Catalyzing the circular BioEconomy
Using Synthetic Biology to Create the Circular Economy
Harnessing the power of engineered microorganisms, we are building a a biomanufacturing suite capable of turning industrial byproducts into healthier, more sustainable petrochemical alternatives.
Circularizing Waste Management
Humans extract 88 billion tons of resources from nature every single year – over 1.75x faster than Earth is capable of regenerating them. As the population grows, we need to think more carefully about our production, consumption, and waste management practices.
By using waste-based feedstocks, our circular biomanufacturing practices will reduce both the cost and footprint of our portfolio.
Creating Bio-Based, Biodegradable Plastic Resins and Additives
The need for better plastic use and disposal practices is at the forefront of our transition to a circular economy.
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are a class of bio-based, biodegradable polyesters that can help replace petroplastics in nearly every product and package they’re found in today. Bio-based additives will help accelerate their adoption.
Harnessing the Power of Biology
Over millions of years, nature has evolved abilities that can solve our waste management crisis and replace petrochemicals. Advances in genetic engineering enable the fine-tuning of these processes to develop scalable fermentation processes.
Our bioprocesses upcycle industrial byproducts into biomaterials produced naturally by microbes found throughout the environment.
Biotechnology is the sustainable alternative to petrochemistry.
The materials we use and how we use them shapes our society and the world around us. In just a few centuries, petrochemistry has revolutionized the way we live – but we can do better with biology. Increased accessibility to bio-based, biodegradable materials like biodegradable plastics, pigments and other additives will help empower the circular economy and spearhead the transition to a cleaner and healthier planet.
Our microbes are unique in their ability to produce complementary biomaterials simultaneously – in a single fermentation process – and to do so without diverting nutrients and land away from use for food production.
Ourobio began as an academic research project called Transfoam in early 2019 and was spun out in March 2020 with the goal of reducing microplastic pollution and the barriers to biodegradable plastic adoption. Our founders have been working together for over three years and offer a shared passion for sustainability and complementary experience in entrepreneurship, synthetic biology, and biochemistry.