We are initially addressing two key challenges in food production, increasing productivity and reducing waste. As the population increases by 30% over the next 25 years, we will need to produce twice as much food overall, and currently the world wastes a third of the food it produces. We are addressing challenges on the production side via improved, safe biopesticides, and on the waste side, with novel biopreservatives.
Boost Biomes has a proprietary discovery platform that uses high throughput sequencing, selective enrichment and advanced informatics to identify microbial products with important commercial roles. This approach is faster and less expensive than traditional approaches and uniquely identifies multi-microbial products which are often more effective than single microbe products.
The world’s population continues to grow, but the world’s resources do not. For a future that is sustainable and exciting we have to fundamentally become more efficient, we have to do more with less. Microbes are the most efficient chemists on the planet and they play critical roles in areas ranging from agriculture to human and animal health. Harnessing their potential is imperative to a future of sustainability on a planet with fixed-resources.
JLABS @ SSF allowed us to move our science forward faster than we could have at any other location. We are small, and we are generating data rapidly. We cannot afford any downtime, and when we moved in to JLABS we were able to start experiments on the day after we moved in. This is a reflection not only of the prep work that JLABS does with incoming companies, but also their excellent resources and infrastructure.
Meet the team:
Robert McBride, PhD – Co-Founder
Jamie Bacher, PhD – Co-Founder
Karen Hunt – Scientist
Maria Brooks - Vice President of Business Development
Veronica Garcia - Associate Scientist