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The ELMI is a collaborative hub for basic science, technology development, and education related to materials built of and/or by engineered, non-mammalian, living organisms. We aim to revolutionize technology for society through reimagined large-scale infrastructure and human-scale products; while at the same time enabling society’s expansion through off-world exploration and habitation made possible with materials and structures that are grown from renewable resources, rather than manufactured.

woman with engineered clothing

robotic glove on hand
Polymeric thin film mediating biofilm growth

couple with robot dog, lava tunnel

polymer coated yeast

simulation of biofilm growth

grown building with lake

working with bacteria
sepal growth

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