© Saskia Uppenkamp
Andras Forgacs (Co-Founder, CEO)

Location: Brooklyn Army Terminal was built in 1919 with an innovative, utilitarian design. As the largest military supply base in the US, this huge concrete complex even had its own railway line. The structure has been refashioned and is now home to a world class light manufacturing and business complex. // bklynarmyterminal.com

Modern Meadow – Leather re-imagined

Founded in 2011
42 employees
Funding $53M / 6 rounds

Modern Meadow is a Brooklyn-based company pioneering a new age of biologically advanced materials. Led by Andras Forgacs, David Williamson, Susan Schofer and Suzanne Lee, they are harnessing the power of design, biology, and engineering to produce the world’s first biofabricated leather. Their materials will enable new design and performance possibilities beyond those in either traditional leathers or synthetics, with ‘tunable’ properties that can be light, strong, thin, translucent or have unique new textures. Started in 2011 in Missouri, the team moved to Brooklyn in 2014 to continue R&D. Modern Meadow have raised $53.5 million in financing, enabling them to focus on fine-tuning and scaling the innovative biofabrication process in preparation for scale-up and a commercial launch of their sustainable leather material. They have a talented and diverse team of over 40 people with expertise in molecular biology, material science, engineering and design, who believe the world’s greatest challenges can be solved with creative, innovative technologies.

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