Synthetic Biology

Motif FoodWorks: A Food Technology Company

There’s a popular saying that goes something like this: Some people eat to live and others live to eat. Our globe-trotting MBAs definitely fall into the latter category, which is one reason why we’ve been so tepid on the whole plant-based foods and alternative protein markets. More objectively, we’re skeptical that these technologies can achieve […]

Amyris Stock – Producing Ingredients Using Synbio

Fake it until you make it applies to the startup world as well. Oftentimes, a company will set out doing “business plan A” and end up finalizing on “business plan E.” That’s fine when you’re growing a new business, but not so good when you’re a publicly traded stock (cough, Organovo, cough). Sometimes you’ll have […]

7 Companies Doing DNA Synthesis for Medical R&D

One of the important figures behind deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) synthesis technology is biochemist and Nobel Laureate Kary Mullis. Allegedly, he discovered a way to synthetically replicate DNA through what is now known as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) while dropping massive hits of acid on his way home from work. And despite the massive potential behind […]

Codex DNA Stock – A Desktop DNA Factory

We’re often asked why we write about companies that aren’t publicly traded. That’s because in the world of emerging technologies, the most exciting stuff is still in the process of emerging. When a company gets traction – what we define as meaningful revenue growth – they often decide to have an initial public offering (IPO). […]

Ginkgo Bioworks Stock is a Risky Bet on Synbio

We always say you shouldn’t invest in stories, but sometimes it’s so darn hard not to. That’s because deep down inside, we all like to have a punt now and then. It isn’t often we’re compelled to invest in teams with dreams, but Ginkgo Bioworks tempts our risk-averse nature like few others have. Since we […]

Why is Berkeley Lights Stock Falling?

Some interesting things happen when you start telling people what stocks you’re invested in. They’ll start making assumptions. For example, one reader commented that we were “bearish on Palantir” when we opted to invest in C3 (AI) instead. That made us think. Maybe we ought to do a proper comparison between these two companies so […]

5 Novel Therapies Using Synthetic Biology

The 1997 film “Gattaca” promised a future where humans would be free of disease and babies born on demand with the latest upgrades, including enhanced speed, intelligence, and beauty. Much like a new Tesla Roadster. However, despite the technological predictions offered by Hollywood moviemakers, we’re still living in a time when synthetic biology is working […]

Zymergen Stock is About Manufacturing with Nature

People often ask why we cover startups when our primary mandate is to cover publicly traded technology stocks. That’s because we want to know about promising companies that may soon offer shares to the public. When that happens, we’re one step ahead of the game. Today’s announcement of an IPO by Zymergen is a good […]

Company Uses AI Drug Discovery for Designing Biologics

The bright minds at Insilico Medicine announced just today a major breakthrough in the rapidly growing field of AI drug discovery. The Hong Kong startup used a type of AI system called deep learning to simultaneously identify both a small-molecule drug and its ideal biological target to treat pulmonary fibrosis. It took just 18 months […]

Ginkgo Bioworks Scales Biology for Industrial Synbio

At the beginning of the month, we talked trash. Specifically, the piles of plastic that threaten to overwhelm many countries in the world. One long-term solution is to use biodegradable bioplastics made from natural renewable resources like algae. But that still leaves a legacy of water bottles, packaging, and Kardashian body parts that will be […]