BIOMILQ is on
a mission to

Nourish healthier babies
Empower parents through choice
Contribute to a healthier planet

Unlocking human potential
with 
breakthrough mammary biotechnology

Parents already make so many tradeoffs, why should they compromise on early nutrition?

What problem are we solving?

Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure healthy development in children, but exclusive breastfeeding is unrealistic or impossible for some.

 

84% of moms transition to dairy-based infant formula before the recommended six-month exclusivity period. Whether it’s low milk production, medical reasons, incompatible workplaces, or the ongoing stigma around breastfeeding in public, families often choose infant formula out of necessity rather than preference.

We're fed up with feeling guilty about how we feed our babies. BIOMILQ is working to close the nutritional gap between infant feeding options. We're empowering parents through choice by adding an alternative infant feeding option that is 100% human, practical, and shifts product demand away from dairy by providing a more sustainable option.

 

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Why are we doing this?

As a team that includes mothers and parents, we believe strongly that there is no one right way to care for a child, and every family must make decisions that are best for them. Infant feeding isn't one-size-fits-all.

By offering greater options, parents can feel empowered to make choices that suit their family’s needs and lifestyle. Mothers can return to work confident that their baby is still getting optimal nutrition. Mothers who struggle with low supply, all-too-commonly, can feel greater peace of mind knowing that their baby is getting enough milk. Gay parents and adoptive parents can offer much of the nutrition of human milk to their babies.

Aside from human health benefits, an alternative to dairy-based formula would contribute significantly to mitigating climate change. The infant formula industry accounts for between 5-15% of the liquid global dairy market. The environmental harm from the animal agriculture industry is widely recognized as a leading cause of global warming and ecological degradation. 

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Dr. Leila Strickland, our Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, with her 7-week old son Levi in 2009.

 

Click here to read about how her breastfeeding challenges prompted the idea to make breastmilk outside the body. 

We're here for the parents who breastfeed, the parents who pump, the parents who formula feed, and everyone in between.

Meet the Founders

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Leila Strickland, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & CSO

Leila has a Ph.D. and postdoctoral study in cell biology, with over 10 years of experience conducting research on fundamental cellular processes. She’s passionate about developing novel applications for cell culture technology to address the world’s most pressing problems. Additionally, Leila has worked extensively in scholarly publishing as an academic editor, and in scientific communications as a writer and as as strategic consultant with global pharmaceutical companies. Inspired by her own infant feeding challenges and background in microscopy, cell culture, and molecular biology, she co-founded BIOMILQ in 2020 with the idea to create cell-cultured human milk with breakthrough mammary biotechnology. What started as a personal struggle to feed her newborn son in 2009 is now a full-throttle pursuit of nothing less than the betterment of our health and our planet.

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Michelle Egger

Co-Founder & CEO

As a passionate food scientist, Michelle looks to combat global food security and malnutrition in everything she does. In 2020, Michelle co-founded BIOMILQ and has since worked full-throttle to improve infant nutrition, fight for maternal health, and expand knowledge of lactation science. Michelle is captivated by the goal of advancing human nutrition and believes that in order to make the world a healthier, better place, the solution must begin with better infant feeding options. Michelle has been recognized for her entrepreneurial expertise in social impact and sustainable business models on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list in the social impact category. Michelle's commitment to seeking mission-aligned partners guides her every move.

Our Advisors

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Shazi Visram
Business Advisor
Founder, Happy Family 

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Susan Sharfstein, PhD 
Professor,
Department of Nanobioscience,
SUNY Polytechnic Institute

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Zakiyah Williams, MPH, IBCLC
Lactation Services Manager, Stanford Children's Health

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Linda Arterburn, PhD
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Provention Bio

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Elizabeth Brownell, PhD
Associate Professor,
School of Nursing & Dpt of Pediatrics,
University of Texas
Health Science Center

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Massimo
Bionaz, PhD

Associate Professor,
College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University

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Shannon Kelleher, PhD
Professor,
Biomedical & Nutritional Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell

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James
Garbe, PhD

Scientist,
Biosciences,
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

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Jennifer Smilowitz, PhD
Associate Director,
Human Studies Research,
Foods for Health Institute,
UC Davis

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Marc
Masor, PhD

Past Director,
Clinical Nutrition Research,
Abbott Laboratories