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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. 

Patents

Description
Status
Link
Date

Biofabricated material containing collagen fibrils

Pending

2/15/2016

Dried food products formed from cultured muscle cells

Pending

7/26/2012

Dried food products formed from cultured muscle cells

Granted

2/5/2014

Edible and animal-product-free microcarriers for engineered meat

Granted

9/13/2013

Engineered biological nerve graft, fabrication and application thereof

Granted

2/2/2010

Engineered comestible meat

Granted

7/26/2011

Engineered leather and methods of manufacture thereof

Pending

3/28/2012

Engineered leather and methods of manufacture thereof

Pending

3/28/2012

Fabric from the cultured cells and a method for their preparation

Pending

6/29/2015

Fiber reinforced tissue composites

Pending

9/21/2015

Method for making electrocompacted leather

Pending

2/15/2016

Methods and devices for preparing and continuously printing multicellular cylinders onto biocompatible substrates

Pending

1/9/2013

Reinforced engineered biomaterials and methods of manufacture thereof

Pending

11/3/2014

Self-Assembling Cell Aggregates and Methods of Making Engineered Tissue Using the Same

Granted

2/24/2004

Self-assembling multicellular bodies and methods of producing a three-dimensional biological structure using the same

Pending

6/24/2008

Spherical multicellular aggregates with endogenous extracellular matrix

Pending

9/7/2012



Timeline

September 1, 2017

Modern Meadow office moved

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

June 1, 2016

Series B funding

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

June 19, 2014

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.

December 28, 2013

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. 

January 1, 2011

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

Name
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

Title
Author
Link
Type

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

Alyson Shontell, Business Insider

News article

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

Jonathan Shieber

Web article

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

Eillie Anzilotti

Web article

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

Sass Brown

Web article

Leather, Grown in a Lab Without Cows

Sarah Zhang

Web article

Modern Meadow raises $40 million to grow leather without livestock

Lora Kolodny

Web article

This leather is made in a lab, not from livestock

Lora Kolodny

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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