Client Spotlight: Protein Evolution

Client: Protein Evolution Client: Protein Evolution

About The Company

Protein Evolution, Inc. (PEI) is ushering in a new era of sustainable plastics. PEI developed Biopure™, their seminal technology that uses a low-energy process to create plastic precursors that can be used to produce recycled plastics at a competitive cost. With the help of Biopure™, the world’s top brands can confidently fulfill their sustainability commitments at an unprecedented scale, addressing the pressing needs of both consumers and the planet.

Protein Evolution’s Biopure technology leverages AI-designed enzymes to break down polyester waste into the raw materials of new polyester, which are indistinguishable to the petroleum-derived raw materials used in polyester manufacturing today. Once the company’s products are re-integrated into the manufacturing process, the result is an infinitely recyclable polyester with a meaningfully lower carbon footprint than polyester produced from petroleum. Biopure is capable of handling a variety of waste streams, from plastic bottles and clam-shells, to industrial textiles and garments. PEI’s proprietary and patent pending process is the first of its kind that is built to scale, creating a cost-effective solution with immediate applications for the petrochemical industry, global consumer goods companies, textile manufacturers and others that are looking to significantly reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.

The company was founded in 2021 by entrepreneur Connor Lynn in partnership with  Jonathan Rothberg, Ph.D., a world-renowned scientist, entrepreneur and National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient. Based in New Haven, Conn., Protein Evolution has a partnership with Fashion for Good, ESPCI Paris and is well on its way to making this world a better place without plastic waste. In November 2022, they launched out of stealth with almost $25 million in funding, unveiling groundbreaking technology for the decarbonization of the plastics industry.

For the past year, Protein Evolution has been collaborating with iconic fashion brand Stella McCartney to trailblaze the future of sustainable fashion. In December 2023, PEI attended COP28 United Nations Climate Conference in Dubai as part of Stella McCartney & LVMH’s exhibit. At COP28, PEI unveiled the world’s first garment produced using their Biopure™ technology. The parka, designed by Protein Evolution investor and brand partner Stella McCartney, is made from rigid packaging waste and industrial textile strappings – formerly used to secure international freight containers – processed by Biopure.

Wolf Greenfield & Protein Evolution

Wolf Greenfield has had the distinct pleasure and privilege of working with Protein Evolution since its inception in protecting its innovative technology through strong intellectual property rights. 

Straight From The Team

We are incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received from the Wolf Greenfield team. Since our inception, protecting our R&D processes with IP services has been paramount to our success. We look forward to continuing to partner with Wolf Greenfield as we embark on our mission to decarbonize the plastics industry. 

Connor Lynn
Co-founder and Chief Business Officer, Protein Evolution Inc.

Working with Protein Evolution since its inception, protecting its innovative technology with IP, and guiding it on IP matters, has been extremely rewarding.   Seeing the company mature and grow and excel toward commercialization has been extremely exciting. We expect and know PEI will disrupt the status quo and make this world a better place, and we are privileged to play a small part in helping them.

Randy J. Pritzker
Co-chair, Electrical & Computer Technologies Practice, Wolf Greenfield