Clear Labs, a Menlo Park, CA-based molecular food quality platform, launched from stealth today with $6.5M in Series A financing.
Backers included Khosla Ventures and Felicis Ventures, among other strategic investors.
The company will use the funds to expand its headcount, specifically in technical and product roles and begin rolling out its technology to pilot customers in a private beta.
Led by CEO and co-founder Sasan Amini, Mahni Ghorashi, co-founder and CMO; and Cyril Bouteille, Vice President of Engineering, Clear Labs merges clinical-grade genomic analysis and big data analytics to enable food retailers and manufacturers to verify the quality of their foods, optimize their supply chains, choose products to buy and sell, and track trends and performance of their food over time.
The database, built in-house over the last 18 months, compares large amounts of individual food samples with genomic markers and other metadata to analyze food products against their label. The platform tests for ingredient accuracy including authenticity, GMOs, bacterial contamination, and allergens, as well as nutritional data and off-label additives.