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We help accelerate

the World’s quest

for sustainable

food and materials

We help accelerate the World’s quest for sustainable food and materials


The World needs new solutions to tackle the mounting sustainability challenges.
Biotech offers an extraordinary potential to replace and improve many foods and materials with attractive sustainable bio-based solutions*. With the advances in technology, insight and data, the discovery of new molecules has only just begun.

However, far too few promising molecule innovations have been successfully commercialized and made a true sustainable impact on the World.

Industrial biotech innovations often stumble in the delivery step – i.e., turning the discovery into cost competitive products produced at large scale. Many great innovations become niche rather than mainstream products mainly due to a too high price of production and difficulty in developing the required production process within a reasonable time frame. Industry insiders call the delivery step the “Valley of Death”.

21st.BIO aims to be the World’s leading scaling hub for innovators of new molecules in industrial biotech. We build and prove your manufacturing technology together with you.

We commit to helping unlock the enormous potential, by helping innovators bridge the Valley of Death – and to make their innovations truly relevant to the World. In essence, we help people who change the World!

By doing this, we create a unique and unrivalled environment for global top talent to thrive and develop. 

*“As much as 60 percent of the physical inputs to the global economy could be produced biologically.”
McKinsey & Co, BioRevolution 2020

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Why is this so important

… for the planet

What: Foods and materials based on animals and petrochemistry have negative impacts on not only the World climate but also the availability of freshwater and agricultural land.

How: Microorganisms can be engineered to produce molecules like food proteins and fats or structural components like silk and collagen with high efficiency, low emissions and minimum use of water and energy. This offers the possibility to replace the current molecules though a much more sustainable and clean production process. It also offers possibilities to produce new and better molecules – e.g, with a better nutritional profile and better functional properties.

… for the consumers

What: Concerns such as animal welfare and climate and environmental impact are causing many consumers to choose products of non-animal and non-petrochemical origin.

How: Microbial fermentation processes allow for production of animal-identical proteins without the use of animals. By use of microbial engineering innovators can create sustainable materials with new characteristics such as biodegradability and improved tensile strength.

… for your company

What: Scaling of new technologies to produce compounds at a competitive cost is very challenging and many companies fail in this. In biotechnology, manufacturing and delivery of proteins and peptides require fundamentally different competencies and tools than are needed in the discovery and application phases.

How: At 21st.BIO we have the competencies and tools to help you from the initial strain construction to the commercial scale manufacturing. We help you establish a World class industrial manufacturing process in biology.

In a few years, there will be no need to compromise on quality and price when choosing non-animal or non-petrochemical products. Precision fermentation is already consolidated technology in production of pharma API’s and higher value proteins like technical enzymes. For bulk compounds like food proteins, the precision fermentation industry is continuously improving processes and equipment to enable competitive manufacturing processes of alternative proteins.