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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

READ THE ARTICLE

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.

READ THE ARTICLE
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