bwtech client Natáur secures funding for natural and safer taurine production

COLUMBIA, Md. (September 25, 2023) – TEDCO, Maryland’s economic engine for technology companies, announced a recent $200,000 investment into Natáur. This recent investment came from TEDCO’s Social Impact Funds.

“Natáur is creating bio-based taurine—an essential nutrient for brain development, healthy aging, heart health, and microbiome balance,” said Kathleen Turano, Natáur CEO. “Taurine occurs naturally in animal products but it is missing in plants. With shifts towards more plant-based diets, taurine will need to be added as an ingredient or taken as a supplement to maintain healthy taurine levels. With TEDCO’s investment, we move closer to launching our bio-based taurine.”

Natáur, based in Baltimore, Md., is a company working to provide bio-based solutions for nutrient production. Taurine is used extensively in the nutrition, food, feed, and personal care sectors. Currently, the market is primarily filled with synthetic taurine made from petrochemicals, posing risks to humans, animals, and the environment.

“As diets shift to be more plant based, it can be difficult to ensure certain nutrients are consumed, leading many to take supplements,” said Jean-Luc Park, senior director of TEDCO’s Social Impact Funds. “Natáur is working to support this process and allow individuals to get the needed nutrition through safer and more natural means.”

Natáur has been a member of the bwtech community since 2021.


TEDCO, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, enhances economic empowerment growth through the fostering of an inclusive entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem. TEDCO identifies, invests in, and helps grow technology and life science-based companies in Maryland.

TEDCO’s Social Impact Funds were purposefully designed to engage and invest in economically underserved founders and communities. For more information about TEDCO’s funding opportunities, visit