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 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 Bio-Based, 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. Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are bio-based, biodegradable polymers that can help replace petroplastics in goods in nearly every product they’re 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 fine-tuning of these processes to develop scalable precision biomanufacturing processes.
Our bioprocesses upcycle industrial byproducts into bio-based chemicals and materials produced naturally by microorganisms 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 approach uses engineered microorganisms to produce complementary bio-based, biodegradable products simultaneously – in a single fermentation process – and to do so without diverting farmland 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 production. 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.