Our breakthrough technology combines synthetic and stem cell biology, offering limitless possibilities. Enabling a new generation of cell therapies, providing the best human cells for research and drug discovery, and allowing the control of advanced synthetic biology circuits for biomanufacturing.

Application: precise reprogramming of stem cells

Reprogramming stem cells into functional skeletal muscle
(8-day timecourse; final contraction assay by addition of acetyl choline)

Batch to batch reproducibility for applications including high throughput screening and cell therapy

Unprecedented purity results compared to current technologies.

Industrial-scale quantities and order-of-magnitude lower costs

Production takes days not months results in significant associated benefits 

Current cell product offerings


Cortical Neurons

Our team

Biology turns engineering

As we reach the “read/write” stage of biology, evolution is proving to be the ultimate algorithm, allowing us to increasingly program biological systems. A foundational shift in biology from being an empirical science towards becoming an engineered discipline is underway.

Ramy Ibrahim

PhD, SAB Member

Ramy is a leading immuno-oncology clinician who has helped to develop some of the breakthrough therapies in this field. Ramy has served as the Vice President of Clinical Development for Immuno-oncology at AstraZeneca, and as a member of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Immuno-oncology program. Ramy is currently the Chief Medical Officer at the Parker Institute of Cancer Immunotherapy.

Mark Kotter

MD, PhD, Founder/CEO

Mark is a stem cell biologist and neurosurgeon at the University of Cambridge. By combining synthetic and stem cell biology, his team has developed a benchmark technology for the efficient and consistent production of human cells for use in research, drug development, and cell therapy. He is the founder of bit bio and co-founder of the cultured meat startup Meatable.

Paul Morrill

PhD, Chief Business Officer

Paul is a serial entrepreneur and scientist with over thirty years of experience in the biotech and pharma sectors.  Most recently, he was the commercial founder and President of Horizon Discovery Group, and founder of CellRx Limited, a growth factors company serving the biopharmaceutical sector. Paul holds a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Cambridge.

Roger Pedersen

PhD, Chief Scientific Advisor

Roger is a pioneer researcher and thought leader in stem cell biology. He discovered the culture conditions for maintaining human pluripotency and inducing differentiation to key body tissues, and he developed one of the first reprogramming protocols. In addition, Roger was founder of the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. His lab is focused on the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells, with potential applications for drug discovery, toxicity testing and cell therapies.

Florian Schuster


Florian is an active entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder of bit bio. Previously, he was CFO & Head of Strategic Partnerships for Tessa Therapeutics, a clinical-stage cell therapy company. Florian is a former investment banker, a graduate of the Stanford School of Engineering, and an alumnus of Harvard Business School.

Marius Wernig

 PhD, SAB Member

Marius’ seminal 2010 paper in Nature demonstrating direct conversion of fibroblasts into neurons has sparked a widespread interest in cell reprogramming. He is the co-director of the Stanford Stem Cell Institute. His lab uses cellular reprogramming to understand how neurons are induced, and how they mature and maintain their identity.


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