Our technology

Our biomaterials platform allows us to design and develop new synthetic proteins, which can be used to create a new class of fibres.

The resulting materials surpass natural and traditional synthetic fibres, while being oil-free and biodegradable.

Solena's solution provides apparel and fashion brands with access to high-performance, sustainable textiles.

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The Process

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AI-based protein design
We design new-to-world proteins using in-house trained deep learning models to design protein sequences that can form high performance, non-oil derived and biodegradable fibres.

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Automated lab
Our designer proteins can be produced in small quantities and in parallel using our liquid handling robots.

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High-throughput materials testing
We have developed a proprietary method for rapidly testing the materials performance of our proteins on a small scale.

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Training data
The data generated using our rapid testing method provides valuable training data to further enhance our deep learning models.

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The impact

Solena Materials' innovative process is designed to tackle the huge environmental impacts of synthetic materials, which includes greenhouse gas emissions and microplastic pollution. It has exceptional performance at a high scale, unlike natural fibre alternatives.

Created by a team of experts

The innovative technology at the core of Solena was conceived and developed at Imperial College London by combining the expertise of Dr James MacDonald, Prof. Milo Shaffer and Prof. Paul Freemont. Together, they bring a wealth of knowledge in computational protein design, materials science, structural biology and bioautomation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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We're open to collaboration, partnerships, media, and investment opportunities. You can also reach out to us if you'd like to learn more about out work.

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