Partnership Produces Animal-Free, Sustainable Ingredients

July 18, 2022
Sumitomo Chemical will leverage Ginkgo’s codebase and expertise in organism engineering.

Tokyo-based Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. and cell-programming company Ginkgo Bioworks, Boston, have partnered to sustainably create ingredients for products across a broad range of industries including personal care and cosmetics.

According to an article from, the target molecule aims to augment or replace molecules gathered from animal sources by engineering a strain that will produce the targeted ingredient through fermentation. Ginkgo and Sumitomo Chemical intend to supply an ingredient that is animal-free and more sustainable.

Ginkgo is building a platform to enable customers to program cells as easily as we can program computers. The company’s platform intends to enable biotechnology applications across diverse markets, from food and agriculture to industrial chemicals to pharmaceuticals.

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