Polybion

Biology as Technology

Headquarters: Irapuato, Mexico
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Why

We are facing a major threat as a species; planetary health collapse. There is no Planet B. Cycles are a constant throughout the natural world. On the other hand, our economy is only 8.6% circular. Meaning that less than 9% of the planet’s resources are going through the “reduce-reuse-upcycle” model of a circular economy. The rest is still linear, as a direct result of a century old manufacturing system. In a world with 7.6 billion people, today’s economic and manufacturing models are both obsolete. Meanwhile, the intersection between biology and technology; what we call Biosoft, is creating new bioassembly platforms that allow us to fine tune material deposition to the atomic level. This allows us to circularize supply chains, while using waste carbon, to create fixes for the planet and new opportunities to design with nature, to manufacture with the building blocks of life. By harnessing nature’s design principles and leveraging its manufacturing capacity, we are now entering a new era for mankind. Biology is the most advanced manufacturing technology on the planet and it’s also the greatest tool available to face humanity’s greatest challenges, like planetary health. It will be the key to our survival here on Earth, and key to our transformation into a spacefaring civilization. We are on the verge of a BioFabrication revolution that will fundamentally transform the way humans produce the vast majority of its most basic and sophisticated goods, i.e. materials, medicines, clothing, food, meta materials and even organs. The next industrial revolution comes from nature and it has the potential to be a primary economic driver. According to IndieBio, it could add over $100 trillion to the global economy by 2040.


Profile

Polybion is creating the next generation of high performance & circular carbon sourced (CCS) bioassembled materials; designed with the precision of nature’s building blocks and manufactured with biology’s oldest and most abundant molecular assembly lines; prokaryotes. The Mexican company was founded in 2015 by brothers Axel & Alexis Gómez-Ortigoza and materials PhD. Bárbara González Rolón, who developed the tools and technology to grow high-performance bio-assembled materials from agroindustrial waste and living organisms such as bacteria and fungi. Polybion’s mantra is to become a beacon for sustainability and circular economy, powered by biology’s 3.5 billion year old manufacturing capabilities. For Polybion, food waste is a very valuable asset and a starting point for value creation. Celium is their first bio-assembled textile, its growth process is not only animal-free, it also up-cycles food waste. Waste as raw material has become a north star for Polybion’s ventures and a driving force for the company’s long term strategy. Polybion aims to create a series of new commodities in the form of metamaterials, and Celium is the first of this series; a bacterial cellulose based biotextile with industry grade performance and unique characteristics that aims to become a new gold standard material. Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer on the planet. Polybion is working with forward-thinking, global, consumer brands in fashion, sportswear, apparel and automotive sectors to make bio-assembled materials such as Celium a mainstream commodity and to market biology’s wonders to the world.


Impact

  • By offering a cell-based and vegan solution to leather, we avoid the devastating effect of oil extraction and intensive farming respectively.
  • By using food waste as raw material, we avoid waste carbon to enter the environment in the form of methane (GHG) and instead trap it in material form so that it can be composted at the end of its life cycle, through a circular economic model, that promotes a specific composting route that traps the carbon in the soil through microbiota and rhizomes, preventing this carbon from reaching the environment and heating our planet.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

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