Qorium: Lab-grown premium leather for the future of luxury

Qorium's first piece of collagen was the size of a €2 coin © Qorium

The Dutch biotech startup co-founded by cell-based meat pioneer Mark Post is targeting the luxury goods market with its “clean leather” sheets made from cultivating bovine skin cells, and plans to raise up to €100m

Dutch biotech startup Qorium has developed proprietary technology to produce “clean leather” sheets using collagen grown from skin cells taken from a cow. Marketing its product as an environmentally friendly alternative to the notoriously polluting process of raising animals and tanning cowhides, the company expects to produce clean leather prototypes of high-end consumer goods such as handbags or sneakers by early 2023. Founded in 2014, Qorium first grew a small piece of collagen about the size of a €2 coin in 2018. The company says it now has proof of concept that it can cultivate leath...
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