BIOMILQ's Birth Story

Our mission was born out of being fed up with current

 infant feeding options—we're hungry for change. 

2009

Leila's low milk supply

While completing her postdoc at Stanford,  Leila struggled to produce enough breastmilk for her son Levi.

Leila's expensive hobby

 The televised debut of the world's first hamburger made from cultured meat inspired Leila to pursue the

cell-based production of milk.

2013

2013

Mooving research forward

Leila began studying bovine (cow) mammary epithelial cells to expand her understanding of milk biosynthesis.

Ahead of her time

Without proper financial resources, Leila focused on acquiring new skills in pharma and biotech roles that would later inform her scientific strategy

at BIOMILQ. 

2015

2019

Visionary, not crazy

August

Michelle was introduced to Leila, a crazy lady with a crazy idea. But, Michelle quickly saw Leila's idea, fueled by relentless passion, as visionary. 

From strangers to partners

2019

Michelle didn’t know what supporting Leila meant exactly, but knew that

she wanted to help another driven woman bring life-changing technology to the world and they could

figure out the rest.

October

2020

First-of-its-kind technology

January

Leila's self-funded proof-of-concept experiment confirmed that a molecularly complex product composed of human milk components could be obtained from culturing mammary epithelial cells in

our system.

Mission-aligned investment

2020

After unsuccessfully pitching to people who didn't get 'it', a few investors sat tight long enough to ask this middle-aged mom some questions about her idea and the scientific training that

it rested on.

April

2020

Support for our vision

June

Michelle and Leila raised $3.5M in it's seed round, backed by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Blue Horizon Ventures, Purple Orange Ventures, and Shazi Visram. 

From dream to reality

We opened our lab in

Research Triangle Park in Durham, NC, hired our first group of researchers, and started chatting with moms and medical professionals about their feeding experiences. 

August

2020

2021

Happy 1st Birthday BIOMILQ

January

Last year we were conceived, this year we're in our first trimester. 

New breast friends

We expanded our team

to 15 and formalized our

Technical Advisory Board.​

February

2021

2021

We've got milq!

June

We successfully produced the world’s first cell-cultured human milk outside of the breast.