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Bill Gates Backs $33M Round for Chicago Startup Developing Lab-Grown Protein

Feb 8, 2019

Lab Grown Protein- Chicago startup developing a new way to grow edible protein

Sustainable Bioproducts started as a research project from NASA, which aimed to discover what the environment on places like Jupiter and elsewhere in the galaxy would need to look like—physically and chemically—to look for life, Thomas Jonas, the startup’s CEO, said in an interview. The research took them to Yellowstone national park, where they studied microbes that could survive in very extreme environments.

Through that work, the startup discovered a fermentation process to efficiently grow edible protein from microscopic organisms that it hopes could one day be a replacement for animal-based meats.

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