If you were at SynBioBeta this year, you would have heard Charles Dimmler, Co-founder and CEO of Checkerspot, sharing "7 lessons for making it real".

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If you were at SynBioBeta this year, you would have heard Charles Dimmler, Co-founder and CEO of Checkerspot, sharing "7 lessons for making it real". If you couldn't make it to the event, check out this video, and if you haven't heard of Checkerspot before, they are creating a new breed of performance materials that expands the possibilities beyond commodity oils and is driving the materials industry towards a post petroleum future, all with the power of fermentation!

Charles Dimmler, co-founder and CEO of Checkerspot, at SynBioBeta 2022.

In funding news, Peptone, a London-based startup that is using artificial intelligence to pursue a tricky class of potential targets for new medicines, has raised an additional $40 million in venture capital investment to fund its expansion.

The UK ecosystem has been going from strength to strength. A big congratulations to Orr Yarkoni for raising a £18 million series B. Colorifix is using a biological process to produce, deposit and fix pigments onto textiles. We've talked before about how dirty the fashion industry is, and how the bioeconomy can make it less dirty. Colorifix is the real deal!

Orr Yarkoni, CEO of Colorifix, at SynBioBeta 2017.

Spotlight on: Lumen Bio

The human immune system is very good at recognizing foreign proteins. While this is critical for protecting against infections, it is sometimes too good: protein therapeutics like monoclonal antibodies are typically much safer than small molecule drugs, but the body often rejects them as foreign. Meet Lumen Bioscience, an antibody engineering company delivering therapeutics to places where our bodies won’t reject them: the GI tract, nasal passages, and skin. Our immune system is accustomed to all the foreign proteins we eat, smell, and touch, so this improves safety. These antibody drugs can be delivered in higher concentrations which improves efficacy against certain diseases. Learn more about Lumen’s promising clinical trial results and how they can produce antibodies at one-hundredth of the cost!

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