MycoWorks is a San Francisco-based biotechnology company that grows leather from mycelium and agricultural byproducts in a carbon-negative process.Its stated mission is to make new materials that have superior performance to animal-made or plastic products.
The company's product is called "Reishi" and is a material made from mycelium mushrooms. It imitates leather and is used for fashion goods. It is created by coercing the mycelium plant to grow in a woven pattern, making a durable material made from the plant. The company has developed its own tanning process to prepare the material to be used for fashion goods. Only natural dyes and vegetable byproducts are used for the process of making the material. Overall, the process takes about two weeks and is done in two by three feet trays at the company's location. The company is researching ways to create the material in order to keep up with the demand for it.
MycoWorks has raised capital through various funding rounds, the latest being a Series A funding round that raised $17 million. There are ten investors involved with the company including Future Tech Lab and Novo Holdings.
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- Cluster: Mycelium technologyA cluster of topics related to products developed using mycelium, the main body of fungi.
- CompanyA company, abbreviated 'co.', is a legal entity made up of an association of people, be they natural, legal, or a mixture of both, for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise.