Biotech & Beer: New Science Center Tenant Accelerates Brewing Process

Better beer brewing is the focus of the newest tenant of the University City Science Center’s Port business incubator.

Fermento is now occupying lab space at the Port to further develop the technology behind its Microdroplet Maker.

The company, a recent winner of $10,000 in University of Pennsylvania’s Y-Prize Competition for young entrepreneurs, has developed technology that allows brewers to ferment beer up to three times faster than with traditional methods. Streamlining the fermentation process means brewers can avoid waiting for yeast to convert sugar to alcohol, a process than can take weeks under traditional methods.

Fermento was formed by Penn grad students Siddharth Shah, Shashwata Narain and Alexander David.

Other recent additions to the Port are BioSignal Analytics and SphereVis.

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