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Engineering Photosystems


BiPlastiq engineers Artificial Photosystems into Synthetic Biology

...endowing Biological Systems

with the ability to Metabolize the Energy of Light.

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Engineering Photosystems


BiPlastiq engineers Artificial Photosystems into Synthetic Biology

...endowing Biological Systems

with the ability to Metabolize the Energy of Light.

An Introduction

 

 

Located in New York, BiPlastiq is a startup dedicated to developing radical advancements in Synthetic Biology. Our eponymous platform (pronounced Bi-Plastic) genetically engineers cells with artificial photosystems capable of metabolizing the energy of light. Once activated by a proprietary form of light transmission, these engineered cells instantaneously meet their energy demands by engaging in a form of "Artificial Photosynthesis".

BiPlastiq's features exponentially increase the energy production, growth and proliferation of engineered organisms; as a result, our platform is poised to revolutionize a number of nascent applications within Synthetic Biology from Bio-Fabrication to the Therapeutic Cloning of tissues. Imagine a world where bioreactors produce complex molecular products from textiles to pharmaceuticals at an exponentially lower cost; and where regenerative therapeutics (such as tissue replacements) are produced in a hours, healing patients in weeks rather than months. This is the future of Synthetic Biology; and BiPlastiq is the gatekeeper, opening the doors to a new horizon in biotechnological development. 

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BioFabrication


By providing cells with an Instantaneous source of energy, BiPlastiq will enable the realization of novel Fabrication techniques designed to support an array of products manufactured by Cell Cultures

BioFabrication


By providing cells with an Instantaneous source of energy, BiPlastiq will enable the realization of novel Fabrication techniques designed to support an array of products manufactured by Cell Cultures

Bio-Fabrication is the Future of Manufacturing

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For millennia, microorganisms have been utilized in the production of consumable products like bread, beer, wine and cheese. But until recently, humankind's methods for engineering these organisms have been limited to the labor-intensive and time-consuming processes of curated breeding. Yet, with the dawn of genetic engineering came the ability to directly program the genomes of these organisms, tailoring them to specific tasks. 

The disruptive potential of cell-based manufacturing has led developers to increasingly appropriate novel fabrication techniques that utilize cell-cultures. Utilizing advanced toolsets, these developers are engineering organisms to produce complex molecular compounds, high quality materials and even lab grown tissues. Metabolic enhancement offers us the opportunity to profoundly enhance the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of these platforms; and Photosystems can achieve this feat by enhancing the very Biological Systems on which Synthetic Biology depends, making energy instantaneously available to cells during their most metabolically-intensive tasks.

BiPlastiq is dedicated to establishing a rich toolset of repeatable designs and processes for the metabolic enhancement of well-known strains of microorganisms. As such, our platform is well positioned to handle the technical challenges of re-engineering lab-­scale cultures into viable industrial scale variants. Furthermore, by focusing our development on well-­studied organisms, we have lowered the technical risk faced by clients utilizing Synthetic Biology as a platform for supplanting traditional chemical, textile and pharmacological industries. 

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Cell-Based Applications


Cells are the "Worker Bees" of BioFabrication... Engineered to Manufacture complex molecular compounds. And by enhancing these cells, BiPlastiq has enhanced the very biological systems on which Synthetic Biology depends. 

Cell-Based Applications


Cells are the "Worker Bees" of BioFabrication... Engineered to Manufacture complex molecular compounds. And by enhancing these cells, BiPlastiq has enhanced the very biological systems on which Synthetic Biology depends. 

Our Strategy

Cells are the "worker bees" of Synthetic Biology. In this context, biological systems can be engineered into nano-scale manufacturing plants, which are then employed in the construction of complex molecular compounds, pharmaceuticals, textiles and even tissue replacements.  

…very often people think of manufacturing as just some rote process of making copies. Which, actually, it isn’t. Manufacturing is building the machine that makes the machine. And if you think the [product] is important, well, building the machine that makes [it] is extremely important…
— Elon Musk, Founder of Tesla and Space X

BiPlastiq dramatically enhances the metabolism of these cells by genetically engineering their mitochondria with Rhodopsin a protein which acts as a sort of sub-cellular solar panel providing cells with instantaneous access to an abundant source of energy. By enhancing these cells, BiPlastiq ultimately enhances the very Biological Systems on which Bio-Fabrication depends.