Ben Lamm. Photography by John Davidson.

Colossal Biosciences, a firm co-founded by a Preston Hollow resident, was named a technology pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

The company was started by neighbor Ben Lamm and George Church, a biotech entrepreneur. Its goal is to work toward de-extinction using CRISPR and other gene-editing technologies. The first big project is to bring back the woolly mammoth, but in the meantime, Colossal will develop tools that will affect human health, food production, environmental impact and animal health.

Technology pioneers are early to growth-stage companies that use new technologies to affect business and society. They were selected based on criteria including innovation, impact, leadership and their relevance with the World Economic Forum’s platforms.

Colossal will now be able to participate at World Economic Forum events and contribute to its initiatives over the next two years.

“We’re honored to share this distinction with fellow inventors working to preserve and protect life on Earth,” Lamm says. “Never before has humanity had the power to repair the damage done to our ecosystem. Synthetic biology can reverse the staggering effects humans have had on biodiversity and climate, with additional positive implications for conservation, science and humanity.”