Ayana Bio and Wooree GREEN SCIENCE Partner to Develop Plant-Cell Derived Saffron for Health & Wellness Products

January 24, 2024 Ayana Bio, the plant cell technology company dedicated to creating sustainable bioactives for consumer products, today announced a seven-figure joint development agreement with Wooree Bio to develop plant cell-derived saffron and other important bioactive ingredients for health and wellness products for distribution in the South Korean market.

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Can Ultra-Processed Foods Be Made Healthier Without Compromising Taste and Convenience?

January 4, 2024 Processed foods have long been associated with negative health effects, primarily due to the presence of additives and preservatives. However, a recent survey conducted by Ayana Bio, a plant cell technology company, revealed that taste, ingredient quality, and convenience are the primary factors influencing Americans' choices and willingness to pay more for processed foods. In fact, 74% of the surveyed participants stated that they would try an ultra-processed food if it offered health benefits such as improved sleep, immunity, or energy levels.

READ THE ARTICLE

‘Healthy’ additives make ultra-processed foods more appealing

January 4, 2024 Taste, ingredient quality and convenience are the most important factors to participants when it comes to choosing and paying more for processed foods, according to a survey of 2,000 American adults conducted by plant cell technology company Ayana Bio.

READ THE ARTICLE

Start-up spotlight: Ayana Bio

January 4, 2024 In this instalment of The Cell Base's ‘Start-up spotlight,' we speak to Weslee Glenn, head of innovation at Ayana Bio, a US-based plant cell technology company and producer of sustainable bioactives for consumer products.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio appoints Jim Hamilton to board of directors

January 4, 2024 Ayana Bio, a plant cell technology company dedicated to creating sustainable bioactives for consumer products, has announced the appointment of Jim Hamilton to the company’s board of directors.

READ THE ARTICLE

This year's top 10 news stories on The Cell Base

December 29, 2023 Ayana Bio opens new laboratory to commercialise cultivated ingredients - July saw plant cell technology company Ayana Bio announce the opening of a new lab situated in Boston’s Seaport district in Massachusetts, US.  

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2023 in review: Beyond Meat in ‘survival’ mode, ‘jaundiced’ indoor ag investors, AI in every pitchdeck…

December 29, 2023 2023 has been a tough year for agrifoodtech startups, with high interest rates, inflation, fundraising challenges, banking scares, and souring investor sentiment in sectors from indoor ag to alt proteins, prompting pivots, layoffs, and business failures.

READ THE ARTICLE

What wellness trends will be big in 2024? The Ozempic "ripple effect" and more expert predictions

December 28, 2023 The new year means new opportunities for wellness trends. After a year dominated by mental health discussions, COVID variants and weight-loss drugs hitting the market, we're looking toward 2024 and what health topics will capture consumers most.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Welcomes Industry Veteran Jim Hamilton to its Board of Directors

December 20, 2023 Jim Hamilton’s extensive experience in the health and wellness ingredient business will help catapult Ayana Bio to success with plant cell-derived bioactives.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Appoints Jim Hamilton to Board of Directors

December 20, 2023 The industry expert formerly served as president of DSM Nutritional Products USA, and CEO of OmniActive Health Technologies.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Welcomes Industry Veteran Jim Hamilton to its Board of Directors

December 19, 2023 Jim Hamilton's extensive experience in the health and wellness ingredient business will help catapult Ayana Bio to success with plant cell-derived bioactives

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Names Jim Hamilton to Board of Directors

December 19, 2023 Ayana Bio has named Jim Hamilton, former President of DSM Nutritional Products USA and CEO of OmniActive Health Technologies, to the company's board of directors.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Welcomes Industry Veteran Jim Hamilton to its Board of Directors

December 19, 2023 Jim Hamilton’s extensive experience in the health and wellness ingredient business willhelp catapult Ayana Bio to success with plant cell-derived bioactives

READ THE ARTICLE

Can Ayana Bio’s Plant Cell Cultivation Technology Overcome the Limits of Conventional Agriculture?

November 27, 2023 Frank Jaksch has been chief executive officer of the startup Ayana Bio since 2022. Jaksch left the publicly-traded ingredient company ChromaDex, after building it from the ground up and taking the company public on the Nasdaq stock exchange. His background includes more than 25 years in life sciences, food and beverage, and dietary supplement consumer products.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio launches Plant Cell Advantage ingredient portfolio

October 26, 2023 Plant cell technology company and producer of sustainable bioactives for consumer products, Ayana Bio, has launched its Plant Cell Advantage (PCA) ingredient portfolio.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio launches Plant Cell Advantage portfolio

October 24, 2023 Ayana Bio has expanded its Plant Cell Advantage ingredient portfolio with the addition of plant cell-cultivated dog rose, hedge nettle and sage ingredients.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Introduces New Plant Cell Advantage Ingredient Portfolio

October 24, 2023 Ayana Bio, the innovative company revolutionizing the production of sustainable bioactives for consumer products, has launched its novel Plant Cell Advantage™ (PCA™) ingredient lineup. This newly introduced suite of ingredients highlights the Dog Rose PCA™, Hedge Nettle PCA™, and Sage PCA™ as the freshest additions to its repertoire of health and wellness ingredients derived from plant cells.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Launches Plant Cell Advantage™ Portfolio with Three New Health and Wellness Ingredients

October 23, 2023 Ayana Bio will debut Plant Cell Advantage™ Dog Rose, Hedge Nettle, and Sage ingredients to deliver the health benefits of high-quality plant bioactives

READ THE ARTICLE

Food Forward: Nourishing the World

October 18, 2023 Nourishing the World is a captivating and thought-provoking show dedicated to exploring the fascinating and ever-evolving world of food and its future. Each week, we delve into various aspects of the food industry, culinary trends, cutting-edge technologies, sustainable practices, and innovative solutions that are shaping the way we produce, consume, and interact with food.

LISTEN NOW

Consumers Are More Accepting of Ultra-Processed Foods if They Contain Healthier, More Nutritious Ingredients: Ayana Bio

October 18, 2023 More than half of Americans (57%) believe ultra-processed foods have a negative impact on health.

READ THE ARTICLE

Consumers are willing to pay more for ultra-processed foods if they are healthier

October 18, 2023 A recent survey found that consumers are willing to pay more for healthier ultra-processed foods, with younger generations and parents being the most interested.

READ THE ARTICLE

Consumers are willing to buy ‘healthier’ ultra-processed foods, but will the industry deliver?

October 17, 2023 Food and beverage industry stakeholders are debating the role and importance of ultra-processed foods (UPFs) as consumers signal a willingness to try healthier versions of these products.

READ THE ARTICLE

Consumers Would Eat More, Pay More for Healthier Ultra-Processed Foods

October 17, 2023 A new survey by Ayana Bio broke down how consumers perceive the role of processed foods in their lives.

READ THE ARTICLE

Survey data reveals two-thirds of American adults would eat more and pay more for ultra-processed foods that include more nutritious ingredients

October 16, 2023 New consumer survey conducted by Ayana Bio determines Americans' openness and values related to ultra-processed foods

READ THE ARTICLE

Biotech startup Ayana Bio wants to make junk foods healthy. Here’s how.

August 8, 2023 The company, which opened a lab in the Seaport last month, creates lab-grown plant materials for commercial use.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio opens a new plant cell-to-product lab

July 12, 2023 Ayana Bio’s plant cell technology is a means to create plant materials without growing plants in the ground. As we reported previously, the plant cell cultivation technology starts by identifying the best plant cell lines—just like traditional plant breeding.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio opens "Plant Cell-to-Product Laboratory" for nutraceutical ingredients

July 13, 2023 Ayana Bio has opened a new "Plant Cell-to-Product Laboratory" in Boston Seaport to commercialise multiple cultivated wellness and nutrition ingredients

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio opens Boston facility

July 12, 2023 Ayana Bio has opened a new laboratory in Boston’s seaport district. The lab will serve as the company’s nucleus for formulating plant cell-cultivated production systems to formulate health, wellness and nutrition ingredients.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio opens new lab for cacao bioactives

July 12, 2023 Ayana Bio, the plant cell technology company, opened a new lab in Boston’s Seaport District. The new laboratory space supports the expansion of plant cell-cultivated ingredients into the dietary supplement, food & beverage, and sports nutrition markets.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Launches New ‘Plant Cell-to-Product’ Laboratory in Boston’s Seaport District

July 13, 2023 Boston Seaport‘s burgeoning biotech landscape welcomes a significant addition with the opening of a state-of-the-art laboratory by Ayana Bio. The new facility, dubbed the ‘Plant Cell-to-Product’ lab, is set to commercialize a range of cultivated ingredients, pushing the boundaries of biotechnology.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Opens a New Plant Cell-to-Product Laboratory in Boston Seaport to Commercialize Multiple Cultivated Ingredients

July 12, 2023 The new laboratory space supports the expansion of plant cell-cultivated ingredients into the dietary supplement, food & beverage, and sports nutrition markets

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio and Robertet Unveil Functional Gummies with Plant Cell Cultivation Technology

May 22, 2023 Ayana Bio’s Plant Cell Advantage™ Lemon Balm and Echinacea-purpurea clean label gummy prototypes developed for SynBioBeta

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio’s Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Sarah O'Connor, Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

May 19, 2023 Dr. Sarah O'Connor, Director of Natural Product Biosynthesis, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology,  recognized for her significant contributions to scientific research

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio's Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Sarah O'Connor, Develops Tools to Better Understand Bioactive Biosynthesis

May 17, 2023 Li et al.'s multi-pronged study generated high-quality genome sequence, chromatin assembly, single-cell transcriptomics, and single-cell metabolomics data that aided the discovery of a missing enzyme and transporter involved in the biosynthesis of anticancer molecules. This breakthrough will advance the field of plant-based medicine.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio unveils first ingredients made using plant cell culture as cracks show in strained botanical supply chain

April 19, 2023 Ayana Bio has launched its first ingredients (lemon balm and echinacea) made via plant cell culture, an approach it claims can provide a consistent supply of botanicals without the supply chain headaches associated with traditional agriculture.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio launches plant cell-derived echinacea & lemon balm

April 19, 2023 Boston-based plant cell tech company Ayana Bio has announced the first-ever launch of plant cell-cultivated lemon balm and echinacea ingredients, to use in supplement formulations for sleep, mood, and immune support.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio launches “first-ever” plant cell-cultivated lemon balm and echinacea

April 19, 2023 The process will yield products with the same bioactive composition of conventionally-grown botanicals and can directly replace their counterparts in food supplements for sleep, mood and immune support, says the plant cell technology company.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Launches First Plant Cell-Derived Health and Wellness Ingredients

Boston, April 19 Ayana Bio, the plant cell technology company making sustainable bioactives for consumer products, today announced the first-ever launch of plant cell-cultivated lemon balm and echinacea health and wellness ingredients, starting with the U.S. market. These products have the bioactive composition of conventionally-grown botanicals and can directly replace lemon balm and echinacea in dietary supplement formulations for sleep, mood and immune support.

READ MORE

The role of ingredients in the future of the industry

February 9, 2023 To understand how we can feed and nourish the planet and her people, Agatha Wong speaks with Frank Jaksch, CEO of Ayana Bio, to understand how ingredients play a crucial role in shaping the food and beverage industry. See p. 34-35 of the publication.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio invests $3M to create healthy ingredients from chocolate

January 19, 2023 The biological research company will cultivate polyphenol-rich cacao cells to add nutrition to a variety of food and drink items — but will not make candy.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio leverages cellular cultivation to extract high-value cacao polyphenols to fortify F&B

January 19, 2023 Plant cell tech firm Ayana Bio is pledging US$3 million to accelerate cacao bioactive production using cellular cultivation, part of a strategy to boost efforts in curbing the many challenges plaguing the cacao industry, such as climate change, deforestation and child labor.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio targets cacao bioactives production, ‘upgrades’ plant cell culture with synthetic biology and metabolomics

January 18, 2023 Ayana Bio – one of a new wave of startups seeking to unlock the potential of plant cell culture in the food and nutrition industry – is turning its attention to cacao bioactives with a $3m investment it claims will also benefit the wider industry.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Pledges $3M to Accelerate Cacao Bioactive Production Using Cellular Cultivation

January 18, 2023 The initiative uses biotechnology to sustainably produce cacao bioactives and support genetic research to improve cacao plant varieties.

READ THE ARTICLE

Key trends for 2023’s food and drink industries

January 4, 2023 With the last several years including a series of unprecedented events and challenges, Food Manufacture seeks the expertise of several food and drink leaders to find out what’s on the cards for 2023. Ayana Bio's CEO, Frank Jaksch, on trends regarding health beneficial products.

READ THE ARTICLE

Front cover story - Ayana Bio’s CEO Frank Jaksch in an interview with the Orange County Business Journal

September 27, 2022 In an interview with the Orange County Business Journal, our CEO Frank Jaksch discusses how Ayana Bio accesses plant molecules that people have long co-opted as medicines and nutritional supplements. “Grow[ing] plants without having to grow plants,” complements traditional agriculture and bolsters supply chains hard hit by climate change and overharvest.

READ THE ARTICLE

How Ayana Bio will use science and technology to make more nutritious ingredients

August 25, 2022 As he takes the helm of the Ginkgo Bioworks spinoff, CEO Frank Jaksch said its plant cell culture tech to create bioactive compounds from ginseng, berries, cocoa and ginger could be a game changer.

READ THE ARTICLE

Frank Jaksch joins Ayana Bio as CEO: ‘I’m really excited about being back in the exploration mode’

August 24, 2022 Plant cell technology company and Ginkgo Bioworks spin off Ayana Bio has appointed ChromaDex founder and former CEO Frank Jaksch as its new CEO.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio appointed Frank Jaksch as CEO

August 24, 2022 Ayana Bio, the plant cell technology company making sustainable bioactives for consumer products, today announced the appointment of Frank Jaksch as the company's Chief Executive Officer.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Announces Appointment of Frank Jaksch as Chief Executive Officer

August 24, 2022 Health and wellness industry veteran will lead the company to scale sustainable bioactives using plant cell technology instead of agriculture.

READ THE ARTICLE

Engineering Plant Bioactive Diversity

August 11, 2022 Iridoids can be found in thousands of bioactives from plants. But the ones most often found in nature make up only about a fourth of what is possible in theory. The work presented in this text--from the laboratory of Prof. Sarah O’Connor, Ayana Bio’s Chief Science Advisor--opens up the possibility of producing iridoids with geometries not often found in nature. These new molecules may have unique and interesting properties.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio's Chief Science Advisor Unlocks One of the Longest-standing Biochemical Mysteries in Plants

July 6, 2022 Prof. Sarah O’Connor and her team uncovered enzymes that complete the bioactive pathways of strychnine, diaboline, and brucine--molecules whose biosynthesis has eluded the broader scientific community for over 200 years. Her team then expressed the enzymes they identified in Nicotiana benthamiana to reconstitute the pathways in a living system as a case study to show that complex phytochemicals can be produced from a biotech chassis.

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Ayana Bio Launch Press Release

September 9, 2021 Ginkgo Bioworks ("Ginkgo"), which is building the leading horizontal platform for cell programming, today announced the launch of Ayana Bio to enable a healthier future by harnessing bioactive compounds for use as complementary medicine to support human health and wellness.

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Ayana Bio and Wooree Bio Partner to Develop Plant-Cell Derived Saffron for Health & Wellness Products

January 24, 2024 Ayana Bio, the plant cell technology company dedicated to creating sustainable bioactives for consumer products, today announced a seven-figure joint development agreement with Wooree Bio to develop plant cell-derived saffron and other important bioactive ingredients for health and wellness products for distribution in the South Korean market.

READ THE ARTICLE

Can Ultra-Processed Foods Be Made Healthier Without Compromising Taste and Convenience?

January 4, 2024 Processed foods have long been associated with negative health effects, primarily due to the presence of additives and preservatives. However, a recent survey conducted by Ayana Bio, a plant cell technology company, revealed that taste, ingredient quality, and convenience are the primary factors influencing Americans' choices and willingness to pay more for processed foods. In fact, 74% of the surveyed participants stated that they would try an ultra-processed food if it offered health benefits such as improved sleep, immunity, or energy levels.

READ THE ARTICLE

‘Healthy’ additives make ultra-processed foods more appealing

January 4, 2024 Taste, ingredient quality and convenience are the most important factors to participants when it comes to choosing and paying more for processed foods, according to a survey of 2,000 American adults conducted by plant cell technology company Ayana Bio.

READ THE ARTICLE

Start-up spotlight: Ayana Bio

January 4, 2024 In this instalment of The Cell Base's ‘Start-up spotlight,' we speak to Weslee Glenn, head of innovation at Ayana Bio, a US-based plant cell technology company and producer of sustainable bioactives for consumer products.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio appoints Jim Hamilton to board of directors

January 4, 2024 Ayana Bio, a plant cell technology company dedicated to creating sustainable bioactives for consumer products, has announced the appointment of Jim Hamilton to the company’s board of directors.

READ THE ARTICLE

This year's top 10 news stories on The Cell Base

December 29, 2023 2023 signified several major news updates in the cell-based food sector. Below are five of the most popular stories from The Cell Base.

READ THE ARTICLE

2023 in review: Beyond Meat in ‘survival’ mode, ‘jaundiced’ indoor ag investors, AI in every pitchdeck…

December 29, 2023 2023 has been a tough year for agrifoodtech startups, with high interest rates, inflation, fundraising challenges, banking scares, and souring investor sentiment in sectors from indoor ag to alt proteins, prompting pivots, layoffs, and business failures.

READ THE ARTICLE

What wellness trends will be big in 2024? The Ozempic "ripple effect" and more expert predictions

December 28, 2023 The new year means new opportunities for wellness trends. After a year dominated by mental health discussions, COVID variants and weight-loss drugs hitting the market, we're looking toward 2024 and what health topics will capture consumers most.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Welcomes Industry Veteran Jim Hamilton to its Board of Directors

December 20, 2023 Jim Hamilton’s extensive experience in the health and wellness ingredient business will help catapult Ayana Bio to success with plant cell-derived bioactives

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Appoints Jim Hamilton to Board of Directors

December 20, 2023 The industry expert formerly served as president of DSM Nutritional Products USA, and CEO of OmniActive Health Technologies.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Welcomes Industry Veteran Jim Hamilton to its Board of Directors

December 19, 2023 Jim Hamilton's extensive experience in the health and wellness ingredient business will help catapult Ayana Bio to success with plant cell-derived bioactives

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Names Jim Hamilton to Board of Directors

December 19, 2023Ayana Bio has named Jim Hamilton, former President of DSM Nutritional Products USA and CEO of OmniActive Health Technologies, to the company's board of directors.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Welcomes Industry Veteran Jim Hamilton to its Board of Directors

December 19, 2023 Jim Hamilton’s extensive experience in the health and wellness ingredient business willhelp catapult Ayana Bio to success with plant cell-derived bioactives

READ THE ARTICLE

Can Ayana Bio’s Plant Cell Cultivation Technology Overcome the Limits of Conventional Agriculture?

November 27, 2023 Frank Jaksch has been chief executive officer of the startup Ayana Bio since 2022. Jaksch left the publicly-traded ingredient company ChromaDex, after building it from the ground up and taking the company public on the Nasdaq stock exchange. His background includes more than 25 years in life sciences, food and beverage, and dietary supplement consumer products.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio launches Plant Cell Advantage ingredient portfolio

October 26, 2023 Plant cell technology company and producer of sustainable bioactives for consumer products, Ayana Bio, has launched its Plant Cell Advantage (PCA) ingredient portfolio.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio launches Plant Cell Advantage portfolio

October 24, 2023 Ayana Bio has expanded its Plant Cell Advantage ingredient portfolio with the addition of plant cell-cultivated dog rose, hedge nettle and sage ingredients.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Introduces New Plant Cell Advantage Ingredient Portfolio

October 24, 2023 Ayana Bio, the innovative company revolutionizing the production of sustainable bioactives for consumer products, has launched its novel Plant Cell Advantage™ (PCA™) ingredient lineup. This newly introduced suite of ingredients highlights the Dog Rose PCA™, Hedge Nettle PCA™, and Sage PCA™ as the freshest additions to its repertoire of health and wellness ingredients derived from plant cells.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Launches Plant Cell Advantage™ Portfolio with Three New Health and Wellness Ingredients

October 23, 2023 Ayana Bio will debut Plant Cell Advantage™ Dog Rose, Hedge Nettle, and Sage ingredients to deliver the health benefits of high-quality plant bioactives

READ THE ARTICLE

Food Forward: Nourishing the World

October 18, 2023 Nourishing the World is a captivating and thought-provoking show dedicated to exploring the fascinating and ever-evolving world of food and its future. Each week, we delve into various aspects of the food industry, culinary trends, cutting-edge technologies, sustainable practices, and innovative solutions that are shaping the way we produce, consume, and interact with food.

LISTEN NOW

Consumers Are More Accepting of Ultra-Processed Foods if They Contain Healthier, More Nutritious Ingredients: Ayana Bio

October 18, 2023 More than half of Americans (57%) believe ultra-processed foods have a negative impact on health.

READ THE ARTICLE

Consumers are willing to pay more for ultra-processed foods if they are healthier

October 18, 2023 A recent survey found that consumers are willing to pay more for healthier ultra-processed foods, with younger generations and parents being the most interested.

READ THE ARTICLE

Consumers are willing to buy ‘healthier’ ultra-processed foods, but will the industry deliver?

October 17, 2023 Food and beverage industry stakeholders are debating the role and importance of ultra-processed foods (UPFs) as consumers signal a willingness to try healthier versions of these products.

READ THE ARTICLE

Consumers Would Eat More, Pay More for Healthier Ultra-Processed Foods

October 17, 2023 A new survey by Ayana Bio broke down how consumers perceive the role of processed foods in their lives.

READ THE ARTICLE

Survey data reveals two-thirds of American adults would eat more and pay more for ultra-processed foods that include more nutritious ingredients

OCtober 16, 2023 New consumer survey conducted by Ayana Bio determines Americans' openness and values related to ultra-processed foods.

READ THE ARTICLE

Biotech startup Ayana Bio wants to make junk foods healthy. Here’s how.

August 8, 2023 The company, which opened a lab in the Seaport last month, creates lab-grown plant materials for commercial use.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio opens a new plant cell-to-product lab

July 12, 2023 Ayana Bio’s plant cell technology is a means to create plant materials without growing plants in the ground. As we reported previously, the plant cell cultivation technology starts by identifying the best plant cell lines—just like traditional plant breeding.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio opens "Plant Cell-to-Product Laboratory" for nutraceutical ingredients

July 13, 2023 Ayana Bio has opened a new "Plant Cell-to-Product Laboratory" in Boston Seaport to commercialise multiple cultivated wellness and nutrition ingredients

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio opens Boston facility

July 12, 2023 Ayana Bio has opened a new laboratory in Boston’s seaport district. The lab will serve as the company’s nucleus for formulating plant cell-cultivated production systems to formulate health, wellness and nutrition ingredients.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio opens new lab for cacao bioactives

July 12, 2023 Ayana Bio, the plant cell technology company, opened a new lab in Boston’s Seaport District. The new laboratory space supports the expansion of plant cell-cultivated ingredients into the dietary supplement, food & beverage, and sports nutrition markets.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Launches New ‘Plant Cell-to-Product’ Laboratory in Boston’s Seaport District

July 13, 2023 Boston Seaport‘s burgeoning biotech landscape welcomes a significant addition with the opening of a state-of-the-art laboratory by Ayana Bio. The new facility, dubbed the ‘Plant Cell-to-Product’ lab, is set to commercialize a range of cultivated ingredients, pushing the boundaries of biotechnology.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Opens a New Plant Cell-to-Product Laboratory in Boston Seaport to Commercialize Multiple Cultivated Ingredients

July 12, 2023 The new laboratory space supports the expansion of plant cell-cultivated ingredients into the dietary supplement, food & beverage, and sports nutrition markets

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio and Robertet Unveil Functional Gummies with Plant Cell Cultivation Technology

May 22, 2023 Ayana Bio’s Plant Cell Advantage™ Lemon Balm and Echinacea-purpurea clean label gummy prototypes developed for SynBioBeta

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio and Robertet Unveil Functional Gummies with Plant Cell Cultivation Technology

May 22, 2023 Ayana Bio’s Plant Cell Advantage™ Lemon Balm and Echinacea-purpurea clean label gummy prototypes developed for SynBioBeta

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio’s Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Sarah O'Connor, Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

May 19, 2023 Dr. Sarah O'Connor, Director of Natural Product Biosynthesis, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology,  recognized for her significant contributions to scientific research

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio's Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Sarah O'Connor, Develops Tools to Better Understand Bioactive Biosynthesis

May 17, 2023 Li et al.'s multi-pronged study generated high-quality genome sequence, chromatin assembly, single-cell transcriptomics, and single-cell metabolomics data that aided the discovery of a missing enzyme and transporter involved in the biosynthesis of anticancer molecules. This breakthrough will advance the field of plant-based medicine.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio launches plant cell-derived echinacea & lemon balm

April 19, 2023 Ayana Bio has launched its first ingredients (lemon balm and echinacea) made via plant cell culture, an approach it claims can provide a consistent supply of botanicals without the supply chain headaches associated with traditional agriculture.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio launches plant cell-derived echinacea & lemon balm

April 19, 2023 Boston-based plant cell tech company Ayana Bio has announced the first-ever launch of plant cell-cultivated lemon balm and echinacea ingredients, to use in supplement formulations for sleep, mood, and immune support.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio launches “first-ever” plant cell-cultivated lemon balm and echinacea

April 19, 2023 The process will yield products with the same bioactive composition of conventionally-grown botanicals and can directly replace their counterparts in food supplements for sleep, mood and immune support, says the plant cell technology company.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Launches First Plant Cell-Derived Health and Wellness Ingredients

Boston, April 19 Ayana Bio, the plant cell technology company making sustainable bioactives for consumer products, today announced the first-ever launch of plant cell-cultivated lemon balm and echinacea health and wellness ingredients, starting with the U.S. market. These products have the bioactive composition of conventionally-grown botanicals and can directly replace lemon balm and echinacea in dietary supplement formulations for sleep, mood and immune support.

READ more

The role of ingredients in the future of the industry

Februry 9, 2023 To understand how we can feed and nourish the planet and her people, Agatha Wong speaks with Frank Jaksch, CEO of Ayana Bio, to understand how ingredients play a crucial role in shaping the food and beverage industry. See p. 34-35 of the publication.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio invests $3M to create healthy ingredients from chocolate

January 19, 2023 The biological research company will cultivate polyphenol-rich cacao cells to add nutrition to a variety of food and drink items — but will not make candy.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio leverages cellular cultivation to extract high-value cacao polyphenols to fortify F&B

January 19, 2023 Plant cell tech firm Ayana Bio is pledging US$3 million to accelerate cacao bioactive production using cellular cultivation, part of a strategy to boost efforts in curbing the many challenges plaguing the cacao industry, such as climate change, deforestation and child labor.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio targets cacao bioactives production, ‘upgrades’ plant cell culture with synthetic biology and metabolomics

January 18, 2023 Ayana Bio – one of a new wave of startups seeking to unlock the potential of plant cell culture in the food and nutrition industry – is turning its attention to cacao bioactives with a $3m investment it claims will also benefit the wider industry.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Pledges $3M to Accelerate Cacao Bioactive Production Using Cellular Cultivation

January 18, 2023 The initiative uses biotechnology to sustainably produce cacao bioactives and support genetic research to improve cacao plant varieties.

READ THE ARTICLE

Key trends for 2023’s food and drink industries

January 4, 2023 With the last several years including a series of unprecedented events and challenges, Food Manufacture seeks the expertise of several food and drink leaders to find out what’s on the cards for 2023. Ayana Bio's CEO, Frank Jaksch, on trends regarding health beneficial products.

READ THE ARTICLE

Front cover story - Ayana Bio’s CEO Frank Jaksch in an interview with the Orange County Business Journal

September 27, 2022 In an interview with the Orange County Business Journal, our CEO Frank Jaksch discusses how Ayana Bio accesses plant molecules that people have long co-opted as medicines and nutritional supplements. “Grow[ing] plants without having to grow plants,” complements traditional agriculture and bolsters supply chains hard hit by climate change and overharvest.

READ THE ARTICLE

How Ayana Bio will use science and technology to make more nutritious ingredients

August 25, 2022 As he takes the helm of the Ginkgo Bioworks spinoff, CEO Frank Jaksch said its plant cell culture tech to create bioactive compounds from ginseng, berries, cocoa and ginger could be a game changer.

READ THE ARTICLE

Frank Jaksch joins Ayana Bio as CEO: ‘I’m really excited about being back in the exploration mode’

August 24, 2022 Plant cell technology company and Ginkgo Bioworks spin off Ayana Bio has appointed ChromaDex founder and former CEO Frank Jaksch as its new CEO.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio appointed Frank Jaksch as CEO

August 24, 2022 Ayana Bio, the plant cell technology company making sustainable bioactives for consumer products, today announced the appointment of Frank Jaksch as the company's Chief Executive Officer.

READ THE ARTICLE

Ayana Bio Announces Appointment of Frank Jaksch as Chief Executive Officer

August 24, 2022 Health and wellness industry veteran will lead the company to scale sustainable bioactives using plant cell technology instead of agriculture.

READ THE ARTICLE

Engineering Plant Bioactive Diversity

August 11, 2022: Iridoids can be found in thousands of bioactives from plants. But the ones most often found in nature make up only about a fourth of what is possible in theory. The work presented in this text--from the laboratory of Prof. Sarah O’Connor, Ayana Bio’s Chief Science Advisor--opens up the possibility of producing iridoids with geometries not often found in nature. These new molecules may have unique and interesting properties.

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Ayana Bio's Chief Science Advisor Unlocks One of the Longest-standing Biochemical Mysteries in Plants

July 6, 2022: Prof. Sarah O’Connor and her team uncovered enzymes that complete the bioactive pathways of strychnine, diaboline, and brucine--molecules whose biosynthesis has eluded the broader scientific community for over 200 years. Her team then expressed the enzymes they identified in Nicotiana benthamiana to reconstitute the pathways in a living system as a case study to show that complex phytochemicals can be produced from a biotech chassis.

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Ayana Bio Launch Press Release

September 9, 2021: Ginkgo Bioworks ("Ginkgo"), which is building the leading horizontal platform for cell programming, today announced the launch of Ayana Bio to enable a healthier future by harnessing bioactive compounds for use as complementary medicine to support human health and wellness.

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