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tackle the decline of trees

THROUGH VENTURE.

Many of the materials that modern day society relies on are unsustainable. These include concrete, metals and polymers. Some materials require extremely large land footprints to produce, including materials such as wood and leather. The land used to generate these materials are poor in biodiversity and do not sequester as much carbon as natural or polyculture systems. In addition, some of our most sustainable materials take decades to grow e.g. wood making them inefficient to produce.

As a consequence of the inefficiencies in growth, demand for some species used in materials production massively exceeds the natural supply and multiple species are subsequently threatened with extinction, to the extent where they have been listed on the CITES appendices.

As well as problems with forestry, the climate crisis requires us to sequester vast quantities of carbon from our atmosphere. Trees are a solution to this problem, but because of their slow growth they have limited potential.

This opportunity will explore the production of novel materials using cellular agriculture. The materials produced by this method will be able to replace our current set of unsustainable materials and require much less land for their production. Therefore, this opportunity has the potential to reduce the global land footprint of forestry, alleviate pressure on endangered species and provide a new method for sequestering large quantities of carbon.

Read more about how we see this Opportunity Area fit into our larger Agriculture thesis.

 

APPROACHES WE’RE CONSIDERING

Our most sustainable material products are derived from the production of biological tissues. Therefore, we are exploring methods that could grow cell tissues indoors and how to turn these methods into industrial scale manufacturing processes. This will utilise multiple different techniques ranging from biological to technological including:

● Growth of cell cultures in bioreactors

● Development of substrates for the adhesion of cells

● Development of novel cell lines through GM or mutational breeding techniques

● Tissue grafts

● Using Controlled environments for the acceleration of tissue growth

● 3D printing technologies

WHO SHOULD APPLY

We are looking for individuals with a drive to solve issues with global agriculture. Ideally you will have prior experience working with cells and the use of bioreactors or have experience with the development of new materials. 

Skills we are looking for – an overlap of at least two – from the following:

● Experience operating bioreactors

● Bioprocess engineering

● Chemical engineering

● Maintenance of cell lines

● Materials science/ materials scientist

● Biomaterials design

● Molecular biologists

● Chemistry / chemist

● Plant cell experience

● GM approaches

● CRISPR

● Bioinformatics / bioinformatician

● Histology

 

OUR OFFER

Taking a Founder role at DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for, and launch your own startup. Working with us, you’ll have access to the systems and environment to guide your thinking. We’ll provide you with a salary whilst you start your own company, and moreover, will support you build a founding team, find early data to land your first customers and to secure investors.

It’s a full time role working across market analysis, science and venture creation at DSV before incorporating your own start-up within 6 months with pre-seed investment from DSV and access to labs through our partnership with the Roslin Innovation Centre at the University of Edinburgh.

Compared to other “Entrepreneur in Residence”- type programmes, DSV is friendly to individuals with no previous founder experience and joining DSV comes with a commitment from us to support your company to make a real impact in the market. No prior idea or IP required.

 

The role is part of the Food & Agriculture Science Transformer (FAST) programme conducted between Deep Science Ventures and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, meaning that you can be based remotely, in London, or Edinburgh, where you will have access to a world-leading agricultural, financial and technical ecosystem.  

Many of the materials that modern day society relies on are unsustainable. These include concrete, metals and polymers. Some materials require extremely large land footprints to produce, including materials such as wood and leather. The land used to generate these materials are poor in biodiversity and do not sequester as much carbon as natural or polyculture systems. In addition, some of our most sustainable materials take decades to grow e.g. wood making them inefficient to produce.

As a consequence of the inefficiencies in growth, demand for some species used in materials production massively exceeds the natural supply and multiple species are subsequently threatened with extinction, to the extent where they have been listed on the CITES appendices.

As well as problems with forestry, the climate crisis requires us to sequester vast quantities of carbon from our atmosphere. Trees are a solution to this problem, but because of their slow growth they have limited potential.

This opportunity will explore the production of novel materials using cellular agriculture. The materials produced by this method will be able to replace our current set of unsustainable materials and require much less land for their production. Therefore, this opportunity has the potential to reduce the global land footprint of forestry, alleviate pressure on endangered species and provide a new method for sequestering large quantities of carbon.

Read more about how we see this Opportunity Area fit into our larger Agriculture thesis.

 

APPROACHES WE’RE CONSIDERING

Our most sustainable material products are derived from the production of biological tissues. Therefore, we are exploring methods that could grow cell tissues indoors and how to turn these methods into industrial scale manufacturing processes. This will utilise multiple different techniques ranging from biological to technological including:

● Growth of cell cultures in bioreactors

● Development of substrates for the adhesion of cells

● Development of novel cell lines through GM or mutational breeding techniques

● Tissue grafts

● Using Controlled environments for the acceleration of tissue growth

● 3D printing technologies

WHO SHOULD APPLY

We are looking for individuals with a drive to solve issues with global agriculture. Ideally you will have prior experience working with cells and the use of bioreactors or have experience with the development of new materials. 

Skills we are looking for – an overlap of at least two – from the following:

● Experience operating bioreactors

● Bioprocess engineering

● Chemical engineering

● Maintenance of cell lines

● Materials science/ materials scientist

● Biomaterials design

● Molecular biologists

● Chemistry / chemist

● Plant cell experience

● GM approaches

● CRISPR

● Bioinformatics / bioinformatician

● Histology

 

OUR OFFER

Taking a Founder role at DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for, and launch your own startup. Working with us, you’ll have access to the systems and environment to guide your thinking. We’ll provide you with a salary whilst you start your own company, and moreover, will support you build a founding team, find early data to land your first customers and to secure investors.

It’s a full time role working across market analysis, science and venture creation at DSV before incorporating your own start-up within 6 months with pre-seed investment from DSV and access to labs through our partnership with the Roslin Innovation Centre at the University of Edinburgh.

Compared to other “Entrepreneur in Residence”- type programmes, DSV is friendly to individuals with no previous founder experience and joining DSV comes with a commitment from us to support your company to make a real impact in the market. No prior idea or IP required.

 

The role is part of the Food & Agriculture Science Transformer (FAST) programme conducted between Deep Science Ventures and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, meaning that you can be based remotely, in London, or Edinburgh, where you will have access to a world-leading agricultural, financial and technical ecosystem.  

Interviews ongoing, start date asap

Interviews ongoing, start date asap

current founders

Toby: A biologist who has dedicated his career to solve problems with our farming systems in order to make space for the natural world. Toby has worked as a scientist at RBG Kew working on innovations in seed storage before going on to complete a PhD at the University of Bath in molecular plant sciences. Since joining DSV, Toby has moved on to discovering how we can use novel technologies to fundamentally change the way we produce problematic agricultural products and ultimately reduce our anthropomorphic footprint. He is now building founding teams for multiple start-ups aiming to solve our biggest agricultural and environmental problems.

current founders

Toby: A biologist who has dedicated his career to solve problems with our farming systems in order to make space for the natural world. Toby has worked as a scientist at RBG Kew working on innovations in seed storage before going on to complete a PhD at the University of Bath in molecular plant sciences. Since joining DSV, Toby has moved on to discovering how we can use novel technologies to fundamentally change the way we produce problematic agricultural products and ultimately reduce our anthropomorphic footprint. He is now building founding teams for multiple start-ups aiming to solve our biggest agricultural and environmental problems.