Chinova Bioworks Hits 5-Year Mark in Stride With Manufacturing Expansion for Chiber

April 22, 2021

Emergence client Chinova Bioworks has reached an important milestone for their business, marking five years since they officially launched.

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It was a novel idea for a vital ingredient to preserve food products without artificial means that brought Natasha Dhayagude and David Brown together to start Chinova Bioworks five years ago with their natural fiber extract derived from the stems of white button mushrooms that they named Chiber™. Today, the company is rapidly expanding their manufacturing to increase capacity and meet demands for the proprietary, natural preservative, clean-label mushroom extract ingredient. The move to a larger and newly built 20,000-square-foot Bioscience Manufacturing Incubator space and a new 6,000-square-foot building for expanded office and research and development lab, will allow Chinova Bioworks to stay ahead of the ever-increasing demand from companies that require the highest standards when it comes to clean-label ingredients.

Dhayagude and Brown met at an entrepreneurship accelerator and incubator center in New Brunswick and found a common interest in the science of mushrooms, reducing food waste and sustainable solutions for clean-label ingredients. They launched Chinova Bioworks on April 21, 2016, with their Chiber™ product that provides a solution throughout the food supply chain. By collecting mushroom stems from farmers, which would otherwise be wasted, and upcycling them into a commercially viable product, they have been able to work with companies to provide them with a food protection solution that allows them to reduce food waste, save costs and extend the shelf life for a fresher, cleaner product.