Ginkgo announced an extended partnership with Robertet, a leading French fragrance maker. The new contract sets up a multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership, and Ginkgo will develop a new palette of cultured ingredients for Robertet from the lactone family to produce a creamy character and smell similar to coconut, peach, apricot and mango. Ginkgo and Robertet have worked together before to produce the scent of a rose with custom-designed microbes.
The partnership expansion shows the strong momentum for the company and the growth potential for designer microbes in consumer products. Ginkgo's robotic foundry BioWorks1 is working to scale the biological processes and will enable them to gain insights that will help further the production of designer ingredients.