Where no microbe has gone before

The science

Mars is not friendly to life.
It is a desert with extreme UV-C radiation, freezing temperatures, and soil that contains toxic chemicals.

However, organisms on Earth can tolerate each of the extremes of Mars individually:

Female scientist in a yellow shirt filling tubes in a sunlit laboratory
We’re building a platform to mix and match these properties.
The hardy microbes we cultivate will be the first to thrive in their polyextreme environments.
These new pioneer species can pave the way to greener planets by remediating soil, upcycling waste streams, and making harsh areas more friendly to life.

Why?

Clean industrial pipes and machinery

Short-term biomanufacturing

Our pioneer microbes will be used for green manufacturing in resource-constrained environments, both on Earth and in space.

A patch of budding clovers

Long-term terraforming

The properties of these engineered microbes will answer basic science questions about the limits of life and inform the feasibility, cost, timescale, and approach for someday terraforming Mars.

The team

Erika DeBenedictis
CEO
Devon Stork
Founding Scientist
Una Nattermann
Founding Scientist
Edward Sukarto
Research Associate I
Ben Andrew
Operations Coordinator
Erika DeBenedictis
CEO
Devon Stork
Founding Scientist
Una Nattermann
Founding Scientist
Edward Sukarto
Research Associate I
Ben Andrew
Operations Coordinator

Open Roles

There are no open roles at the moment, but Pioneer will likely hire additional team members before the end of 2024. If you're interested in working with us, let us know by filling out this form. We'll let you know when relevant roles open up.

Scientific Advisors

Darren Platt
Samuel Levin