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Upcycling plastic pollution

We're Hiring!


Plastic Pollution is a Global Crisis

Plastic pollution is a global crisis that threatens the lives of millions of wildlife and the food safety for 4 billion people. Despite current recycling technologies, 90% of post-consumer plastic waste becomes pollution.

BioCellection is tackling plastic pollution one step at a time. We are starting with polystyrene and polyethylene film due to the vast amounts being used and sent to the land fill each year. These materials have very low recyclability, are difficult to sort out and makes up one third of marine pollution.

BioCellection's solution is to upcycle plastic pollution into valuable materials for textiles

BioCellection is using a two step process to tackle plastic pollution one plastic at a time. We are coupling chemistry and synthetic biology together to create a novel process that breaks down plastics into usable building blocks that are then turned into other valuable materials. We are starting with polystyrene and polyethylene film because it has very low recyclability, and makes up one third of marine pollution.


Want to join our team? Let us know why you in an email to

Miranda Wang
Co-Founder and CEO

Miranda Wang is a synthetic biologist, environmental advocate, and a 2016 Penn college graduate. Miranda is also a member of the Wharton VIP and Weiss Tech House communities. In the past year, she set Wharton history by leading the first undergraduate team to win 5 awards at the Business Plan Competition, including the Perlman Grand Prize. BioCellection is also the 2016 winner of PennVention, the Woods Award, the Snider Seed Award.

Jeanny Yao
Co-Founder and CTO

Jeanny Yao is passionate about science, sustainability, and innovation. She thinks the next revolution lies in biotechnology and believes in using chemical innovation as well as genetic tools to solve complex problems. Jeanny has recently graduated from the University of Toronto in Biochemistry and Environmental Science. Currently, she is working as the CTO of BioCellection in the top bioincubator in Silicon Valley.

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Garett Cheung
Administrative Lead

Garett is the Administrative Lead in Biocellection. Currently he wears mulitple hats as he assists with the administration on both the business side and the laboratory side, along with assisting with performing experiments. Garett is an undergraduate student studying Behavioural Neuroscience and Criminology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

Afshan Kidwai
Sr Scientist, Synthetic Biology

Afshan Kidwai is passionate about engineering biological systems for environmental remediation as well as to synthesize innovative products. She obtained an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai. Afshan pursued doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley in Prof. Jay Keasling's laboratory. After working as a post-doctoral researcher in the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology department at the Oregon Health and Science University, she is excited to work with the BioCellection team to tackle the plastic waste problem.


We're Hiring!

We are looking for talented scientists and engineers to join our team!

Organic Chemist/Chemical Engineer


Contact for more information

Watch Our Co-founders talk about the science project that became BioCellection at TED2013


Want to join our champions? Email!


Read about us in the news

"Meet the 22-year-olds tackling our plastic waste" GreenBiz September 13, 2016

"Penn Students Bio-Engineer Field Trip Dream Into 'Save-the-Planet Discovery" NBC May 23, 2016

"These Students Are Developing Bacteria That Eats Our Plastic Pollution" FastCo.Exist May 17, 2016

"Vancouver Students Win More Awards..." The Vancouver Sun May 5, 2016

"Wharton Startup Tackles Plastic Pollution" Poets&Quants May 3, 2016

Recent recognition

Invitation to Present to the Environmental Programs Division (EPD) of Los Angeles County

Beijing ChaoYang District Overseas Talent Entrepreneurship Competition (OTEC) 2016 Global Finals Grand Prize

Silicon Dragon Pitch NYC: Advancement into the Overseas Talent Entrepreneur Conference Finals in Beijing FORBES ARTICLE

Wharton Business Plan Competition 2016 Perlman Grand Prize, Michelson People's Choice Award, Social Impact Prize, Gloeckner Award for Top Undergraduate Team, and Committee's Choice: Wow Factor PRESS RELEASE

Weiss Tech House PennVention Grand Prize and Social Impact Prize

Find us at upcoming events!

Coast Waste Management Association Conference 2016 (Oct 19 - Oct 21 Victoria, Canada) 

Plug and Play New Materials EXPO (Oct. 27, Plug and Play Tech Center Sunnyvale)

BIG Pitch Finalist Solutions (Nov 11, Ocean Exchange)

LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2016 - Closing the Loop (Nov 29 - Dec 1 Sweden)

About Us

BioCellection was founded by technical co-founders who have worked on the science behind the developing invention for the past five years and currently hold three provisional patents for this technology. In 2013, co-founders Miranda and Jeanny were invited to speak at TED about their plastic-eating bacteria research, which began as a science fair project from high school. Since then, the research and development has evolved to take on to not only ocean plastics, but polystyrene and film plastics that are being thrown into the landfill each year. Currently the management team receives mentorship from world-class experts in science, biotech scale-up, and business development, and has investors from USA, China, and Europe.