Ginkgo Bioworks is Named in the 2017 Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch List

11/12/17

Ginkgo Bioworks, the organism company, today announced it was named in the 2017 Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch list, produced by Cleantech Group (CTG).

The GCT100 Ones to Watch list seeks to highlight a group of up-and- coming companies that are catching the eye of leading investors and corporates in the market. The companies made the top 250 in this year's Global Cleantech 100 program and carry pockets of strong support among the GCT100's Expert Panel, albeit they did not have quite enough market support to make the 9th edition of the Global Cleantech 100 list itself (which will be published on January 22, 2018). As such, these companies represent this year's Ones to Watch.

"The Global Cleantech 100 program is our annual in-depth research exercise to identify the innovation companies leading players in the market are most excited by right now," said CTG's CEO, Richard Youngman. "By the nature of the list, the Ones to Watch truly represent the next cadre of exciting disruptive companies."

"At Ginkgo, we believe biology is a better way to make things. It's self-replicating, self-repairing, self-assembling, and as a result a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly solution than traditional manufacturing routes," said Jason Kelly, co-founder and CEO of Ginkgo Bioworks. "We're honored to be recognized by Global Cleantech 100 as a company that can make a difference for both businesses and ultimately, the planet."

Early this year, Ginkgo Bioworks announced a new joint venture with Bayer focused on minimizing agriculture's negative environmental impact through work on the plant microbiome. The companies will work towards engineering the plant microbiome to make its own nitrogen fertilizer, with the end goal of greatly reducing nitrogen fertilizer run-off, greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution.

This year, a record number of nominations for the annual Global Cleantech 100 list were received: 12,300 distinct companies from 61 countries. These companies were weighted and scored to create a short list of 312 companies, with these nominees reviewed by the 86 members of Cleantech Group's Expert Panel. The Ones to Watch list, a sister list to the annual Global Cleantech 100 list, is created from the top 250 of the shortlist. To qualify for either list, companies must be independent, for-profit cleantech companies that are not listed on any major stock exchange.

About Cleantech Group

Founded in 2002, the mission of Cleantech Group (CTG) is to accelerate sustainable innovation. Our subscriptions, events and programs are all designed to help corporates, investors, and all players in the innovation ecosystem discover and connect with the key companies, trends, and people in the market. Our coverage is global, spans the entire clean technology theme and is relevant to the future of all industries. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with a growing international presence in London. Our parent company, Enovation Partners, one of Consulting Magazine's 2017 Seven Small Jewels, is based in Chicago (learn more at www.enovationpartners.com).

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