San Francisco, CA – November 13th – 15th, 2014


Thursday, November 13th – Welcome

Autodesk Gallery, 1 Market St #200, San Francisco

We'll be kicking off SynBioBeta SF 2014 with a Welcome Reception at Autodesk Gallery. Admission is complimentary to our conference attendees, hors d'oeurves will be served with a cash bar.

Friday, November 14th – Conference

Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens St, San Francisco

Learn how synthetic biology will help solidify supply chains for centuries old industries and create entirely new markets. In the last several years industrial biotech platforms have shifted focus from fuels to high value cosmetics, flavors, and fragrances. Some platforms can even tailor functionality to create novel designer molecules.

• Moderator: Zach Serber, Zymergen
• Rob Carlson, Biodesic
• Jamie Bacher, Pareto Biotechnologies
• Stephen del Cardayre, REG Life Sciences
• Reshma Shetty, Gingko Bioworks
• Jason Kakoyiannis, Bioscentric
• Steve Somers, Vigon International
With our eyes on the future, it can be easy to forget the rapid pace of recent innovation. Just five years ago it cost tens of millions of dollars to clone and assemble a 1-million base pair genome. Kiss that price ceiling goodbye as we catch-up on the next-generation DNA synthesis platforms making genes cheaper and more accessible than ever before.

• Justin Bingham, SGI-DNA
• Adam Clore, Integrated DNA Technologies
• Claes Gustafsson, DNA2.0
• Austen Heinz, Cambrian Genomics
• Jeffrey Hung, Genscript
• Devin Leake, Gen9
Multiple partnerships have been formed, numerous features have been added, and thousands of researchers have joined the user bases of innovative gene design and assembly platforms since last November. Drop the pipette, ditch your lab's squeaky swivel stool, and listen in as we hear from the industry's leading bioCAD/bioCAM companies.

• Moderator: Doug Densmore, Lattice Automation
• Omri Amirav-Drory, Genome Compiler
• Christian Olsen, Biomatters
• Sajith Wickramasekara, Benchling
• Mike Fero, TeselaGen
• Max Hodak, Transcriptic
Introduction: Denver Dale, On-Point Capital
The world needs to act on carbon emissions, but thinks about the problem all wrong. Forget the costs associated with limiting emissions and focus on the monetization opportunities to utilizing waste carbon as cheap, plentiful feedstocks. Open your mind as leading companies discuss a more sustainable (and profitable) carbon future.

• Moderator: Mark Bunger, Lux Capital
• Elizabeth Clarke, Industrial Microbes
• Eli Groban, Intrexon
• Kef Kasdin, Proterro
• Michael Koepke, Lanzatech
If you could create any set of genes, what would it do? While redesigning metabolic pathways accurately and precisely is easier said than done, new implementation and quality control strategies continue to improve genome editing techniques. Turn your attention to consumer, commercial, and public health products enabled with the latest advances.

• Brandon Chen, Genomatica
• Tim Fell, Synthace
• Ian Fotheringham, Ingenza
• Rachel Haurwitz, Caribou Biosciences
More efficient biological systems have near limitless applications in numerous, unrelated industries. Unfortunately, we cannot have sessions for all of the important advances in the field with a one-day conference. Balance on the edge of your seat for a lightning round of news, updates, and announcements from across the industry.

• Moderator: Megan Palmer, Synberc
• Tim Dafforn, Linear Diagnostics
• Jeffrey Dietrich, Lygos
• Edward Green, Green Biologics
• Keira Havens, Revolution Bioengineering
• Alfred Ho, Morph Bioinformatics
• Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange
• Mike Koeris, Sample6
• Jonny Ohlson, Touchlight Genetics
• Annelise Soulier, Prokarium
• Dan Widmaier, Refactored Materials
• Michael Yates, Algenuity
Synthetic biology startups have attracted a healthy amount of capital in the last year, but the need for funding and business strategy tweaking doesn't stop there. Participate in a discussion about funding appetites, investor preferences, market trends, and technology strategy approaches with our revamped investor panel.

• Moderator: Una Ryan, Bay Area Bioeconomy Initiative
• Spencer Adler, SynBio Investors
• Blake Byers, Google Ventures
• Itschak Friedman, LionBird VC
• Scott Nolan, Founder's Fund
• Matt Ocko, Data Collective

Saturday, November 15th – Networking Brunch Cruise

California Spirit at Pier 40 on The Embarcadero, San Francisco

You won't want to miss our Networking Brunch Cruise on Saturday, November 15th. Board the luxurious California Spirit at Pier 40 and enjoy a delicious brunch and networking in a casual atmosphere as we cruise along the bay, seeing some of San Francisco's famous landmarks including The Bay Bridge and Alcatraz Island, cruising directly under the Golden Gate Bridge. The cruise is open to everyone, including family, but seating is very limited. Discounted pricing for children 10 and under. Boarding will begin at 10:45 am.
The yacht will leave the port promptly at 11:00 am.


op_capital_logo EXTRA WHITE SPACE hi
Innovation is Great Britain


biotech start
Breakout Labs


Sphere Fluidic


Before August 15th
Early Bird
Before October 3rd
After October 3rd
Student/Biohacker $199 $249 $299
Startup/Academic/Gov. $299 $449 $549
Industry $499 $649 $799
Brunch Cruise $95 $110 $125


What’s Included?

Conference registration includes the Welcome Reception (with a cash bar) on Thursday, November 13th and all the sessions, breakfast, lunch and breaks, the Friday Networking Reception (with a cash bar) and, a conference guide.


If you can’t attend the conference, then you are welcome to substitute your ticket with somebody else. Please just let us know by e-mailing Lisa Comeau. If you have to cancel more than 30 days before the conference then you’ll receive a refund minus a $50 administrative fee. Sorry, but we can’t accept cancellations within 30 days of the conference. We also reserve the right to make changes to the program, schedule and speakers.


The conference will be held at Mission Bay Conference Center located at 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA 94143-3008. The Mission Bay Conference Center is easily accessible to public transportation and freeway connections. Click here for driving directions and public transportation routes.


Mission Bay Conference Center is located within the William J. Rutter Center at UCSF. A public parking garage is located adjacent to the building. Parking fees should be paid at the payment window of the garage before exiting. Rates are as follows: $3.50/hour up to 8 hours or $28.00 for the whole day. For all parking locations, please download the campus map.