The company, formerly called LegenDairy, uses precision fermentation to produce milk protein without the cow. Formo has announced that it has closed its Series A financing round led by EQT Ventures, with Elevat3 Capital and Lowercarbon Capital as co-leads. The funding raised by Formo amounts to $50M, a record for a European foodtech.
The start-up will use the new funding to construct its pilot plant, fast-track its commercial scale production, and grow the molecular biology and food science team. With the resulting increase in R&D capacity, Formo plans to expand its product portfolio to represent a wide variety of European dairy specialties such as mozzarella and ricotta, with techniques designed in collaboration with artisan cheesemakers.
The round also saw participation from Lionheart Ventures, Happiness Capital, and Albert Wenger. Additionally, existing investors Agronomics, CPT Capital, Good Seed Ventures, Grazia Equity, and M Ventures participated.
The startup claims it is Europe’s first cellular agriculture company developing animal free dairy products using real, nature-identical milk proteins derived from precision fermentation. It was formed in 2019 ‘to create a more sustainable and ethical food system where change is not initiated through consumer sacrifice but rather through hedonistic products that are deliciously high-tech’.
Raffael Wohlgensinger, Co-Founder and CEO of Formo, said the funds makes the company ‘uniquely positioned to define the new gold standard of cheese’. “With our technology, we aspire to lead the paradigm shift towards a more sustainable and equitable food system for this planet,” he said. “To achieve our goal of a zerocarbon economy, we need to invest at least as much attention and resources into making our food system radically more sustainable as we are investing into clean energy.”
Formo domesticates microorganisms