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How it all started and where we are going

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Founded in 2014, Xyphos Labs started as a side-project for founder Zach Gambill. An interest in algae and marine invertebrates lead Zach to begin his work with the animals, initially while working on a project called Nannofood, a venture growing algae around the world as a potential solution to global malnutrition in some areas. While working with the horseshoe crabs and algae, Zach managed to breed the horseshoe crabs in his care beginning in December of 2014, and was able to repeat the process and keep producing eggs until releasing the animals in June 2015. In the first two months of breeding, an estimated 75,000 eggs were laid, then ultimately hatched and released.

Since the first successful breeding incident, Zach has switch his focus from Nannofood to Xyphos Labs, despite several gaining several accolades with Nannofood including a Kairos K50 designation and features in various publications such as Inc. Magazine and Popular Science, among others.


Our Mission

The ocean is one of the most mysterious parts of our world. The vast majority of our world is comprised of unexplored aquatic habitat. Every year, hundreds to thousands of new species are discovered lurking in our waters. There is so much we can learn from the ocean, and at Xyphos Labs we are focused on bringing discoveries from the fringes of marine biology and aquatic research into business, integrating these advancements into real-world innovation and technology.

While we are incredibly interested in bring about innovation from advancements in marine research, equally important is the preservation of aquatic habitats and conservation of species that live within these environments. As such, we are focused specifically on sustainable solutions. With our horseshoe crabs, the majority of the eggs we produce have viable larvae that can then be released to combat the rapidly declining horseshoe crab populations. This hatch-and-release program has a much higher survival rate than eggs laid in the wild (at least 50x higher), which makes us one of the largest contributors to horseshoe crab conservation, and also preservation of aquatic habitats along the eastern seaboard of the U.S.