Zymergen Reimagines Electronics with Breakthrough Bio-fabricated Materials

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Today Zymergen is launching Hyaline, a revolutionary new film for electronics applications. This breakthrough bio-manufactured product has successfully been used in flexible circuits, display touch sensors and printable electronics, and by merging the benefits of advanced bio-fabrication with traditionally generated materials, the new Hyaline film paves the way for more sustainable, biologically produced products that are expected within the coming year. This is the first product co-created by both Zymergen and development partner Sumitomo Chemical Inc., and Zymergen’s first standalone product to be sold commercially.

“Sumitomo Chemical has been looking for a partner to expand the portfolio of films for the electronics space that meet the latest and future requirements of our customers,” said Mr. Isao Kurimoto, Executive Officer of Sumitomo Chemical. “We are very happy to leverage the bioengineering capabilities from Zymergen to develop new products.”

Key uses and advances in the Hyaline product:

  • Touch Sensors: unrivaled combination of mechanical, physical and optical properties that enables durable full-screen touch sensors in flexible/foldable devices and allows for higher ITO annealing temperatures in manufacturing, increasing capacity
  • Optical Filters: thinner film with high temperature properties to enable faster processing times in manufacturing
  • Printed Electronics: completely transparent, high temperature printed electronicsincluding flexible printed circuit boards (PCB)that eliminate epoxy/acrylic adhesive layers to create an optimized system that is 30% thinner and more flexible, as well as solderable using standard reflow soldering

“Hyaline film truly shows differentiated and sustainable performance with respect to optical and mechanical properties that have not been available before,” said Richard Pieters, President of Products for Zymergen. “We continue our work with Sumitomo to introduce additional biologically derived films, while working in parallel on a full portfolio of high-performance adhesives and coatings for the electronics industry.”

Using machine learning, automation and its powerful technology platform, Zymergen’s revolutionary process produces better performing materials in a way that is both less expensive and more sustainable, representing the potential to disrupt entire markets and categories.

“We believe that our biological innovation will have a transformative effect on people’s welfare: improving the objects that surround them, the products they consume, the devices they use, and the natural world we all live in,” said Zymergen CEO Josh Hoffman. “For the last hundred years, industries have largely relied on petroleum-based manufacturing, but we’re leading a new wave of innovation by reimagining how materials are produced through biology. Today we’re not just announcing new materialswe are making a promise that in 2020 consumers will begin to see, touch and use new products inspired by nature.”



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