Our Story

WE MAKE TOMORROW
From electronics materials to agricultural solutions to personal care products and beyond, we are re-imagining the world’s products by re-thinking biology.

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. 

Our partners have already sold over $1 billion worth of product created with our innovations and microbial strains.

QUICK FACTS

  • 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.
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