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News Digest #199 – Y Combinator Bio + SynBioBeta 2018 + Raw Water!


Hi all,

Y Combinator is getting even more serious about Bio with the launch of YC Bio, a new way to fund early-stage life science companies that are still in the lab phase. Sam Altman spoke at SynBioBeta in 2015 on the growing impact of bio inside of YC. Their first focus will be on longevity companies.

Manus Bio received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a fermentation process for low-cost manufacturing of artemisinin, Christine Santos will be speaking at our October event. Congratulations to DMC Biotechnologies which just raised $1.75M for a new fermentation-based manufacturing platform aiming to reduce biological complexity. Congratulations also to Bell Biosystems on their pre-clinical safety study of their Magnelle-powered Cell Therapies.

Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator.

On the blog this week, we discuss the need for synthetic biology to reach mass commercialization and adoption, and how we can accelerate this process. We also reflect on why scientists should be outspoken on issues like raw water.

The F3 Team is hosting two public webinars on January 25th and 26th to discuss the F3 Fish Oil Challenge. The fish oil alternatives field has attracted interest from big players such as Cargill, Skretting, DuPont, Calysta, and other synthetic biology firms due in part to the technology’s multiple uses.

This newsletter is now in its 7th year and is read by over 5500 people. Next week, we’ll be sending our 200th digest! We will also be opening registration for SynBioBeta 2018 with a special priced launch week until January 31st, so stay tuned!


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