What is SynBioBeta
SynBioBeta is the leading community of entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, policymakers, and biology enthusiasts devoted to the responsible growth of the synthetic biology field. We’re dedicated to telling the stories of the field and startups involved, building their networks, and helping them attract investments.
Our international conferences and events bring the entire community together several times each year and give anyone the opportunity to meet with the bright minds building and shaping the nascent field — from venture capitalists and angel investors to entrepreneurs and thought leaders. The SynBioBeta Blog and SynBioBeta Digest ensure that you’ll stay connected every day in between.
And while our focus is on startups, we’re here to support responsible companies throughout their industry-disrupting journey. SynBioBeta offers the industry’s only laser-focused job postings page, online advertisements, and exhibit sponsorships in addition to expert-driven research reports, courses and training sessions, and consulting services. Visit our Services Page to see how we can help you grow.
Meet Our Team
Founder & Executive President
John Cumbers received his PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry from Brown University. He has a masters degree in bioinformatics from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Hull in England. He founded the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines competition) team at Brown in 2005, was an iGEM ambassador to China in 2006/2007 and has been working in the field of synthetic biology and resource utilization in space at NASA Ames since 2008.
Director of Educational Services & New Business Development
Kate Wildauer received her bachelor’s in Business Administration from Villanova University and a Master’s in Microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University. Her 20 years experience includes positions in oncology research, clinical data coordination, project management, training, business development and services director for a non-profit organization. She founded and ran a successful business for 10 years and served as adjunct faculty at Villanova.
Course Instructor & Consultant
Dr. Josh Gilmore received his PhD in Chemistry from University of California Berkeley in 2007 with Matt Francis while studying protein attachment to synthetic surfaces. He performed his postdoctoral work with Professor Jay Keasling at the Joint BioEnergy Institute and SynBERC, learning how synthetic biology can be applied to biofuel production and DNA control mechanisms. He has extensive teaching experience and was a back-to-back outstanding student instructor for organic chemistry at University of California Berkeley. He is currently a consultant for synthetic biology start-up companies.