Solving the grand challenges
The planet is facing a series of ecological crises from loss of biodiversity, to environmental degradation, and unsustainable consumer value chains. But networking microbiome science holds the key to novel solutions.
Harnessing microorganisms will disrupt value chains for traditional and novel foods, enable sustainable ingredient production and discovery of natural alternatives for consumer goods, and empower the circular economy through biofuels, regenerative agriculture, bioremediation, waste management, and beyond.
Companies that apply microbial science through the principles of Nature Co-design will outperform competitors by creating sustainable value chains, while simultaneously generating innovations that will rescue our planet from its greatest existential threats.
From Exploitative to Generative Economy
The engineering and application of biology will transform production capabilities, driving sustainable innovation across industry verticals and generating up to $100 trillion in the global economy by 2040.
The sustainability of human health is a critical challenge for a growing population. An individual’s microbiome is seeded at birth and is continuously influenced by its environment throughout life.
For that reason, the microbiomes of our soils, water systems, and even built environments become a structural determinant of individual wellbeing. No individual’s health is limited strictly to their own body: the ecology of microorganisms around them must be nurtured, as well.
For this reason, all people and the planet have a shared health, One Health, that begins with the health of our ecosystems and ends with the health of our loved ones.
One Health must be protected by a greater understanding of the many microbial communities around us, and how human action can enhance and protect those communities.
Example sustainable use cases
Engineering microbes to degrade waste materials, such as plastic polyethylene terephthalate
Harnessing plant microbiomes to improve drought tolerance in crops
Augmenting soil microbiomes to enhance nitrogen fixation, reduce leaching and increase carbon sequestration
Generating alternative proteins to enable more sustainable consumption patterns
Utilizing microbiomes for degradation of toxic contaminants to produce healthy drinking water
Microbiome as the Catalyst for the Bio Revolution
We believe that bio-based solutions will rapidly replace a significant portion of traditional chemical and industrial processes with more efficient, affordable systems, ushering in a new era of sustainable production driven by efficiency. We at Eagle Genomics are actively collaborating with organizations that are preparing the commercial landscape for this sustainable future, such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and EIT Foods.
Our ongoing efforts to inform novel standards, regulations, and provide tools for industry adoption are informed by the work of groups at Kiss the Ground, Need to Grow, World Economic Forum’s Global Obesity Forum Declaration 2021, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’s assessment report. Together with these organizations, we will enable our customers to redirect the consumer workflow towards healthier outcomes and sustainable systems.