Our guest today, is Moji Karimi, CEO & co-founder, Cemvita Factory. In episode 126 of the Futurized podcast (@futurized2), hosted by futurist Trond Arne Undheim (@trondau), the topic is: Industrial Biomanufacturing. In this conversation, they talk about ...
Our guest today, is Moji Karimi, CEO & co-founder, Cemvita Factory. In episode 126 of the Futurized podcast (@futurized2), hosted by futurist Trond Arne Undheim (@trondau), the topic is: Industrial Biomanufacturing. In this conversation, they talk about the challenges of scaling up industrial biomanufacturing, operational challenges, the emerging business models, and the technical challenges, and the future outlook.
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Industrializing microbes is both fascinating and scary. Can biology truly be put under human control to fix our energy challenges, reduce emissions, and put us towards the path of regenerative economic growth? Time will show, but startups such as Cemvita are making headway. There is no question of the need for industrial biomanufacturing as a novel approach. Surprisingly, what seems to be the biggest challenge isn't the deep science itself, but the operational challenges in scaling the technology properly so that the promising use cases can materialize in synch with market expectations.
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As the cofounder and CEO of Cemvita Factory, Moji is on a mission to reverse climate change by application of synthetic biology. This is done by genetic enhancement of natural microbes that use CO2 as a feedstock for conversion to valuable chemicals. He is a multidisciplinary entrepreneur and engineer fluent in ideating, developing, and commercializing breakthrough technology across different industries. With a proven track record of taking ideas to market, both at big companies and startups, his experiences range from developing advanced deep-water drilling methods to novel biotechnologies with applications in the energy and mining industries. In his previous endeavor, Moji played a key role in commercializing DNA Sequencing in the energy industry. He holds BS and MS degrees in drilling and petroleum engineering, respectively.