Revolutionary biomaterials

for forward thinkers.

Performance

meets possibility.

Using cutting-edge technology modeled on nature’s own design, Polybion™ grows premium, high-performance biomaterials from fruit waste.

From linear to circular

From leftover to constructive

From old ways to Celium™

We believe biology is the best tool to face our global challenges. We use locally produced agro-industrial fruit waste as raw material to craft forward-thinking biomaterials such as Celium™- Premium Cultivated Cellulose. By manufacturing with the building blocks of life and circularizing supply chains, we produce a superior material while prioritizing our planet.

Natural systems are cyclical; waste becomes nutrients that initiate new growth. By learning from nature, Polybion™ developed a production model that is not linear but a loop, simultaneously alleviating three major environmental problems: livestock, food waste, and plastic. This represents a paradigm shift from centuries of resource-mining practices to the regenerative cultivation of resources. Polybion™ is proud to be leading this charge.

Founded by brothers Axel and Alexis Gómez Ortigoza with Bárbara González Rolón, PhD, Polybion™ is a diverse group of biotechnologists, chemists, biologists, engineers, financiers, creatives, designers, and political scientists. We take inspiration from natural processes and organisms, and we share a common dream to create a better world.

Impact requires scale

Bio innovations and sustainable solutions face a common challenge: scalability.

By 2030, as the consumer class reaches nearly 5 billion, affordability and accessibility become crucial for next-gen materials like Celium™ - Premium Cultivated Cellulose.

In 2022, we reached a pivotal milestone by launching FOAK I, the first-ever bacterial cellulose production facility. Spanning 14,000 sq. ft., it's designed to produce 1.1 million sq. ft. of Celium™ annually.

Our scaling strategy is built on three pillars: volume, consistent quality, and competitive pricing. Unlike other biomaterials, our process uses minimal infrastructure and fruit waste, leveraging existing large-scale fermentation equipment. This not only makes scaling up more feasible but also ensures our technology can be easily adopted worldwide.

During 2024, we're focusing on automating our processes to enhance efficiency, quality, and reduce cycle times.

Where biology meets creativity, the future unfolds.

Celium™

Cel (derived from the word cellulose, the most abundant organic polymer on Earth) + ium (the Latin suffix used in chemical elements)

Celium™- Premium Cultivated Cellulose, is grown by feeding bacteria with agroindustrial fruit waste. A versatile textile with endless design possibilities, it can be customized by color, graining, embossing, and water resistance—all while preserving its exceptional strength. 

Celium™ is vegan and organic, and we control the thickness through its growth, making it easy to tailor. Due to its biological nature, each piece of Celium™ is unique and distinct as a fingerprint, lending it the hallmark of luxury.

Nature chose cellulose to structure many of its most precious creations. We’ve captured that wisdom in Celium™.

Technology

We industrialized cellular agriculture to biofabricate Celium™. Combining material science with bioengineering, our technology is scalable, modular, and high yielding.

In cellular agriculture, cells from fungi, bacteria, or mammals consume nutrients in a sterile environment that promotes growth. We grow Celium™ by feeding bacteria with agro-industrial fruit waste. But first, we set up the perfect environment for the cells to self-organize and they create the cellulose structure as a metabolic by-product. Once formed, Celium’s cell-based membrane undergoes a sustainable stabilization process to achieve its high-performance characteristics.

Our production model is EPA, REACH, and ZDHC compliant and concentrated within a 30-mile radius, dramatically reducing our carbon footprint. There is currently enough of the fruit waste we use to produce 168,000,000 square feet of Celium™ annually (and we have identified three other types of local fruit waste equally abundant). With zero hazardous chemicals released in any part of the process, nor significant biomass outputs between growth cycles, Celium™ is as circular as it gets.

"Polybion Wins "Redesign Everything" Challenge with Celium™”

  • Published on
  • May 30, 2024

Polybion has been recognized in the materials category of the prestigious "Redesign Everything" challenge by What Design Can Do (WDCD).

This marks a significant milestone for our team and underscores the impact of our innovative work with Celium™ – Premium Cultivated Cellulose.

What Design Can Do is an internationally acclaimed platform dedicated to exploring the potential of design as a tool for social change. Founded in Amsterdam, WDCD hosts various initiatives and challenges that invite designers and innovators worldwide to tackle pressing global issues through creative and sustainable solutions. The "Redesign Everything" challenge specifically calls for groundbreaking approaches to rethinking and redesigning products, materials, systems, and services to address urgent climate crises. This year's competition was particularly competitive, with 557 submissions from 73 countries. These entries spanned five categories: Products, Materials, Communications, Systems & Services, and Spaces.

We are excited to share that Polybion participated in the highly contested materials category, which saw 98 innovative material projects submitted. Celium™ stood out among these entries for its unique approach to sustainability and material innovation. By utilizing agro-industrial fruit waste, Celium™ transforms waste into a high-quality, versatile fabric, setting new standards in environmental responsibility,  material performance and aesthetics. Winning this award is a testament to a decade of meticulous research, development, and refinement. It validates our efforts to push the boundaries of what is possible in material science and our commitment to creating great products that transcend mere sustainability.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to explore new frontiers in sustainability and material innovation.