, fat, etc.
Sundial Foods: Bringing “skin” to plant-based chicken, beginning with a coating that will allow for plant-based chicken wings.
Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.