EXPLORA S.r.l. is a privately owned Italian company established in 2006 at the Technological Park “Tecnopolo Tiburtino” in Rome by a pool of young researchers and the support of a French seed capital organization INVENT SaS. EXPLORA is committed to the development of enabling technologies for biological engineering.
Biology is going through a radical paradigm shift over the last decade evolving from a qualitative/descriptive science to quantitative/engineering one. It’s now possible to “(a) design and construct new biological parts, devices and systems and (b) re-design existing, natural biological systems for useful purposes” in a rational and systematic way. This forward biological engineering approach may be applied at all levels of the hierarchy of biological structures: from individual molecules to whole cells, tissues, organisms and populations. This approach, also known as synthetic or constructive biology, has already revolutionized technology and production paradigms fostering the development of innovative medicines, redesign environmental friendly chemical processes and generate new sources of energy.
Our mission is to develop innovative enabling technologies to unlock the full potential of forward biological engineering. Our ultimate goal is to develop a comprehensive and coherent bio-engineering platform to allow scientist to pursue their ambitious goals.
Our strategy is built around the following words: research-develop-deliver. Since inception we have been constantly investing in R&D to develop next generation technology through tailored partnerships Europe-wide. We are currently involved in several partnered research projects and we are coordinating an EU FP7 integrating project (www.thegrail-project.eu). We constantly seek scientific partnerships to broaden and strengthen our expertise.
Presently, Explora prosecutes two business models: i) Custom Service: Explora offers to its customers fixed price services with no royalties or other success sharing schemes. Services are provided on a non-exclusive basis and ii) Contract research: Contract research programs are carried out on exclusive basis in view of R&D funding, licensing and success payments, developmental milestones, and royalties on end products.