E’ville Biz: Four Emeryville Companies among ‘Fastest Growing’, Zymergen Leases Former Novartis Space, ‘Food Tech’ Moving In

Published On November 26, 2019 | By Rob Arias | In the Neighborhood, Local Businesses

A handful of local Emeryville business stories aggregated from around the web in our periodic update. Among these are the listing of four Emeryville Companies have made the 2019 SF Business Times “Top 100 fastest-growing private companies” including the top spot.

Streamline Events, an event producer, was listed at #33, Petit Pot, who manufacture french desserts, landed at spot #19. Evocative, a data center, landed at number 6, and Stasher (a company we profiled last year), who design and manufacture reusable silicone food bags, landed at #1.

In addition, Emeryville is rapidly becoming a home to the growing “Food Tech” industry. Emeryville-headquartered Memphis Meats and Perfect Day have both made headlines recently with their lab-grown “dairy” and “meat” products.

It was also recently announced that rapidly growing Biotech firm Zymergen has executed a 12 year lease to occupy 300,000 square feet of the former Novartis Campus. The property was recently acquired by San Diego based BioMed Realty and renamed “The Emeryville Center of Innovation.” The headquarters could accommodate as many as 1,000 employees one day according to the East Bay Times.


Bay Area company releases ice cream made with real dairy but no cows, at $20 a pint

By Janelle Bitker

Emeryville company Perfect Day released its first product on Thursday: an animal-free ice cream containing real dairy. The frozen concoction is the latest Bay Area food to replicate an animal product through technology, following in the footsteps of a veggie burger that bleeds, egg-free “mayo” and myriad others in the booming food tech marketplace.

Read More on SFChronicle.com →


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Meet the fastest-growing private companies in the Bay Area in 2019

By Ahalya Srikant

So far this year, Bay Area innovators have cooked up 2.5 million falafels, courtesy of SAJJ Mediterranean, replaced 1 billion single-use plastic bags, courtesy of Stasher Inc. and renovated an ambulance into an employee run food truck, courtesy of NORCAL Ambulance.

Read more on SF Business Times →


BioMed Realty Announces 300,000 Square Feet Long-term Lease at Emeryville Center of Innovation Campus

Zymergen Signing Reinforces BioMed Realty’s Growth in the San Francisco Bay Area

BioMed Realty, a leading provider of real estate solutions for the life science industry, announced today that it has executed a 12-year lease with Zymergen for 300,000 square feet at Emeryville Center of Innovation. BioMed Realty will invest capital to transform the existing asset into a dynamic and innovative Class A environment for Zymergen’s new headquarters location. Zymergen is a leading science and material innovation company and one of the largest employers in Emeryville.

Read More on BusinessWire.com →


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AP Photo: Terry Chea

Fresh from the lab: Startups make meat that avoids slaughter

By Terence Chea

Uma Valeti slices into a pan-fried chicken cutlet in the kitchen of his startup, Memphis Meats. He sniffs the tender morsel on his fork before taking a bite. He chews slowly, absorbing the taste.

“Our chicken is chicken … you’ve got to taste it to believe it,” Valeti says.

Read More on APNews.com.com →


Atrium Property Hits Market

The Atrium, located at 1650 65th St. in Emeryville, CA, was acquired in 2016. Originally built in 1953 as a warehouse and converted into an office building in 2004, the Atrium is a single-story, 127,500 sq. ft. value-add office building with approximately 200 on-site surface parking stalls. The property’s location is ideal for commuters, with immediate access to the Interstate and several nearby alternative transportation options including the bus, Amtrack and BART. Gerding Edlen repositioned the property as creative space for a single tenant, and in 2017, the building was leased to a biotech life science company, creating approximately 200 living-wage jobs. Gerding Edlen Management manages the facilities and operations.

Read More on gerdingedlen.com →

About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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