News & Press Releases

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October 2015

News & Press Releases, Press Mentions

How to grow bricks from trillions of bacteria

Biotechnology startup bioMASON grows bricks — with the help of a few trillion microorganisms. Ginger Dosier, the North Carolina-based company’s 37-year-old founder and CEO, hit on the bacterial production process while studying the construction of coral reefs.

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September 2015

Awards, News & Press Releases

Buckminster Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalist

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is pleased to announce the Semi-Finalists for the 2015 Fuller Challenge. Now in its 8th annual cycle with the strongest applicant pool yet, including the most diverse pool of program entrants to date creating change in 136 countries, The Fuller Challenge remains the only award specifically working to identify and catalyze… read more »

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September 2015

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NSF Small Business Innovation Research Phase II

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project is focused on the continued development of biologically grown masonry units as a commercially-viable and sustainable alternative to traditional fired masonry materials. This product is grown in ambient temperatures utilizing a natural calcium carbonate cement formation induced by a urease-producing microorganism. The Phase II project will focus… read more »

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November 2014

Awards, News & Press Releases

10 North Carolina Startups to Watch

“From bricks that are “grown” – not baked – to a car-bike hybrid that runs on a 90-minute charge, the innovations coming out of this list of startups are as eclectic as the entrepreneurs behind them. They all have one thing in common: Each is labeled a “North Carolina Startup to Watch” by the North… read more »


Acorn Innovestment
Stichting Doen Foundation
North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center
National Science Foundation
Cradle to Cradle
NC State University