We are the first biomaterials company for OLED. Taking inspiration from Nature we conceive, design and manufacture next-gen OLED materials.


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Materials / Biotechnology / Design



Founder Team

Claudio Flores
Azim Werner
Danilo Flores

umi-hotaru Founder Team

Claudio loves to connect biology, materials science and product design.

Claudio Flores

Chief Biology Officer

Azim Werner

Danilo Flores


our founder


We are impacting the world by…. changing how we illuminate our world with natural light.

We are convinced that the world in the next 5 years … is going to adopt biomaterial alternatives provided by biotechnology

REAKTOR.BERLIN enables us to… create a base in Berlin and take Umi-Hotaru off the ground.

More about umi-hotaru.

The journey that began with Edison’s light bulb is now headed toward highly energy-efficient, eco-friendly and naturally brilliant and colorful ambient light sources. OLED, short for Organic Light Emitting Diode, is the next stage in this evolution. Large-scale adoption of ambient OLED lighting is still hampered by high production cost and several issues with blue light emitting layers. The molecules that emit light in living organisms are closely related to those used in OLED.

But they are better – more stable and energy-efficient. umi-hotaru’s materials discovery engine, we call it “Mimotype”, provides an integrated workflow for decoding molecules from light producing organisms using, step 1, DNA sequencing. Once we identified and validated potential candidates in step 2, we will take those DNA sequences and, step 3, use bioreactors to produce materials in the kg and even ton range in a process called bio-manufacturing.

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