SynbiCITE and Rainbow Seed Fund congratulate CustoMem as winners of the 1st Prize in the Bio-start competition for companies using engineering biology to solve significant global problems. The winning team, along with other award recipients, was chosen last night after a final pitch and judging session chaired by Sir Richard Sykes, former Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline.
As the winning team, CustoMem will receive a £100k equity-free cash award, sponsored by SynbiCITE and Rainbow Seed Fund.
Lack of access to clean water is predicted to affect 47% of the world’s population by 2030. CustoMem tackles this problem by targeted capture of micro-pollutants from industrial wastewater, using novel biomaterials produced with engineered cellulose-producing bacteria. These micropollutants are persistent and energy intensive to remove with current technology. The captured micro-pollutants are then repurposed into high-value products. CustoMem’s solutions are simple, cost competitive, plug-and-play and low maintenance, providing peace of mind to customers as they fulfil sustainability commitments and regulations.