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Texas-Based Colossal Achieves Unicorn Status With $150M Series B Raise, Plans To ‘De-Extinct’ the Dodo Bird

by | Jan 31, 2023
Colossal says its efforts could help boost "the U.S. high-tech advantage." Its gene editing technologies "will make waves across sectors—in agriculture with new biofuels and preserving biodiversity, as well as in human health through improved gene therapy and vaccine development," the company said.
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Here Are the Winners of The Innovation Awards 2023
by | Jan 17, 2023
Dallas Innovates and D CEO celebrated 68 honorees and revealed the winners of our fourth-annual Innovation Awards at an event held at On the Levee in the Dallas Design District. Here's a full list of winners and finalists.
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Meet the Finalists: The Innovation Awards 2023, Presented by Dallas Innovates and D CEO
by | Nov 3, 2022
Now in its fourth year, the program from Dallas Innovates and D CEO honors 68 disruptors and trailblazers driving a new vision for innovation in North Texas. Finalists will be recognized in the January/February issue of D CEO magazine and online at DallasInnovates.com. Winners will be revealed at an exclusive awards event in January.
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Mammoth Interest: The CIA Invests in Dallas-Based Colossal Biosciences
by | Oct 11, 2022
The Central Intelligence Agency has invested in Colossal through its nonprofit VC investment arm, In-Q-Tel, reports The Intercept. Named in honor of Q—the tech genius from the James Bond novels and movies—the VC firm was founded in 1999 to keep U.S. intelligence agencies on the cutting edge of "innovative and impactful technologies coming out of Silicon Valley and beyond." So why Colossal? "Strategically, it’s less about the mammoths and more about the capability," In-Q-Tel says.
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Follow the Money: Book.io Aims to Put E-Books on the Blockchain with New Funding, Tech Startup Kalpa Aims to Raise $1M, and More

by | Sep 30, 2022
In this week’s North Texas deal flow, you’ll also find news about crowdfunding platform Harvest Return landing $2.5M; Supply’s acquisition by Foundry Brands; Moss Adams acquiring local CPA firm Kurtz & Company P.C.; Tri Global Energy being acquired for $270M by Canada's Enbridge; and more.
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Form Bio Spins Out of Colossal Bioscience to Offer Scientists the ‘Missing Piece’
by | Sep 27, 2022
Dallas-based Colossal Biosciences, the de-extinction company behind plans to bring back the woolly mammoth and thylacine, developed its own software solution "after reviewing everything available on the market." Now it's sharing the platform with the launch of Form Bio.

The spinout's technology tools can help drive the “entire molecular revolution” that is occurring in the life sciences and biotech space, in addition to bolstering the Lone Star state as a hub for the industry, says Chief Strategy Officer Claire Aldridge.
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Follow the Money: Dallas SPAC Raises $123M IPO, FortyTwo.VC Aims to Raise $50M Fund, Crestline Investors Closes Funds with $3.6B in Commitments, and More
by | Mar 21, 2022
What companies are finding funding or having a big exit? From startup investments to grants and acquisitions, Dallas Innovates tracks what’s happening in North Texas money.
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Hypergiant’s Eos Bioreactor Is On Display at the Smithsonian’s FUTURES Exhibition

by | Dec 3, 2021
The Eos—a refrigerator-sized green energy solution powered by machine intelligence—captures and sequesters carbon from the atmosphere using algae. Hypergiant founder Ben Lamm, who's trying to bring back the woolly mammoth with his new startup Colossal, looks back at the development of Eos, and what it could mean for the world.
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Dallas’ Ben Lamm and Harvard’s Dr. George Church Plan to ‘De-Extinct’ the Woolly Mammoth With Their Colossal New Startup
by | Sep 13, 2021
It's not "Jurassic Park," but it's almost as amazing. Hypergiant founder Ben Lamm is launching a new biosciences and genetics startup—Colossal—with $15 million in private funding. The goal: Use genomics to "de-extinct" the woolly mammoth and re-wild it on the Arctic tundra. Lamm's co-founder, Harvard geneticist Dr. George Church, says this "grand vision" could lead to big opportunities in conservation, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and more.
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Hypergiant Industries Names Enterprise Tech Expert as CEO; Founder Ben Lamm Moves to Vice Chairman
by | May 18, 2021
Software executive Mike Betzer will lead the next phase of Hypergiant's growth, including a rollout of the industry's first system that provides open AI integration for building AI models.

Founder Ben Lamm, who launched Hypergiant from stealth in 2018, will pursue "the most pressing issues of our lifetime": AI for good, climate change, and the positive impact of technology. "This is where the world needs my time and attention," he says.
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The Art of Climate Tech: Fort Worth Museum Showcases Hypergiant’s AI-Powered, Carbon-Capturing Eos Bioreactor
by | Nov 10, 2020
The Eos Bioreactor, which also has been featured in Popular Mechanics, uses algae to "eat" CO2.
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‘Minutes, Not Months’: Texas‑based Hypergiant Partners With United States Air Force on Satellites That Update in Real Time

by | Jun 30, 2020
A fleet of mini-satellites working together in space will update actions and tasks ‘on the fly’ based on emerging scenarios and mission needs, says CEO Ben Lamm. That’s something that’s never been done before. That ability to update, collect, and share data in space—in real time—is an evolution for defense and commercial use cases.
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Worlds Raises $10M in Series A Funding as Dave Copps’ AI Startup Launches From Stealth
by | Feb 6, 2020
The startup, spun out of Hypergiant Sensory Sciences, plans to use the funding to power its "first-of-its-kind" Extended Reality environment, which can be used to build AI-models to give businesses and organizations a new way to view their physical world.
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Hypergiant’s Algae-Based Carbon Capture Solution Could Be ‘400 Times More Effective Than Trees’
by | Sep 17, 2019
The device, called the Eos Bioreactor, is one of the company’s initial efforts focused on fixing the planet’s environment problems. It captures and stores carbon from the atmosphere.
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Bill Nye, Former Astronaut, Retired Four Star General Among Hypergiant’s All-Star Advisers
by | Jun 26, 2019
With his new role on the Executive Advisory Board, Nye is looking to develop AI systems in two areas he deeply cares about: climate change and space exploration. "We need to think big," he said, "and I'm very optimistic about what AI can do to make the world quite a bit better."
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