© Saskia Uppenkamp
Sarindr Bhumiratana (Co-Founder, CSO) and Nina Tandon (Co-Founder, CEO)

Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden was founded in 1910, an attempt to preserve green space in what was then a rapidly developing area. Over 52 acres it offers amazing variety, from bonsai trees to 5,000 different roses. It even has a Shakespeare garden, featuring plants and flowers mentioned in his work. // bbg.org

EpiBone – Growing bones from your own cells

Founded in 2013
10 employees
Funding undisclosed

EpiBone is a company engineering living, anatomically precise, functional skeletal grafts from patients’ own cells. EpiBone was founded by MIT and Columbia-trained bioengineers, and their patented methods combine the most advanced techniques in digital fabrication with the cutting-edge stem cell science, generating grafts with a perfect fit, and no risk of rejection. At this point, EpiBone has been successfully tested in animal models, and hopes to begin clinical trials in with patients soon. EpiBone has received many technical awards, including the designation as World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers in 2015.

This article was published in “the Hundert Vol. 9 – Startups of New York“, December 2016.