Koniku (company)

Koniku (company)

A startup that is building microprocessor and other types of chips with wetware biological neurons. It has applications in sensing, control and computation.

Koniku is based in Berkeley and has two initial related technologies, its 'odor positioning system' and its 'odor surveillance system'. The CEO of Koniku is Oshiorenoya Agabi and the company was part of the IndieBio startup incubator.

The first product Koniku is developing, called Koniku Kore, uses neuron-silicon hybrid chip to "smell" or otherwise sense the presence of a given compound. One stated aim of the biological neurons on a chip, called wetchips, is to use them as taste testers for consumer products. The CEO has also stated that future applications could include testing soap or other hygiene products.

Timeline

Funding rounds

Funding round
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Investment
Koniku, Seed, September 2015
250,000
September 2015
3 Results
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Oshiorenoya Agabi

Founder & CEO

Renaud Renault

Chief Project Architect

Renaud Renault

Chief Project Architect

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Putting Biological Supercomputers in the Palm of your Hand: an Interview with Oshiorenoya Agabi of Koniku

Alex Kopelyan

The man teaching a computer to smell

Jane Wakefield

Web

August 28, 2017

The Man Who's Building a Computer Made of Brains

Joseph Bien-Kahn

Website of company

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
By Michael Thomsen For Dailymail.com
May 4, 2020
Mail Online
Starting in the fourth quarter of 2020, Airbus will begin using a new odor detector in airports to help screen passengers for dangerous chemicals, based on a processor with integrated biological cells.

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