Capra to carry modular biotech, fermented retinol to market



CosmeticsDesign spoke with Capra Biosciences co-founders Elizabeth Onderko and Andrew Magyar in regards to the firm and what their know-how means for biotech in cosmetics extra broadly.

Are you able to inform me slightly bit about Capra as an organization?

Elizabeth Onderko:​  We started proper earlier than the pandemic, in February 2020. Initially, we labored on the startup part-time and saved our day jobs. We had been in a position to go full-time within the yr after that and we participated within the Prince William Science Accelerator program which allowed us to be full-time and actually make good progress on our firm transferring ahead.

Throughout that point, we selected retinol as our first product. On an industrial scale at this time, Retinol is definitely produced by way of a chemical synthesis course of in industrial factories. This was actually stunning for us to study as a result of it’s a pure molecule. We had been actually excited that we may make this cost-effectively with our platform.

Andrew Magyar:​  We invented this bioreactor know-how and one of many choices that we made is that we needed to make use of this know-how ourselves to make sustainable chemical substances. We felt that might have essentially the most affect. 

This know-how is most nicely suited to hydrophobic molecules, molecules that are not soluble in water. A variety of cosmetics components, after all, meet that criterion. Retinol was one which was recognized as being essentially the most thrilling, however we do see additionally this as a platform know-how and are enthusiastic about lots of future alternatives, each within the cosmetics area and past.

Are you able to inform me slightly bit extra in regards to the retinol ingredient itself?

Onderko:​  The retinol that we’re producing, it is molecularly equivalent to the retinol available on the market at this time. It is only a drop-in substitute. 

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