WELCOME
TO ARCAEA

(AR-KAY-UH)
BUILDING A NEW FOUNDATION FOR THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

Our name comes from the root “ancient” and “to lead the way,” a paradox that acknowledges the fundamental premise of Arcaea: To look to nature’s most powerful and primordial technology to engineer a more stable future. To go forward, we must go back. Arcaea is also a nod to achaeabacteria, a primary kingdom of life that ironically, was only recently discovered. Scientists believe archaeabacteria are the building blocks of life.

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THE FUTURE WE SEE

A BEAUTY INDUSTRY THAT SEES ITSELF AS PART OF NATURE

Today’s products depend on ingredients extracted from petrochemicals, plants, and animals. For the past 200 years, these  ingredients shaped the entire supply chain, including formulation, claims, and marketing. Innovation at a large scale will be necessary to solve growing sustainability issues while also facilitating broader definitions of beauty and new product experiences. Our approach relies on the power of biology to not only create a non-extractive future for ingredients, but also to access previously unimaginable product potential.

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who we are

WE ARE BEAUTY INDUSTRY OUTSIDERS—AND INSIDERS—UNBURDENED BY THE STATUS QUO

We hail from various industries and every point of the supply chain, though we share a vision to create something that is entirely new. We are unencumbered by old technologies and buoyed by a desire to see a real revolution, one that can spark change across the entire ecosystem.

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Our Story

We begin where scientific exploration meets Creativity

What does it take for something new to impact as many people as possible? I’ve spent the last decade considering this question. I’m a passionate beauty consumer and MIT chemical engineer, focused on translating innovation in beauty through brands and products.

Over my career, I’ve witnessed growing challenges and limitations in the ingredients we use. I became inspired by biology because it presents entirely new possibilities and solutions to the big problems facing our industry. To realize this, we must create new tools and cultivate a different way of thinking. A vision of what is possible in beauty began to emerge; this vision became Arcaea.

Jasmina Aganovic, CEO

OUR TEAM

Come build Arcaea with us
Jasmina Aganovic
CEO
Young Cynn
Business Operations Manager
Kevin Song
Sr. Dir of Commercial Development
Maya Dennis
Research Intern
Jennifer Cookson
Director of Formulation Development
Eric Spengler
Science Advisor
Dan Yarosh
Science Advisor
Margaret Sullivan
Formulation Chemist
Edward Palumbo
Analytical Chemist
Arcaea, a New Company Launched on the Ginkgo Bioworks Platform, Raises $78M to To Build a New Foundation For the Beauty Industry through Expressive Biology

Strategic investment from leading beauty companies including CHANEL and Givaudan with additional financial backing from Wittington Ventures, Viking Global Investors and Cascade Investments.

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WELCOME
TO ARCAEA

(AR-KAY-UH)
BUILDING A NEW FOUNDATION FOR THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

Our name comes from the root “ancient” and “to lead the way,” a paradox that acknowledges the fundamental premise of Arcaea: To look to nature’s most powerful and primordial technology to engineer a more stable future. To go forward, we must go back. Arcaea is also a nod to achaeabacteria, a primary kingdom of life that ironically, was only recently discovered. Scientists believe archaeabacteria are the building blocks of life.

join our team

THE FUTURE
WE SEE

A BEAUTY INDUSTRY THAT SEES ITSELF AS PART OF NATURE

Today’s products depend on ingredients extracted from petrochemicals, plants, and animals. For the past 200 years, these  ingredients shaped the entire supply chain, including formulation, claims, and marketing. Innovation at a large scale will be necessary to solve growing sustainability issues while also facilitating broader definitions of beauty and new product experiences. Our approach relies on the power of biology to not only create a non-extractive future for ingredients, but also to access previously unimaginable product potential.

contact us

WHO WE ARE

WE ARE BEAUTY INDUSTRY OUTSIDERS—AND INSIDERS—UNBURDENED BY THE STATUS QUO

We hail from various industries and every point of the supply chain, though we share a vision to create something that is entirely new. We are unencumbered by old technologies and buoyed by a desire to see a real revolution, one that can spark change across the entire ecosystem.

JOIN OUR TEAM

Our Story

we begin where scientific exploration meets creativity

What does it take for something new to impact as many people as possible? I’ve spent the last decade considering this question. I’m a passionate beauty consumer and MIT chemical engineer, focused on translating innovation in beauty through brands and products.

Over my career, I’ve witnessed growing challenges and limitations in the ingredients we use. I became inspired by biology because it presents entirely new possibilities and solutions to the big problems facing our industry. To realize this, we must create new tools and cultivate a different way of thinking. A vision of what is possible in beauty began to emerge; this vision became Arcaea.

Jasmina Aganovic, CEO

Our team

Come build Arcaea with us
Jasmina Aganovic
CEO
Young Cynn
Business Operations Manager
Kevin Song
Sr. Dir of Commercial Development
Maya Dennis
Research Intern
Jennifer Cookson
Director of Formulation Development
Eric Spengler
Science Advisor
Dan Yarosh
Science Advisor
Margaret Sullivan
Formulation Chemist
Edward Palumbo
Analytical Chemist
Arcaea, a New Company Launched on the Ginkgo Bioworks Platform, Raises $78M to To Build a New Foundation For the Beauty Industry through Expressive Biology

Strategic investment from leading beauty companies including CHANEL and Givaudan with additional financial backing from Wittington Ventures, Viking Global Investors and Cascade Investments.

Read more

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sign up for the latest updates.
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