Kicking off the first full day of programming at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, the GreenTech Investor Sessions took place on Monday, April 18 in San Diego, CA. Selected by an external Investor Advisory Panel, nine innovative companies shared their new technologies and value proposition in 15-minute presentations to an elite audience of investors, analysts, and conference attendees.
The selected nine companies included:
Deinove is a cleantech company that designs, develops and markets a new generation of industrial biobased products based on ancestral bacteria with untapped potential: the deinococci. By revealing the genetic mechanisms responsible for the extraordinary resilience and biodiversity of the Deinococcus, it provides a new way of looking at evolution but also initiated the industrial exploitation of these bacterial “micro-factories.”
Aequor is a woman-owned small business founded in 2006 to commercialize a suite of over 30 novel, proprietary, renewable chemicals derived from a new species of marine microbe discovered by Aequor’s Founder. Their novel compounds have simple structures, are inexpensive to synthesize, and are easy to incorporate in multiple end-use products such as sprays, washes, pastes, coatings, paints, and materials to replace the current toxic and ineffective biocides.
Kalion is an early stage industrial biotech company focused on providing low-cost access to glucaric acid and S-3- hydroxybutyrolactone (3-HBL) using traditional and green fermentation technology. Glucaric acid and 3-HBL were identified as “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass,” and multi-billion dollar markets for use of the two renewable chemicals are limited by cost and availability.
Agrivida is developing and commercializing solutions that are the next evolutionary step in animal nutrition, using the plant as a factory to produce and deliver highly differentiated products. They are transforming the economics of enzyme and animal feed production through use of plant-expressed enzymes and plant modification to develop transformational products for monogastric and ruminant animal nutrition.
Leaf Resources Limited is focused on making sustainable products from plant biomass. They offer an advanced technology package for breaking down plant derived biomass to useful, sustainable, renewable and biodegradable products. Leaf Resources’ innovative Glycell™ is a disruptive process technology that can reshape the economics of using large scale biomass resources as a replacement for petroleum derived products.
Sylvatex is a green nano-chemistry company that has developed a platform technology utilizing renewable, non-toxic inputs to create a stable nanoparticle that can be used in multiple applications. Their mission is to increase the use of renewables globally, to empower a cleaner and healthier future. One main application is a fuel technology product -MicroX- that utilizes their knowledge to scale low-cost, cleaner-burning renewable diesel fuel and additives by using a co-location commercial model.
Phytonix is an industrial biotechnology company producing sustainable chemicals directly from carbon dioxide. Their patented process employs cyanobacteria, which are the same organisms responsible for creating a breathable atmosphere on Earth and that contributed greatly to the genesis of our miraculous blue planet. Phytonix’s objective is to be the global leader in bio-safe, direct solar chemicals and fuel production utilizing carbon dioxide as the sole feedstock and energy from the Sun
KnipBio enables sustainable aquaculture. A green biotechnology company that aims to harness the potential of synthetic biology to create solutions for some of the world’s biggest problems. Their single cell protein combines attributes of protein-packed fish meal and carotenoids into one effective, affordable replacement that promotes digestive health for a wide variety of important animals. KnipBio’s technological advancements will produce healthier, cleaner fish and will reduce or even eliminate the need for over-fished feeder species, and stabilize rising costs to aquaculture worldwide.
Mango Materials produces a naturally occurring biopolymer from waste biogas (methane) that are economically competitive with conventional oil-based materials. They transform waste methane into ecofriendly affordable materials while creating a positive environmental impact. Using bacteria, their technology converts methane into the naturally occurring biopolymer, polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA).