Sarah Graham and Roya Aghighi

Lite-1 partners with nature to transform the dye industry from one of the preeminent polluters to a regenerative and more humane industry. Using microorganisms as factories of the future, Lite-1 grows 100% sustainable and high-performance dyes in a closed circular system. Their unique platform biotechnology allows industry to prototype different variations of microbial dyes that meet their needs in a plug and play solution. Their dyes reduce water pollution, are safe for workers and ecosystems, and eliminate dependence on non-renewable resources. Lite-1 recently won a space in MaRS Women in Cleantech accelerator program, was awarded IAC’s women in cleantech grant, and have started two international brand partnerships to pilot test their dyes and technology in packaging and bio-leather materials.

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