Founders: Dr. Pedro Gómez
Dr. Miguel Molina
Dr. Maria Laparidou

Location: Munich, Germany


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Product Description

ORBEM will sell two products and services based on a combination of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Deep Learning: fertility detection of chicken eggs before incubation and sex detection of chicken embryos in-ovo.

Around 15-20% of eggs are not fertilized – they are incubated over three weeks just to be thrown away afterwards. ORBEM’s system will enable hatcheries to detect infertile eggs right after they are laid, and sell them to regular food markets.

Additionally, over 7 billion male chicks are culled right after birth each year, as they do not grow the amount and quality of meat expected by the market and do not lay eggs. ORBEM’s system will detect male embryos on day 5 of incubation, when the embryos are not developed enough to feel pain and the eggs can still be sold to secondary markets.

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Company description


ORBEM improves life with AI-powered sensor technology. It builds a sustainable future, where food production is so efficient that it is possible to feed everyone, without depleting tomorrow’s resources.

ORBEM started as a research project at the TU Munich in 2017.  In 2018, ORBEM won top prizes in national and international entrepreneurship competitions, and received significant mediatic attention in outlets such as Tageschau, Bayerische Rundfunk, and Süddeutsche Zeitung. It was named one of the top 50 German startups in 2018.

It was accepted in 2019 as one of the last competitors in the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE and recently secured >€1.5M in equity-free funding from, amongst others, the German Federal Government, which will enable constructing the first prototype and acquiring ORBEM’s own data.

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