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



Thursday, November 13th – Welcome

Autodesk Gallery, 1 Market St #200, San Francisco

Join us as we officially open SynBioBeta SF 2014 with a Welcome Reception on Thursday, at Autodesk Gallery. The reception will be hosted by UK Trade and Investment, and is a great opportunity to meet and greet with conference speakers, sponsors and attendees to talk shop. Admission is complimentary to our conference attendees.

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, Bioeconomy Capital
• Tim Gardner, Riffyn
• Jason Kakoyiannis, Bioscentric
• Jamie Bacher, Pareto Biotechnologies
• Stephen del Cardayre, REG Life Sciences
• Reshma Shetty, Gingko Bioworks
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.

• Moderator: Laurakay Bruhn, Agilent Technologies
• Justin Bingham, SGI-DNA
• Adam Clore, Integrated DNA Technologies
• 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.

• Roger Chen, O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures
• Omri Amirav-Drory, Genome Compiler
• Doug Densmore, Lattice Automation
• Mike Fero, TeselaGen
• Claes Gustafsson, DNA2.0
• Max Hodak, Transcriptic
• Carlos Olguin, Autodesk
• Christian Olsen, Biomatters
• Sajith Wickramasekara, Benchling
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 Research
• 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.

• Moderator: Richard Kitney, Imperial College London
• Brandon Chen, Genomatica
• Rachel Haurwitz, Caribou Biosciences
• David McElroy, Ingenza
• Sean Ward, Synthace
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, Stanford University
• Tim Dafforn, Linear Diagnostics
• Jeffrey Dietrich, Lygos
• Keira Havens, Revolution Bioengineering
• Alfred Ho, Morph Bioinformatics
• Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange
• Mike Koeris, Sample6
• Jonny Ohlson, Touchlight Genetics
• Marian Rehak, Sphere Fluidics
• 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, Bioeconomy Capital
• Itschak Friedman, LionBird VC
• Scott Nolan, Founder's Fund
• Matt Ocko, Data Collective
• Ryan Bethencourt, Indie Bio

Cambrian Genomics & SynBioBeta After Party

Alchemist Bar & Lounge • 679 3rd Street (Between Brannan & Townsend)

Keep the conversation going! The party continues after the Networking Reception as a shuttle will take attendees to Alchemist Bar & Lounge for food and drinks. Interested groups will be taken on a tour of Cambrian Genomics' facilities located just upstairs.

Saturday, November 15th – Networking Brunch Cruise

California Spirit at Pier 40 on The Embarcadero, San Francisco

Also happening on the cruise will be Ladies in Labs: a conversation of women in synthetic biology, brought to you by the Bay Area BioEconomy Initiative (BAB) and BioCurious.

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.
Join us at a quiet location on the yacht where, through an open forum, we’ll explore ideas relating to gender and identity in science, discuss organizations that are doing diversity right, and share projects and companies we’d like to kickstart. All are welcome to participate!








Pre-Reg Before
August 15th
Early Bird Before
October 3rd
Regular 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 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.

The host hotel for SynBioBeta SF 2014 is Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel. For reservations, call 800-562-7463 or 1-415-673-6672 or email Be sure to ask for SynBioBeta 2014 group rate.


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.