Karu Biodesign is an Argentine startup that was first introducted to Novozymes Latin America and is now connected to HelloScience through Novozymes colleagues in Brazil, the United States and Denmark. Over the past few weeks we have had the chance to get to know founder and CEO Veronica Bergottini, and learn more about Karu Biodesign, and her perspectives on biodesign and the future of sustainable fashion.

Q: What problem or challenge is your startup working to solve? How are you innovating to solve that challenge? 

A: Our startup uses microorganisms to grow a leather-like material for fashion. We believe that we can contribute with a more sustainable fashion industry by creating bio-based materials as an alternative to animal and faux leather.

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Q: What are the biggest opportunities for collaborative innovation in the biodesign space? 

A: Driving sustainable innovation in materials is only possible within a collaborative transdisciplinary approach. In the past, biology and design existed side by side, but now biodesign has connected scientists, designers and engineers for the challenge of forging a more sustainable future. And this is a great opportunity to innovate not only in materials, but also to rethink design processes and supply chains. The most fervent advocates of biodesign claim that it is a new industrial revolution.

Q: How can we foster collaboration across sectors and across borders to grow innovation in biodesign? 

A: More co-working lab spaces for biotech prototyping and financial support still are needed to foster biodesign at early stages. 

Q: Are there any specific areas where you are interested in exploring collaboration with Karu?

A: We are interested in exploring collaborations in bio-based materials for fashion and the development of biodesign kits to allow designers, students and teachers to explore biotechnology. We believe that these type of biotech products are needed to spread the growth of biodesign further.

Contact KARU Biodesign CEO, Veronica Mariel Bergottini

Driving sustainable innovation in materials is only possible within a collaborative transdisciplinary approach.

Q: From your perspective – what is the future of biodesign in fashion, and beyond? What would you like to see achieved in Biodesign by 2030?

A: Today we are riding on the wave of biomaterial innovation in fashion. We expect that by 2030 we can build a more consolidated ecosystem to support emerging biodesigners and their novel materials to reach the market. We all believe that biomaterials are the basis of building a sustainable economy.

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