Pembient

Pembient

Pembient uses advances in biotechnology to fabricate horn and other wildlife products to combat the threat to endangered species.

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George Bonaci and Matthew Markus on a roof in Seattle, where Pembient got started.
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IndieBio is a threefour month business accelerator program which awards $50,000 and mentors biotech start-up companies using synthetic biology.

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Pembient was founded in 2015 by Matthew Markus and George BonaciGeorge Bonaci and is located in Seattle, Washington. Pembient is a biotechnology company producing bio-fabricated horn using DNA and 3D printed keratin. Pembient's original goal was to combat wildlife poaching by producing horn and other animal parts to be used for medicinal purposes at significantly less cost than anything produced through illegal wildlife trade - a $20 billion black market.

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Pembient was founded in 2015 by Matthew MarkusMatthew Markus and George Bonaci and is located in Seattle, Washington. Pembient is a biotechnology company producing bio-fabricated horn using DNA and 3D printed keratin. Pembient's original goal was to combat wildlife poaching by producing horn and other animal parts to be used for medicinal purposes at significantly less cost than anything produced through illegal wildlife trade - a $20 billion black market.

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A PembiCoin is a blockchain-based token that allows its holder to take delivery of one gram of biofabricated horn in the year 2022

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Pembient discovered a greater market size when they realized that carved rhino horn was a significant factor in increased poaching demand; rather than just medicinal use. Rhino horn is unique in that is is solid; unlike the horns of cows and elephants whose horns are hollow. Rhino horn provides a good carving medium as it can be made into large solid objects. As there areis feweronly thanan estimated 20,000 rhinos left in the world, the cost for their horn is exponential - approximately $60,000 per kilogram. Pembient plans to use modern technology to manufacture horn cylinders and sell them at a fraction of the cost which in turn will undermine poachers and put an end to rhino poaching. These can be sold to artisans, designers, carvers and other manufacturers.

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Pembient claims that horn is a bioplastic and if it can be produced in abundance it can replace petroleum plastic as a material. Pembient's CEO envisions a future with everyday products made from bio-degradable horn.

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Pembient discovered a greater market size when they realized that carved rhino horn was a significant factor in increased poaching demand; rather than just medicinal use. Rhino horn is unique in that is is solid; unlike the horns of cows and elephants whose horns are hollow. Rhino horn provides a good carving medium as it can be made into large solid objects. As there are fewer than 20,000 rhinos left in the world, the cost for their horn is exponential. Pembient plans to use modern technology to manufacture horn cylinders and sell them at a fraction of the cost which in turn will undermine poachers and put an end to rhino poaching. These can be sold to artisans, designers, carvers and other manufacturers. .

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An early prototype of Pembient’s rhino horn, made from wool as a starting material.
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An early prototype of Pembient’s rhino horn, made from wool as a starting material.
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Pembient discovered a greater market opportunitysize when they realized that carved rhino horn was a significant factor in increased poaching demand; rather than just medicinal use. Rhino horn is unique in that is is solid; unlike the horns of cows and elephants whose horns are hollow. Rhino horn provides a good carving medium as it can be made into large solid objects. As there are fewer than 20,000 rhinos left in the world, the cost for their horn is exponential. Pembient plans to use modern technology to manufacture horn cylinders and sell them at a fraction of the cost which in turn will undermine poachers and put an end to rhino poaching. These can be sold to artisans, designers, carvers and other manufacturers. .

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orge Bonaci and Matthew Markus on a roof in Seattle, where Pembient got started.
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Pembient Founded by Matthew Marcus and George Bonaci

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Pembient

Pembient uses advances in biotechnology to fabricate horn and other wildlife products to combat the threat to endangered species.

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Pembient was founded in 2015 by Matthew Markus and George Bonaci and is located in Seattle, Washington. Pembient is a biotechnology company producing bio-fabricated horn using DNA and 3D printed keratin. Pembient's original goal was to combat wildlife poaching by producing horn and other animal parts to be used for medicinal purposes at significantly less cost than anything produced through illegal wildlife trade - a $20 billion black market.

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Pembient discovered a greater market opportunity when they realized that carved rhino horn was a significant factor in increased poaching demand; rather than just medicinal use. Pembient shifted it's focus into synthesizing horn cylinders. These can be sold to artisans, designers, carvers and other manufacturers of plastic. There are many products that were originally carved from horn that are now

carved from plastic. Pembient claims that horn is a bioplastic.

Pembient discovered a greater market opportunity when they realized that carved rhino horn was a significant factor in increased poaching demand; rather than just medicinal use. Rhino horn is unique in that is is solid; unlike the horns of cows and elephants whose horns are hollow. Rhino horn provides a good carving medium as it can be made into large solid objects. As there are fewer than 20,000 rhinos left in the world, the cost for their horn is exponential. Pembient plans to use modern technology to manufacture horn cylinders and sell them at a fraction of the cost which in turn will undermine poachers and put an end to rhino poaching. These can be sold to artisans, designers, carvers and other manufacturers. .

Pembient claims that horn is a bioplastic and if it can be produced in abundance it can replace petroleum plastic as a material. Pembient envisions a future with everyday products made from bio-degradable horn.

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Rhino horn is made of keratin, the same family of protein found in hair, skin, nails, and hooves. In order to develop a prototype quickly, Pembient’s initial rhino horn prototypes were developed using cellular agriculture. The prototypes were reformulated from sheep’s wool because wool also contains keratin. However, they realized that the horn's material properties - for example, texture, was not an exact replicate of real rhino horn and would be difficult to carve. Pembient decided to move towards a tissue-engineering approach; growing the horn rather than printing it. The group wants to persuade stem cells from a rhino or other creature to develop into keratinocytes, which they would then embed onto a scaffold.

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Pembient is exploring the best technology to fabricatebio-fabricate horn and other animal parts.

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Pembient was founded in 2015 by Matthew Markus and George Bonaci and is located in Seattle, Washington. Pembient is a biotechnology company producing bio-fabricated horn using DNA and 3D printed keratin. Pembient's original goal was to combat poaching by producing horn and other animal parts at significantly less cost than anything produced through illegal wildlife trade - a $20 billion black market.

Pembient claim that horn is a bioplastic.

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Opportunity

Pembient discovered a greater market opportunity when they realized that carved rhino horn was a significant factor in increased poaching demand; rather than just medicinal use. Pembient shifted it's focus into synthesizing horn cylinders. These can be sold to artisans, designers, carvers and other manufacturers of plastic. There are many products that were originally carved from horn that are now

carved from plastic. Pembient claims that horn is a bioplastic.

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Rhino horn is made of keratin, the same family of protein found in hair, skin, nails, and hooves. Pembient’s initial rhino horn prototypes were reformulated from sheep’s wool because wool also contains keratin. However, they realized that the horn's material properties - for example, texture, was not an exact replicate of real rhino horn. Pembient decided to move towards a tissue-engineering approach. The group wants to persuade stem cells from a rhino or other creature to develop into keratinocytes, which they would then embed onto a scaffold.

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Artisans, industrial designers

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Pembient is exploring the best technology to fabricate horn and other animal parts.

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Quickly they discovered a larger market opportunity existed - A renewed understanding that horn is a bioplasticbioplastic, and the need to bring this material back to the future.

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Original Mission

Pembient's original mission was to use technology to change the economics of horn and thereby mitigate poaching.

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Artisans, industrial designers

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