Massachussets-based WikiCell Designs, which is developing edible forms of food and beverage packaging, has closed a Series A investment round of $10m co-led by Flagship Ventures and Polaris Venture Partners.
Co-founder Robert Connelly will lead WikiCell Designs as CEO while Noubar Afeyan of Flagship Ventures and Terry McGuire of Polaris Venture Partners will join the board.
“WikiCell Designs was created to turn food and beverage packaging from plastic toward all-natural forms, protecting products much as nature does, and eliminating the need for protective materials that are potentially harmful to human health and the environment. This approach has the potential to fundamentally change the way food is packaged and consumed,” said co-founder David Edwards, a professor at Harvard University and founder of ArtScience Labs.
Prior to joining WikiCell, newly-installed CEO Connelly led the biotechnology company Pulmatrix, which is advancing its proprietary inhaled drug candidates in human clinical trials for chronic respiratory diseases.
Connelly said, “WikiCell Designs offers the consumer a path to reducing their plastic and paper footprint while enjoying a truly delicious and unique eating experience. By replacing plastic and other forms of packaging with delicious natural edible packaging, Wikicell can have a profound impact on the world.”
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