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The Power of Algae 1050 210 checkerspot

The Power of Algae

Algae are being tapped as a new resource to make fibres, finishes and dyes for the textile industry. Algae bloom can provide cellulose or proteins, and in microalgae form, the species can produce non-petrochemical oils.

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This Company Thinks Algae Will Make Better Skis 1000 173 checkerspot

This Company Thinks Algae Will Make Better Skis

Matt Sterbenz believes his company, WNDR Alpine, may have just made the best ski ever. It happens to be built with algae.

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THE WILD WORLD OF MICROBE-MADE PRODUCTS – SKIS NOW INCLUDED 732 168 checkerspot

THE WILD WORLD OF MICROBE-MADE PRODUCTS – SKIS NOW INCLUDED

This winter, you can carve the fresh powder of the backcountry on a pair of high-performance, eco-friendly skis designed by world-famous athletes and made from a material produced by microscopic algae. Yes, algae.

The skis, made by a rather unconventional Bay Area biotech company, are a new addition to the long list of products currently being made from chemicals and compounds produced by specially engineered microbes – a field known as biomanufacturing.

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Nature Unlocked: How Matt Sterbenz is using biobased materials to change the game in skiing 375 104 checkerspot

Nature Unlocked: How Matt Sterbenz is using biobased materials to change the game in skiing

What if sustainably derived materials can not only compete with traditional, petroleum-based materials, but actually beat them out? That was the first question Checkerspot founders asked themselves. Once the Berkeley, California-based biotech startup answered the question resoundingly in the affirmative, it set its sights on new pursuits: among them, building skis.

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IS DIRECT TO CONSUMER MARKETING THE KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF SYNBIO? 360 110 checkerspot

IS DIRECT TO CONSUMER MARKETING THE KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF SYNBIO?

We spoke with Scott Franklin, Co-Founder and CSO at Checkerspot. Checkerspot is a synthetic biology company biomanufacturing high quality renewable materials for consumer goods. Scott’s deep technical expertise coupled with his diverse experiences commercializing bio-based products has led him to believe that marketing is often overlooked as a critical factor to a biotech company’s success. 

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Gore-Tex Bets On Synthetic Biology 600 200 checkerspot

Gore-Tex Bets On Synthetic Biology

L. Gore & Associates (Gore) today announced a collaboration with Checkerspot, bringing together Checkerspot’s expertise in bio-based polymers and biotechnology with Gore’s decades of experience in high performance apparel. Together, they will explore innovative performance materials development with the goal of delivering high performance textile coatings with improved environmental profiles.

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Gore Innovation Center and Checkerspot Collaborate on High Performance Textiles 940 366 checkerspot

Gore Innovation Center and Checkerspot Collaborate on High Performance Textiles

Silicon Valley-based Gore Innovation Center announces collaboration with materials startup Checkerspot

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Watch How These Synthetic Biology Companies Will Disrupt the Automotive Industry 600 200 checkerspot

Watch How These Synthetic Biology Companies Will Disrupt the Automotive Industry

From car seats made of algae and leather made of fungi, synthetic biology looks to shake up the automobile industry.

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The NEXT 50 Companies to Disrupt the World 1125 336 checkerspot

The NEXT 50 Companies to Disrupt the World

In Florida, The Digest recognized the NEXT 50, “the 50 Next Companies to Disrupt the World”, bioeconomy companies that are on the journey to commercial scale with an emerging technology.

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ALGAE IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF MATERIALS 312 162 checkerspot

ALGAE IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF MATERIALS

Checkerspot, a start-up materials company, is using biotechnology to harness the power of nature, fermenting algae to produce novel bio-based oils for use in materials in the outdoor recreational sector and an expanding number of other applications.

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