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From WTF to WFH: Building a digital backbone for faster, cheaper, better science in a decentralized world

Technology and biology are becoming cheaper and increasingly precise. In spite of this, many pharmaceutical products are taking longer and more investment to reach the market than ever before. Moreover, recent global events have challenged our ability to perform scientific pursuits in the same old ways—the need for transformation in how we work is more clear than ever. SynBioBeta brings together leaders in the field of synthetic biology to discuss how we can re-imagine R+D, digitalization, and biomanufacturing to address urgent consumer and industrial needs in an ever-changing and accelerating world. 


  • Making data matter more: How to get more discoveries with less effort
  • The factory lab: How principles of manufacturing, quality and data analytics assist R&D effectiveness without inhibiting innovation
  • Distributed research: How contract research and digital collaboration technologies are changing the way we do science
  • Reduction to practice: Case studies in successful digitalization

Special guests:

Recorded: Tuesday, June 30, 8:00 am PDT – 9:30 am PDT


  • 8:00 – 8:10 – Welcome, John Cumbers & Tim Gardner
  • 8.10 – 8.30 – Keynote by Loren Perelman
  • 8.30 – 9:00 – Short talks by each of the speakers
  • 9:00 – 9:30 – Panel discussion moderated by Loren
  • Guests are welcome to network with speakers following the discussion

Kevin Costa

As Editor and Program Manager, Kevin leads SynBioBeta's digital media content, with the goal of telling the story of the people, companies, and ideas shaping the future with biology. Before joining SynBioBeta, Kevin managed the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center. His interests include public engagement, science writing, community building, and bikes!

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