Industrial Microbes is a synthetic biology company that is developing fermentation technology. The company participated in the W15 cohort of Y Combinator.
The company is making building-block chemicals that are used in thousands of products by billions of people. It is targeting products that include biodegradable plastics, water-based paints and detergents. The company's technology is ideal for these global markets, since the cost of these products is driven by feedstock price.
The company's microbial platform is covered by multiple patent families in countries around the world. The expression of the key enzyme, the soluble methane monooxygenase, was attempted for more than 25 years before it was cracked by Industrial Microbes team. The company has exclusive licenses to additional patents developed at the University of Delaware.
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