July 27, 2022
Biotech company Insempra has announced a strategic investment in Solena Materials, a producer of synthetic proteins for high-performance apparel fibers.
Solena is a spin-off from Imperial College London and uses computational design to develop new proteins. Insempra’s investment will accelerate this development and enable the proteins to be produced on an industrial scale.
“We look forward to accelerating Solena’s development and production of their unique synthetic proteins”
The aim is to create alternatives to non-biodegradable textiles from petrochemicals and materials of animal origin such as silk. This will have environmental benefits, including the reduction of microplastics in water – a common consequence of washing conventionally produced synthetic textiles.
As consumer concerns about animal welfare and plastic pollution continue to rise, many companies in the fashion and textile sectors are turning to bio-based solutions. These can be very diverse, ranging from sneakers made with plant-based plastic to sustainable bio-dyes.
“We are extremely excited about this investment in Solena, which will help accelerate our market-driven approach to developing premium, inherently sustainable ingredients,” said Jens Klein, Founder and CEO of Insempra and CEO of Solena Materials. “We look forward to accelerating Solena’s development and production of their unique synthetic proteins to develop custom high-performance fibers for a variety of applications.
Insempra is co-founder of Solena and will be the company’s sole contributing shareholder.