LumiGen develops plants that give light. Not only as a decorative item for the living room, but also as essential lighting in 3rd world countries for those who have no access to electricity.

Giles Vermeire, Gilles Droogmans and Koen Decourt are the founders of LumiGen, a company that innovates on the cutting edge of biotech and renewable energy.

Today, there are 1.2 billion people without access to electricity and light. In the poorest regions of the world, evening is synonymous with total darkness. Inside it gets cold, outside on the street it gets dangerous. There, light is not only a necessity but also a means of survival.

In the wealthy parts of the world, light provides comfort, atmosphere and cosiness. But for this we are still dependent on energy generated by non-renewable sources. Problems such as global warming are therefore unavoidable. For both regions, LumiGen is creating a sustainable solution to address both energy shortages and high consumption.

As a solution, the start-up develops bioluminescent a.k.a. luminescent plants. They do this by applying the latest biotechnological techniques, following nature’s example. Bioluminescence can be found in fireflies and luminous algae.

Plants already satisfy our greatest needs: oxygen and nutrition. LumiGen’s ultimate goal is to add a third property: to give off light.