Glowee, the light from the sea! A living lighting energy,

    coming directly from nature, at the crossroads of biomimicry

    and synthetic biology, ready to revolutionize our

    way to produce, consume and light up!

  • Are you familiar with bioluminescence?

    Bioluminescence is a chemical reaction regulated by a gene, enabling living organisms to produce light naturally. Over 90% of  marine organisms are bioluminescent (algae, jellyfishes, squids, shrimps ... to name but a few).

  • Technology

    We use the genes coding for bioluminescence for bacteria living in symbiosis with squids.

    They are inserted into common bacteria which are both non-toxic and non-pathogenic. 

    Once we have engineered and grown these bacteria, they are encapsulated into a transparent

    shell, alongside a medium composed of the nutrients they need to live and make light.

  • A bio-inspired disruptive innovation


    Glowee develops a biological source of light, using natural properties of marine micro-organisms.

    The goal: to disrupt the way we produce and consume light, by offering a living and self-sufficient

    lighting raw material, requiring no installation infrastructures.


  • Why should we develop a biological source of light ?

    Glowee is an alternative solution to electric lighting, answering to different challenges:

  • Ephemeral installations

    Immersive experiences

    Outdoor communication

    Shop Windows

  • Sustainable lighting systems

    Public spaces


  • Ecological benefits

    Glowee's main goal is to tackle the damages made to nature, by offering a clean

    lighting system that would act positively on the whole value chain to ensure the lowest environmental impact.


    Glowee reinvents the way to produce light by using nature. Our lighting material can indefinitely and exponentially grow with few infrastructure needed. It does not require any extraction of natural ressources.


    By using a raw material, Glowee offers a lot more possibilities in terms of shape than an object like a light bulb. Our smooth and natural light is much more respectful of the ecosystems and less aggressive to act on visual pollution.


    Glowee's natural light made out of micro-organisms can be revalorised into a new source of energy. Glowee is also working on combining more properties like CO2 captation and water remediation.

  • Exploration - Changing Nature of Nature

    Discover a discussion between geneticists, designers, technology imaginaries, and bioengineers including Samuel our CSO, about the future of synthetic biology. With our new powers enabled by synthetic biology, what kind of world will you help build? By Bryan Johnson.

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    Glowees' Team

    At Glowee, you can find any kind of profile! From design to environmental engineering through biotech, corporate finance, social entrepreneurship or synthetic biology, we are all gathered to make the illumination revolution!

  • Glowee's news

    Our founder named by the MIT

    Sandra is part of the selection of the 10 most innovative french under 35, named by the famous MIT Technology Review

    This year, after evaluating more than 200 candidates, the jury has selected the 10 Innovators Under 35 France.


    Discover Sandra's TED talk about the future of bioluminescence

    Palais de Tokyo, 18th may 2016, TED@BCG

    Medias are talking about us !

    Glowee is featured on CNN !

    The show Make, Create, Innovate asks a simple question : Can Paris be the City of Biological Lights ?

  • They talk about us