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transforming Industrial byproducts into bio-based petrochemical alternatives

Using Synthetic Biology to Create the Circular Economy

Harnessing the power of microorganisms, we are building a platform technology 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 twice about the composition of the products we use, how they’re made, and how that impacts their disposal and the environment.

By using waste-based raw materials, our circular biomanufacturing practices will reduce both the cost and footprint of our portfolio.

Creating Fully Biodegradable Plastic Additives

The need for better plastic use and disposal practices is at the forefront of our transition to a circular economy.

Bioplastics are benign to human health and offer a greener beginning and end of life than petroplastics. Polyhydroxybutrayte (PHB) is a fully bio-based and biodegradable polymer that can help replace petroplastics in goods in nearly every product they can be found in today.

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 optimization of these processes to develop scalable biomanufacturing processes.

Our proprietary bioprocess upcycles organic industrial byproducts into a plastic-like polymer produced naturally by microorganisms throughout the environment.

Petrochemicals Are Destroying Our Planet,

We’re Doing Something About It.

It’s  estimated that humans consume upwards of 50,000 microplastic particles daily – or approximately a credit card’s worth of plastic each week. Much of this is a result of direct consumption during use in foodservice goods, and the remainder is attributable to accumulation in the environment.

Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) is a bio-based and biodegradable polymer with properties suited to replace polypropylene (PP – plastic #5) and polyethylene (PE – plastics #2 and #4). PHB’s rapid, nontoxic biodegradation – which occurs even without the need for composting – is unmatched by any material of the same durability.

Our process uses engineered microorganisms to transform waste into a low-footprint, performance-enhancing bioplastic additives.

Our Team

Transfoam began as an academic research project in early 2019 and was spun out in March 2020 with the goal of reducing microplastic pollution and the barriers to biodegradable plastic production. Our founders have been working together for nearly three years and offer a shared passion for sustainability and complementary experience in entrepreneurship, synthetic biology and bioprocess optimization.