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Geltor Announces Series A Funding from Cultivian Sandbox Ventures

Bio-design company launches its Designer Collagen business globally for the beauty, nutraceutical, and food and beverage industries San Leandro, Calif. – Geltor, the bio-design company behind Designer Collagen, today announced $18.2 million in Series A financing, led by Cultivian Sandbox Ventures. The round includes investment from GELITA, the leading global supplier of collagen proteins, and ADM Ventures, the venture investing arm of global food and feed ingredient provider, Archer Daniels ...
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Geltor Inc. Wins Prestigious 2018 CEW Innovation Award

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 18, 2018 – Geltor Inc., the ingredient design company, was named the winner of the 2018 CEW Beauty “Innovation of the Year” Award. The CEW Beauty Awards are the industry’s highest honor and have elevated the most innovative products for more than 20 years. Geltor was selected as the winner from a group of 6 semi-finalists, including BASF Corp, Clariant, and Stepan Company. Geltor combines computation, biology, and materials science to design superior ingredient...
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Newsweek: WORLD’S FIRST ANIMAL-FREE LEATHER-BOUND BOOK ON EBAY FOR $10,000

Newsweek shares our story of turning nature’s best materials into transformational products with unique stories. “‘We wanted something that would share bovine features but also could do other things that we wanted to explore,’ Alex Lorestani, CEO of Geltor told Newsweek. Lorestani explained that jellyfish collagen is flexible but firm, like bovine leather, and it can be made in a liquid-like solution to be formed into whatever shape Geltor wants.” Read the full story here.
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San Leandro lab’s secret foray yields animal-free leather

Want to see how we design and build texture with biology? Jon Kauffman describes the first vintage of our first biotextile in the San Francisco Chronicle. We bound Paul Shapiro’s book, Clean Meat, with the first cut! “You’d think that the most realistic book cover would come from cow or pig collagen, but the company’s scientists preferred jellyfish collagen instead. In fact, said CEO Alexander Lorestani, Geltor wants to dispense with hidebound notions of what leather should be. &...
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Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch in 2018

Geltor’s Alex Lorestani and Nick Ouzounov are in Food Navigator USA’s list of food and beverage entrepreneurs to watch in 2018: “As anyone that’s tried a vegan gummy bear will tell you, it’s incredibly hard to replicate the unique properties of gelatin, a gelling agent derived from animal skin, bones and connective tissues used in everything from candies to Jello. But what if you could deliver the real thing… without slaughtering any animals?” Read the full article here.
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Why Fermentation is the Future of Food Tech

Geltor is the subject of a Fortune article! “In 2015 Nick Ouzounov and Alexander Lorestani applied to the San Francisco–based biotech accelerator IndieBio. The two Princeton Ph.D.s had an idea for a way to engineer a microbe that could build vast amounts of protein designed for specific functions. They envisioned that it could have biopharma applications, such as being used to produce insulin.” “The groundbreaking idea that they went with? Animal-free gelatin, which in its regular form is derived from collagen—a material that is typically made from the bones, skin, and tissues of cows and pigs.” Check out the full story.
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Geltor on the News

Geltor’s innovative solutions were featured in several media outlets over the last few months, and we’re thrilled to share some of these stories and articles here. Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch: From animal-free milk and gelatin to treenut chees, pleo pancakes and beny brownies. Food Navigator USA Meet the ‘vegan mafia,’ a secret group of investors betting on the future of food. CNBC Engineering the animal out of animal products. Nature Biotechnology Geltor: Silicon Valley...
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