Logo for C16 Biosciences

Meet an Unreasonable Venture

C16 Biosciences

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

Photo of Shara Ticku

Shara Ticku

Founder & CEO at C16 Biosciences

More about Shara »
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

Press Mentions

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 »

Work at C16 Biosciences

Posted August 3, 2020

General Inquiry

New York, NY, USA

View Listing »

More Ventures in Energy & Environment and Food & Water

Get the Unreasonable Newsletter

Get twice-monthly updates on C16 Biosciences and over 350 other ventures working to solve the world's toughest problems.

Read our Privacy Policy.

Unreasonable Impact: Food Solutions — a new podcast on food sustainability hosted by Christiana Musk. Discover the latest in agriculture technology, alternative proteins, and food waste reduction solutions that tackle hunger.
Listen now »