New Feedstocks for Biomanufacturing

Secure, Sustainable, Self-sufficient Island Communities

The Problem

The new bioeconomy has been built on agricultural surplus: food, fuel, medicine and materials produced from agricultural byproducts. But cheap plant-derived sugars, organic acids, and other carbon feedstocks for biomanufacturing isn't available to all communities. For highly urbanized, remote communities, such as Hawai'i, the slow return to agriculture from a tourism dependent economy is slow, hampering the transition to a secure, sustainable, and self-sufficient circular bioeconomy.

The Opportunity

The ubiquitous unnatural resource of the Plastocene is plastic waste: a dense source of fossil-fuel derived carbon typically piled on valuable land in landfills or incinerated to carbon dioxide. Transforming this carbon into a biodegradable feedstock compatible with the microbial and cellular workhorses of modern biomanufacturing provides a dual solution:  essential and high-value products of biotechnology grown from a persistent environmental pollutant.

See our full infographic and white paper on Biomanufacturing in the Plastocene for more.

What we're doing about it


Carbonmeal produced from the PICO process has exciting potential beyond a sustainable soil amendment. We're working to carefully screen and evolve key microbes and cell-lines to utilize Carbonmeal and it's derivatives to produce a wide range of food, fuels, medicines and materials.

We're actively looking for collaborators on this project. Reach out via our  Contacts page.