What's the Problem?
In 2020, the total volume of anthropogenic mass matched the total amount of biomass globally, which means it matched everything that is alive on the planet. We can only expect that this number keeps increasing since it's key to solve humanity's systemic challenges. But we have to make sure that conquering the great challenges of humanity doesn’t extinguish the planet’s capacity to sustain life. The current way of biomanufacturing has provided humanity with innumerable solutions. Bioprocessing is the most efficient way to align human advancement with a thriving nature. Today we have a limited biologics manufacturing capacity. As demand grows for antibodies therapeutics and cell therapies (CAR-T, cells, etc). Also personalized cell therapies represent a new paradigm in production. The COVID-19 crisis exposed the scarcity of manufacturing infrastructure for the production of anti-COVID-19 Abs and vaccines. We need to address shortages in production of biologics. These shortages pose a significant threat, delaying, and in some cases even denying, critically needed care for patients. Preventing shortages remains a top priority for the FDA.
How are they Solving it?
Stämm wants biotech capabilities to be ubiquitous to humans. In order to achieve this goal they need to provide a new infrastructure capable of outperforming the current industry, but also it must be conceived within this new paradigm. The approach is to build the first global network of bioprocessors. A Bioprocessor is a desktop unit capable of scaling up microorganisms in an autonomous, continuous and sterile manner. Moreover, it can be customized to perform different processes while collecting information regarding physical, chemical and biological parameters. Since 2016 Stämm has worked in the development of the Bioprocessor integrating the capabilities of microfluidics, electroporation, photolithography and biomaterials, aiming to automate and reduce all the operations of a biotechnological production line to this desktop unit. In order to prevent Nature from perishing, Stämm aims to put it at the center of all human activities by incorporating its knowledge system within the process of achieving humanity's prosperity.