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Biotech Start-Ups Offer Exciting Developments

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One of the growing sectors in the economy is biotech. There is not only money to be made and investment happening, there are also a range of fascinating innovations taking place.

Defined by United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Article. 2, biotechnology is about the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make products, or “any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use.”

To highlight the best of the new generation of biotech start-up businesses, the trade association IndieBio (founded by Arvind Gupta) is set to reveal the most interesting biotechnology start-ups of 2016. These companies share an objective of replacing older technologies with new innovations. Many of these companies have received significant investment.

The companies are run by biologists and entrepreneurs; and biologists who have become entrepreneurs. To assist the process, IndieBio has provided seed funding and laboratory space.

So, what types of companies are included and what do they have to offer the world?

New Wave: a company that is engineering sustainable seafood, starting with plant-based shrimp.

Memphis Meats: A company focused on producing laboratory-grown pork and beef without the animals.

V-Sense Medical: Which is making a non-contact vital signs monitor designed for the home. It monitors the breathing patterns & heart rate of an entire family, and sends you alerts if anything abnormal happens.

Amino Labs: A countertop biolab for everyone: the lab comes with add-ons to create beer, paints, scents, cakes, cosmetics.

Nerd Skincare: Treating and preventing acne by targeting bacteria on the microbiome of the face.

Gelzen: Aimed at brewing pure vegan gelatine.

Vali Nanomedical: Reprogramming cells for cures without drugs – can target tumor cells and program them to auto-destruct; no drugs, no radiations.

INDEE: Cellular gene therapy without viruses.

Ghirilet: Aims to identify your immune weaknesses & strengths for diagnostics & therapeutics purposes.

TRUUST: brain imaging for the detection and treatment of neurological disorders: electroencephalogram on steroids.

Koniku: Human neurons embedded in computer chips for drug research – harnessing the power of the brain for superior computing power and reaction to biological elements.

DtoR: Focused on increasing protein production.

Genesis DNA: Next-generation DNA synthesis.

Myi: Single cell quantification to enable ultra-personalized medicine and therapies.

The new companies will be announced via a live streaming service on Thursday February 4th (broadcasting at 15:00 hours U.S. Pacific Time).

About the author

Tim Sandle

Dr. Tim Sandle is a chartered biologist and holds a first class honours degree in Applied Biology; a Masters degree in education; and has a doctorate from Keele University.

  • Victor Grayson

    Interesting list of innovations.