for forward thinkers.
Using cutting-edge technology modeled on nature’s own design, Polybion™ creates premium, high-performance biomaterials from fruit waste.
We are growing a better future one cell at a time.
From linear to circular
From leftover to constructive
From leather 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 a sustainable leather alternative. 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.
Most leather consumer goods today are either animal-based or petroleum-derived, and by 2030, the consumer class will reach nearly 5 billion people. Next-generation materials can only impact long-term global sustainability if they are affordable and available on a mass scale.
Scalability is at the core of Polybion™'s premise. Industrializing cellular agriculture to grow our leather alternative Celium™ has been a cornerstone of the company since its inception. With this mission in mind, we built FOAK (first-of-a-kind) I, the world's first industrial-scale facility for the production of bacterial cellulose. FOAK I will reach an annual production capacity of 1.1M sq.ft of Celium™ by the end of 2023. That’s the equivalent of 275,000 luxury handbags.
The next industrial revolution comes from nature.
Cel (derived from the word cellulose, the most abundant organic polymer on Earth) + ium (the Latin suffix used in chemical elements)
Celium™ is a premium alternative to animal-based leather and petroleum-derived synthetics composed of bacterial cellulose. A versatile textile with endless design possibilities, it can be customized by color, graining, embossing, and water resistance—all while preserving its exceptional strength.
Vegan and organic, Celium™ weighs less than cowhide, 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™.
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.
Innovating for Tomorrow: Our Highlights from Biofabricate Paris Summit
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- February 6, 2024
Biofabricate Paris Summit 2024 was a pivotal moment for Polybion, a testament to our journey in the realm of sustainable material innovation. We extend our deepest gratitude to those who visited our booth, engaging with our latest advancements. This year, we were thrilled to exhibit the Bou Bag and Ganni's Signature Blazer, both crafted with Celium™, our Premium Cultivated Cellulose, showcasing our partnership with Ganni.
“This year, we were thrilled to exhibit the Bou Bag and Ganni's Signature Blazer, both crafted with Celium™”
Our participation in the "Colliding Worlds'' panel, alongside esteemed industry figures like Matt Scullin from Mycoworks and Jacqueline Ros from Matereal, was an enriching experience. The discussions provided deep dives into the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the bioeconomy, underscoring the vital importance of collaboration and innovation in our field.
The summit was a beacon for the unique potential of biomaterials, emphasizing the need to recognize and embrace these materials for their intrinsic qualities, rather than mere alternatives to traditional resources. This sentiment, echoed by Suzanne Lee, highlights the growing recognition of biomaterials' value beyond comparison to incumbent materials. As we advance, our commitment to pioneering sustainable technology and design remains unwavering, promising a future where innovation drives us towards a more sustainable world.
“The growing recognition of biomaterials' value beyond comparison to incumbent materials.”
In this era of innovation, Biofabricate 2024 not only highlighted our contributions but also set the stage for a future where biomaterials shine on their own merit. Let us continue to push the boundaries, embracing the natural artistry of materials like Celium™, as we step into a future crafted by visionary collaboration and sustainable innovation.