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Advait Holkar is the founder and CEO of Praio, a biomanufacturing startup focusing on low-cost production of biocommodities. He completed his bachelor’s degree at IIT Delhi and obtained a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from UCLA. Holkar formed Praio based on his graduate research and is dedicated to reducing reliance on fossil-based sources for a sustainable and green future.

Production of low-carbon alternatives to traditional fossil-derived chemicals is necessary to ensure a sustainable and green future. Praio has developed synthetic protocells, which enable this transition by providing tremendous flexibility for chemical manufacturing. In particular, Praio will produce sustainable aviation fuel with >50 percent lower emissions than traditional jet fuel.