bitBiome Expands Technical Capabilities and Expertise with Key Hire

July 1, 2024 | Press Releases

Company continues to expand presence in The Americas and Europe led by Ahir Pushpanath, Ph.D., as Technical Director

Tokyo and Palo Alto, July 1st, 2024 – bitBiome Inc, a biotechnology company unlocking the potential of our planet’s microbes to power the future of the bioeconomy, today announced the addition of Ahir Pushpanath, Ph.D., as Technical Director based in London.   

With the expansion of our technical expertise, bitBiome is poised to reach more clients across the Americas and Europe with our computational and enzyme design know-how, across several industries, to include biocatalysis and industrial biology. 

“We are delighted to expand our technical expertise with Ahir at the helm,” says Yuji Suzuki, CEO of bitBiome. “Ahir brings with him many years of computational and enzyme design expertise in biocatalysis and industrial biology, enabling us to extend our reach and services in these critical markets while contributing to the realization of the bioeconomy.”

“To democratize biocatalysis, we must accelerate the discovery and optimization of novel biocatalysts—efficiently and affordably. bitBiome’s cutting-edge genomic sequencing technology, comprehensive database and streamlined lab operations are the key to achieving this vision,” said Pushpanath. 

With a PhD in computationally guided enzyme evolution and over a decade of industrial expertise, leading enzyme development and biocatalysis at Johnson Matthey and Basecamp Research, Ahir’s passion for initiating a ‘bio-revolution’ in the chemical industry complements bitBiome’s objectives to contribute to the growing bioeconomy.   

■About bitBiome, Inc.

bitBiome is a biotechnology company unlocking the full potential of our planet’s microbes to power the future of the bioeconomy. bitBiome’s platform is built on their proprietary single-cell microbial genome analysis technology, bit-MAP ®, which has enabled the creation of bit-GEM: an extensive and groundbreakingly diverse microbial database of over 2 billion sequences, sourced primarily from environmental samples and containing sequences not present in public databases. Leveraging their expertise in bioinformatics and machine learning, the company also offers a comprehensive enzyme discovery and engineering platform, bit-QED, which encompasses the identification, assessment, and modification of enzymes through wet lab evaluation and directed evolution. bitBiome is committed to improving existing biomanufacturing industries and creating new ones by delivering sequences and enzymes that cannot be found anywhere else. To learn more about bitBiome’s platform and services, visit