E’ville Biz: suitX at forefront of Exoskeleton technology, Amyris launches Sustainable Beauty Product line, Whole Foods Temescal Coming

Published On March 9, 2017 | By Rob Arias | In the Neighborhood, Local Businesses

Whole Foods announced a new Oakland location through a press release on February 8th setting off speculation on the precise whereabouts. Since then, it has been revealed that it will open a 365 Market at a planned development in the nearby Temescal neighborhood. 365 Markets are said to be the smaller, more “value conscious” sibling to their flagship Whole Foods Markets.

suitX, which recently expanded to a 180,000 sq. ft. Emeryville facility, has launched its line of “Phoenix” Exoskeleton products that can increase mobility and independence for people with injuries and neurological conditions. The new facility employs 23 people and houses all aspects of the design, development testing and manufacturing of their exoskeleton product lines. They also have a line of products to reduce workplace injuries.

Synthetic biology pioneer Amyris, located at EmeryStation West building on Hollis, has launched a new “sustainable” line of beauty products that are available online and at the Sephora retail chain. Amyris utilizes bioscience technology to convert plant sugars into ingredients for its consumer products.


Whole Foods to open 365 store in new Temescal development

By Tracey Taylor

Whole Foods is planning to open one of its 365 markets in Temescal as part of a new development being built at 5110 Telegraph Ave. The grocery giant announced on Feb. 8 that it had a signed a lease for the Oakland store but there is no opening date as yet.

The six-story development is set to have 204 apartments above 34,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, including 28,000 square feet for the 365 store. A “greenbelt pedestrian connection” through the development will connect Frog Park and the Temescal neighborhood.

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Amyris launches sustainable line of Beauty Products

The future of clean beauty is coming to Sephora as biotechnology-backed beauty brand Biossance enters the leading global beauty retailer with a new look. Biossance products draw on the brand’s rich heritage of science and sustainability to create highly efficient, nontoxic skincare that is safe for our skin and the environment. The brand launched on Sephora.com on February 17 and in select Sephora stores nationwide beginning in February through this Spring.

Read the press release on Amyris.com →


“Test Pilot” Steve Sanchez and suitX co-founder Yoon Jeong of suitX (Photo: patterson-net.org).

suitX launches lightweight and affordable exoskeleton

suitX, the robotics company out of University of California, Berkeley’s Human Engineering Lab has launched its first exoskeleton after years of development. It’s called Phoenix, a relatively lightweight and affordable device that can help people with mobility disorders walk again. The wearable robot is adjustable according to size and can be put on and removed piece by piece. Its battery can power four hours of continuous walking (at a max speed of 1.1 mph) and up to eight hours of intermittent movement. Best of all, the Phoenix weighs only 27 pounds and costs $40,000.

Read More on Engadget.com→

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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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