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Geltor

Geltor is a cellular agriculture company making essential proteins, such as collagen and gelatin, using microbes in their own bio-fermentation recombinant protein production facility.

Geltor is a cellular agriculture company located in San Leandro, California and founded in 2015 by Alex Lorestani and Nick Ouzounov. They make essential proteins, such as collagen and gelatin, using microbes in their own bio-fermentation recombinant protein production facility. They specialize in making, designing, and building proteins that are made to texturize consumer products.

Products

Collume

Collume is Geltor's collagen product that is sustainably manufactured in the lab using microbes and biofermentation. The making of Collume uses zero animal inputs and is a low-weight soluble peptide that has tunable anti-aging properties. 

Animal-free Collagen

Gelor's first product to go on the market was animal-free collagen. Their collagen is grown in the lab through the bio-fermentation of microbes. Geltor claims they can produce collagen with desirable properties for their customers by controlling the proteins and proteins ratios present in their gelatin products. 

Leather bound book

Geltor grew jellyfish collagen in their lab using microbes with genes extracted from jellyfish cells to make the proteins necessary to make the world first animal-free leather bound book. This was the first leather product made by Geltor, and the leather bound book sold on Ebay for $12,790 on January 22, 2018. 







The company only made one leather bound book to demonstrate what is possible with their technology although making leather products out of lab grown collagen may have a future, CEO of Geltor Alex Lorestani, told reporters that "Jellyfish collagen is flexible but firm, like bovine leather, and it can be made in a liquid-like solution to be formed into whatever shape Geltor wants."

Funding

Seed

On February 1, 2016 Geltor closed out their seed funding round raising $2,300,000. Investors include: Stray Dog Capital, SOSV, New Crop Capital, Fifty Years, FTW Ventures, and Baruch Future Ventures. 



On October 25, 2018 Geltor closed their Series A funding round, raising $18.2 million. The round was led by Cultivan Sandbox Ventures.



Patents

Description
Status
Link
Date

Expression of proteins in gram-negative bacteria wherein the ratio of periplasmic volume to cytoplasmic volume is between 0.5:1 and 10:1

Pending

3/29/2016



Timeline

October 25, 2018

Series A - $18.2m

Geltor closed their Series A, raising $18.2 million. The round was led by Cultivian Sandbox Ventures. Other investors include GELITA, ADM Ventures, Cavallo Ventures, and Box Group.

February 1, 2016

Seed funding

On February 1, 2016 Geltor closed out their seed funding round raising $2,300,000. Investors include: Stray Dog Capital, SOSV, New Crop Capital, Fifty Years, FTW Ventures, and Baruch Future Ventures. 

August 24, 2015

Founding of Geltor

Geltor was founded in 2015 by Alex Lorestani and Nick Ouzounov.

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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Alexander Lorestani

Co-founder, CEO



Amelia Chen

Food scientist



Anthony Achacoso

Engineer



Brian Frank

Investor



Bruce Friedrich

Investor



Bryce Doherty

Senior Research Associate



David Kim

Senior Research Associate



Douglas Ko

Director Downstream Process Development



Laura Brightman

Product manager



Monica Bhatia

VP of Process Development



Nick Ouzounov

Co-founder, CTO



Tanya Eliason

Research associate



Tom Baruch

Investor



Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

13 Trends Shaping the Face of Beauty in 2018

Staff reporter





Building the Next Generation of Recombinant Proteins: an Interview with Alex Lorestani of Geltor - IndieBio

Alex Kopelyan





Geltor raises $18.2m, gears up for 2020 launch of animal-free collagen proteins for the food industry

Elaine Watson

Web



Lab-grown gelatin is the fake food of the future, one start-up believes

Waverly Colville

Web



The new food: meet the startups racing to reinvent the meal

Damian Carrington





World's first animal-free leather-bound book starts bids at $10,000

Kristin Hugo





Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Can Microbes Save the World? - Alexander Lorestani at Impact.tech at Google SF HQ

August 6, 2016

Demo Day Pitch - Discovery Category - Geltor

January 9, 2018

Good Food Snapshot: Geltor

September 20, 2016

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Geltor

Alex Lorestani

San Francisco Bay Area

N-Collage

References