Aanika Biosciences Establishes Brooklyn, New York, Food Safety-Innovation Hub
The 27,000-square-foot hub features highly specialized molecular biology equipment including laboratory space as well as a dedicated fermentation production facility. The location also houses Cultured Colonies, an incubator for seed-stage-agriculture-tech-startups helping to support the growing cadre of food tech startups in New York City.
“Biotechnology has always been a field that is generally inaccessible for outsiders. My aim for Cultured Colonies is to lower the barriers of entry for biotech startups with hopes of attracting innovators from a multitude of disciplines. I started Cultured Colonies to solve the manufacturing and space constraints for Aanika Bio and am excited to share it with the broader NYC ecosystem,” said co-founder and CEO of Aanika Biosciences Vishaal Bhuyan.
NYCEDC invested $800,000 to the cutting-edge biotech company as part of the LifeSci NYC Expansion Fund which helps life sciences companies expand their operations in one of New York City’s five boroughs.
“The expansion of Aanika Biosciences is another power example of how NYCEDC is supporting the growth of future-focused innovation sectors like biotechnology – a game-changing industry that can help New York City address some of the most pressing human and environmental health challenges” noted NYCEDC Chief Strategy Officer Cecilia Kushner. “We are thrilled to continue supporting the life sciences industry through NYCEDC’s LifeSci Expansion Fund to allow companies to expand and grow throughout the five boroughs.”
Aanika Biosciences uses biotechnology to mitigate various risks in the food system. The company has developed a suite of products that improves traceability in the supply chain as well as reducing the risk of harmful pathogens and foodborne illness. Through its subsidiary, Aanika Insurance Services, Aanika provides customers with novel insurance products guaranteeing the efficacy of its technology.
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