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Ranking: 23

Industry: Biotech

Mission: A biotechnology company that develops sustainable ingredients for hygiene, beauty, and fragrance markets. They use renewably-sourced carbon from plants to make custom molecules that create better, more effective products. Their ingredients are included in over 3,000 products from the world’s top brands, reaching more than 200 million consumers.

What 3 words best describe your company culture?

Innovation, Collaboration, Integrity

What quote best exemplifies your company?

“For sustainability to be a difference maker for everyone on our planet, including the planet itself, it has to be mainstream. It has to be something people naturally do, feel good about doing, and because it’s the first choice, not the alternative.” ― John Melo, CEO 

How is your product or service having a positive social and/or environmental impact?

Fermentation is the clearest and most sustainable path to creating access to natural ingredients. Consumers are focusing more and more on sustainability and the health of the planet, and especially with the pandemic, desire products that are healthy for them. For instance, we fast-tracked the development of a hand sanitizer in early spring, then donated the first 20K to frontline workers in hospitals throughout California and New York state. In addition, our technology supports biodiversity through reduced land and aquatic life use in the development of sustainable alternatives to non-sustainable (animal, petrochemical or endangered plant-derived) ingredients, and in turn, creating greater sustainability in the health, wellness and beauty products that contain them.

What is your company’s vision for the future?

Our mission is to transform the acceleration of the world’s transition to sustainable consumption. Through biotechnology, we can build a healthier planet. Fermentation from sustainably sourced sugarcane can rapidly develop and produce an unlimited scale of ingredients we use every day for our health and wellbeing. We are dedicated to providing an infinite supply of sustainable, affordable, and healthy ingredients.

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