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Using innovative processes found in nature to brew sustainable alternatives to palm oil

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Shara Ticku

Founder & CEO at C16 Biosciences

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Employees 21–50
Headquarters New York, New York, United States
C16 Biosciences has developed a platform for producing next-generation oils, fats, and lipids to eliminate the most unsustainable ingredients in our consumer products system. Our first product is a biofermented oil to replace palm oil, an ingredient found in fifty percent of products on supermarket shelves. Palm oil is ubiquitous in personal care, home care, and food products because it unlocks unique performance benefits in the finished good, but its production is dependent on deforestation. Our platform combines centuries of evolution with the latest tools in biotechnology to produce high performance, highly sustainable fats and oils that are good for human health and planetary health. You can learn more at www.c16bio.com

Notable Achievements

  • Raised $24 million to date, including funding from Breakthrough Energy Ventures (Bill Gates) and US DOE.
  • Increased process efficiency 5x in two years.
  • Company and palm oil issue featured in top beauty industry publications, including Marie Claire, Vogue, Clean Academy, trade publications

Currently Operating in 57 Regions

Press Mentions

September 4, 2023

Lab-grown palm oil could offer environmentally-friendly alternative

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June 15, 2023

How I Built This Podcast with Guy Raz: E525: Saving the f#$%ing rainforests with Shara Ticku of C16 Biosciences

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February 22, 2023

The Next Step in C16 Biosciences’ Mission to Upend $60B Palm Oil Industry Is a Multipurpose Beauty Product

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November 28, 2022

c16 Biosciences gears up to launch fermentation-based palm oil replacement for personal care in 2023, food in 2024

Read on foodnavigator-usa.com »

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Posted August 3, 2020

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