A New Era of Biological Engineering: Investing in Caladan Bio

Imagine a chef in a futuristic kitchen, where instead of pots and pans, there are bioreactors, and instead of ingredients like flour and sugar, there are cells and enzymes. This chef isn’t just making meals; they’re crafting everything from Insulin to Impossible Burgers and from Seventh Generation cleaners to Lancôme skin serums.

This is the world of biomanufacturing, where biology meets manufacturing to create products ranging from life-saving medicines to sustainable materials like bioplastics.

Jensen Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, perfectly captures the essence of this revolutionary moment in biomanufacturing:

“For the very first time in our history, biology has the opportunity to be engineering, not science.”

What he means is that we are now able to design and control biological systems with the same precision that engineers apply to building bridges or developing software.

Biomanufacturing uses cell culture and fermentation techniques, akin to brewing beer, but the end products are far more diverse and impactful. The process occurs in specialized facilities designed to maintain sterility, akin to operating rooms in hospitals, utilizing sophisticated and expensive equipment such as bioreactors to cultivate cells.

Yet, for all its promise, biomanufacturing isn’t without its hurdles. Scaling up from a petri dish to production levels without breaking the bank or bending the laws of biology presents significant challenges. Production can be slow and costly, and batch variability can confound results.

Enter Caladan Bio. The company leverages an integrated suite of advanced sensors and software that enhances decision-making and operational agility through the use of AI. This technology allows for real-time adjustments in the biomanufacturing process, significantly improving both efficiency and output quality.

“This isn’t just an incremental improvement; it’s a paradigm shift in how we produce biological products.”

We believe these innovations will help usher in a future where biological manufacturing is as routine and controllable as any traditional engineering process. This isn’t just an incremental improvement; it’s a paradigm shift in how we produce biological products. We are thrilled to support Mike Kobida and Rob Jauquet at Caladan Bio, alongside our friends at Twelve Below, Wireframe, and Lerer Hippeau.

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