This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: the Podcast” is with Nathan Chesmore, co-founder and scientific director for Agulos Biotech.
This Lake Mills-based company produces a serum product based on blood plasma that is commonly used by other biotechnology companies for growing cells. Most of these companies use a competing product called fetal bovine serum, he explained.
“It’s something that is sort of the incumbent product that everyone would like to get away from,” he said. “It’s incredibly unique because it’s a product that you can’t intentionally produce, so you can’t actually send pregnant cows intentionally to the slaughter line. It’s something you can only produce as coincidence. So that leads to certain problems with supply and pricing.”