Memphis Bioworks executes its mission through strategically created not-for-profit and for-profit subsidiaries to fulfill economic development needs in the community.  These entities are listed below.

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Investment. Innova is a pre-seed, seed and early-stage investor focused on starting and funding high-growth companies in the biosciences, technology and agbio fields across the state of Tennessee by providing entrepreneurs with access to incubator facilities, training and mentoring, industry networks and seasoned executives. To learn more about Innova, visit its website.


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Education. Memphis Bioworks founded Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering (MASE), Tennessee’s first charter school, in 2003. The school has an academic focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and its mission is to prepare students for success in college, with a high percentage choosing careers in science and engineering. For more information about MASE, visit the school’s website.


TriMetis with border copyResearch and Commercialization. TriMetis Life Sciences is a pre-clinical services company dedicated to helping companies accelerate research through access to specialized laboratories and research expertise. The organization also operates the TriMetis Specialized Laboratory, a $23M, 26,000-square-foot, pre-clinical GLP-compliant facility. To learn more, visit the TriMetis website.


MB-AgBio TNAgBioworks. With support from Tennessee Department of Agriculture in 2006, Bioworks led a five-state (AR, KY, MO, MS, TN) effort focused on the development of new uses and biobased products made from new and existing agricultural crops. This effort led to 23 companies and 27 organizations funding a comprehensive strategy developed by Battelle. The effort has led to over $35 million in funded projects and expanded partnership with USDA and Delta Regional Authority.