- Varda Space Industries has developed an automated drug lab that fits into a space capsule.
- The capsule looks like a miniaturized version of the cone-shaped craft that bring humans back from the ISS.
- Varda plans to use robots to mix, heat and cool chemical compounds suitable for drug development, which will then be converted into a solid form and returned to Earth.
- The company's first capsule will fly aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Corp. rocket in June.
- Varda has raised $53 million from investors including Caffeinated Capital, Fifty Years Industries, Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures and Lux Capital.
Drugs in Orbit: One Startup’s Big Idea for Microgravity
Varda Space Industries is developing an automated drug lab that fits into a space capsule, with the goal of making industrial-size batches of new pharma products in traditional factories. The company's first capsule will fly aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Corp. rocket in June.