Capra to deliver modular biotech, fermented retinol to market

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

Are you able to inform me a little bit 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 have been capable of go full-time within the 12 months 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 shifting ahead.

Throughout that point, we selected retinol as our first product. On an industrial scale at the moment, Retinol is definitely produced by a chemical synthesis course of in industrial factories. This was actually stunning for us to be taught as a result of it’s a pure molecule. We have 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 selections that we made is that we needed to make use of this know-how ourselves to make sustainable chemical substances. We felt that may have probably the most affect. 

This know-how is most properly fitted to hydrophobic molecules, molecules that are not soluble in water. Plenty of cosmetics elements, after all, meet that criterion. Retinol was one which was recognized as being probably the most thrilling, however we do see additionally this as a platform know-how and are enthusiastic about plenty of future alternatives, each within the cosmetics house and past.

Are you able to inform me a little bit bit extra concerning the retinol ingredient itself?

Onderko:​  The retinol that we’re producing, it is molecularly similar to the retinol in the marketplace at the moment. It is only a drop-in substitute. 

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