MycoWorks

MycoWorks

A company creating sustainable design solutions with biomaterials. It was founded in 2013 and is located in San Francisco, California.

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.

Product

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.

Funding

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.

Timeline

People

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Phil Ross

Co-Founder

Sophia Wang

Co-Founder and CEO

Further reading

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Everything you own could one day be made from mushrooms

Melia Robinson

Web

July 14, 2016

MycoWorks Debuts Their Plastic-Free, Non-Animal Premium Leather Alternative, Reishi

David Graver

Web

February 6, 2020

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