Manus Bio

Manus Bio is a supplier of natural ingredients that recreates plant processes in microorganisms to produce natural ingredients through fermentation. 

Manus Bio is on a mission to develop an economical and sustainable biomanufacturing platform for accessing rare and complex natural ingredients. 

Manus Bio was founded in 2011 by Ajikumar Parayil, Gregory Stephanopoulos & Jason Whaley and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts with an additional office in Augusta, Georgia.


Manus Bio leverages rapid advances in Biology to produce complex natural ingredients used in our daily lives as flavors, fragrances, food ingredients, cosmetics, vitamins, pharmaceuticals and agricultural chemicals. Its microbial platform converts sugar sources into ingredients with applications, such as flavors, fragrances, food ingredients, cosmetics, vitamins, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural chemicals.


Manus Bio successfully launched an important flavor ingredient for use in food and beverages. Manus Bio is also commercializing NutraSweet Natural, a great-tasting natural, zero calorie sweetener, which will help reduce sugar consumption and curb the growing rates of obesity and diabetes.


Manus Bio is backed by BBGI Public Company Limited (BBGI), Total Access Fund, Nelstone Ventures, Alumni Ventures Group, Castor Ventures, Blue Ivy Ventures and others. The company raised $75M in a Series B round on Nov 17, 2020. This brings Manus Bio's total funding to $94.7M to date.



  • Year founded: 2011
  • Funding Info: $94.7M over 5 Rounds (Latest Funding Type: Series B)
  • Yearly Revenue: NA
  • Employee Size: 51-200
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: Cambridge
  • State: Massachusetts
  • Country: United States
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