Our StoryWE MAKE TOMORROW
WHO WE ARE
Zymergen is a science and material innovation company. We partner with nature to create previously unimaginable materials and are changing not only how things are made but what they are made of. Foldable electronics that actually fold, bacteria that eats plastic, an insect repellent as effective as it is natural, a solution to help farmers protect their crops to feed a growing global population. These are not pipe dreams, this is what we do every day.
We develop and commercialize our materials with a unique technology platform that combines biology, machine learning and automation. With one of the largest libraries of proprietary genomic data in the world, we are able to find pathways that humans alone simply can’t. As a result, we can bring new products to market in as little as half the time and for a dramatically lower cost than companies that use petrochemical-based materials.
Our partners have already sold over $1 billion worth of product created with our innovations and microbial strains, and we have three new products launching in the next 18-24 months. This isn’t science fiction, this is science fact.
- FOUNDED IN 2013
By Jed Dean, Josh Hoffman, and Zach Serber in a dining room. And a liveaboard sailboat.
- HEADQUARTERED IN EMERYVILLE, CALIFORNIA
Along with offices in Boise, Boston, Seattle, and Tokyo.
- $1BN OF PRODUCT SOLD
With Zymergen-engineered microbes as of December 2019.
- WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM TECH PIONEER
Named one of 44 Lighthouse companies worldwide re-inventing manufacturing.
- OUR NAME
Curious about our name?
The name is a mash up of three terms: zymurgy (study of fermentation) + merge + genomics. The word merge is embedded in the name, because we bring together different technical disciplines; life science with electronics, biology with chemistry and material science.