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Modern Meadow

Modern Meadow

Modern Meadow is a biotechnology company using cellular agriculture and biofabrication to manufacture bioleather, "Zoa", out of cultured animal free collagen mixed with natural and man made materials.

Modern Meadow is a biotechnology company using cellular agriculture and biofabrication to manufacture bioleather they call "Zoa" out of cultured animal free collagen mixed with natural and man made materials. They start with naturally occurring yeast strains and then use DNA-sequence editing to prompt the yeast cells to produce collagen, the main structural protein found in animal skin. The collagen is grown and assembled it into a fibrous sheet that can be processed, or can be combined with other materials, and tanned in order to be fashioned into various products. The company is based out of Nutley, New Jersey and was founded in 2011 by Andras Forgacs, Francoise Marga, Gabor Forgacs, and Karoly Jakab.

Funding

Seed

On December 28, 2013 Modern meadow raised a seed round of $2.5M including Sequoia Capital, Ulu Ventures, Starlight Ventures, Red Swan Ventures, Horizons Ventures, and others.

Series A

On June 19, 2014, Modern Meadow raised a Series A round of $10M. Investors included Horizon Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Black Point Group, and others.

Series B

In June 2016, Modern Meadow closed a $40M Series B funding round lead by Horizon Ventures and Iconiq Capital.

Timeline

Modern Meadow office moved

Modern Meadow moved it’s headquarters to the former Hoffman-LaRoche campus in Nutley, NJ.

Series B funding

In June 2016, Modern Meadow closed a $40M Series B funding round lead by Horizon Ventures and Iconiq Capital.

Series A funding

On June 19, 2014, Modern Meadow raised a Series A round of $10M. Investors included Horizon Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Black Point Group, and others.

Seed funding

On December 28, 2013 Modern meadow raised a seed round of $2.5M including Sequoia Capital, Ulu Ventures, Starlight Ventures, Red Swan Ventures, Horizons Ventures, and others.

Founding of Modern Meadow

Modern Meadow is based out of Brooklyn, New York and was founded in 2011 by Andras Forgacs, Francoise Marga, Gabor Forgacs, and Karoly Jakab.

People

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Role
Related Golden topics

Andras Forgacas

CEO, Co-Founder

Bridget Russo

Chief Marketing Officer

David Williamson

CTO

Gabor Forgacs

CSO, Co-Founder

Karoly Jakab

Co-Founder, Senior Scientist

Kevin Gironda

Chief Intellectual Property Counsel

Luck Dookchitra

Head of People

Rex Liu

VP Finance

Susan Schofer

VP Business Development

Suzanne Lee

Chief Creative Officer

Further reading

Author
Title
Link
Type

Alyson Shontell, Business Insider

A Brooklyn startup that's armed with $40 million is growing real leather in a lab without hurting a single animal

News article

Eillie Anzilotti

How Modern Meadow Is Fabricating The Animal-Free Leather Of The Future

Web article

Jonathan Shieber

Bolt Threads joins Modern Meadow in the quest to bring lab-grown leather to market

Web article

Lora Kolodny

Modern Meadow raises $40 million to grow leather without livestock

Web article

Lora Kolodny

This leather is made in a lab, not from livestock

Web article

Sarah Zhang

Leather, Grown in a Lab Without Cows

Web article

Sass Brown

In the future will we all be wearing lab-grown leather and mushroom skin?

Web article

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Andras Forgacs: Growing Meat and Leather Without Killing the Animal

October 1, 2015

Fashion's Biotech Future

May 11, 2016

It Looks, Smells, And Feels Like Real Leather--But It’s Grown In A Lab

February 20, 2018

Leather and meat without killing animals | Andras Forgacs

September 19, 2013

Modern Meadow: Bringing Biology To Your Wardrobe

July 11, 2017

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