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Upgrading agricultural waste


We harness the power of biology to upgrade agricultural wastes into specialty chemicals

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Industrial fruit and vegetable processing generates massive volumes of waste

Citrus peels

22 billion pounds

Sugar beet pulp

150 billion pounds

Potato peels

50 billion pounds

Grape pomace

24 billion pounds

Pectin-cotaining agriculture crops: oranges, sugar beets, potatoes, grapes

Despite the vast land, water and human resources dedicated to growing these crops, these wastes have little value

upcycle these wastes into value-adding products

Dishwasher detergent


Cleaning Ingredients

Plastic Bottle

Bio-based Polymers

Specialty Chemicals

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Who We Are

Ryan Protzko, Ph.D.

Ryan is an expert in microbial metabolism of agricultural wastes. Ryan is an Activate Fellow at LBNL and multiple First Place for  at Big Ideas @ Berkeley competition.

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Luke Latimer, Ph.D.

Luke has dedicated his career to advancing breakthrough green chemistry technologies. Luke is an Activate Fellow at LBNL and  recipient of multiple green chemistry awards.


John Dueber, Ph.D.

John is a Professor of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley. John is a renowned Synthetic Biologist for his strategies for modular control and engineering of microorganisms.

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