Our quarterly synthetic biology investment numbers are in! 33 companies raised $925 million in the second quarter of 2018. For a live discussion of the data, please join us for a special webinar with SynbiCITE on global developments and business opportunities in our industry at 2pm London time. The webinar will also highlight opportunities at the SynBioBeta Global Summit (October 1-3) and a special SynbiCITE UK Showcase on October 1, both in San Francisco. In case you miss it, we’ll post the recorded webinar next week.
Global synthetic biology investment through Q2 was $1.5 billion, compared to $1.8 billion for all of last year, setting a pace in 2018 to nearly double last year’s investment.
If you haven’t seen it already, check out John Oliver’s take on CRISPR gene editing. It’s a complex topic with equally complex characters, yet Oliver gets to the technical and ethical heart of gene editing in 19 minute 29 seconds, with time to spare for shower sex between a mouse and a tick. Our columnist Embriette Hyde shares viewers’ reactions. Our take-away: brilliant #scicommedy. What’s yours? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The power of synthetic biology is poised to reinvent everything from medicine to manufacturing, but as the technology advances, it will become easier to engineer pathogens and parasites that can infect us. To help reduce the danger of these potential risks, Ginkgo Bioworks announced a biosecurity initiative focused on designing software tools to screen DNA sequences and determine if they could be pathogenic or toxic to humans or animals.
This week, Evonetix received funding for a £1.3 million ($1.75M) gene synthesis project to develop a novel enzymatic process for DNA synthesis in collaboration with Durham University. Briefcase Biotec launched their reservation program for the first 50 Kilobaser devices - the 'Nespresso machine of DNA primer synthesis', you can learn more about it at SynBioBeta 2018 with CEO Alexander Murer.
We spoke with Charles Dimmler, CEO of Checkerspot, about their recent $5 million round of funding to make new sustainable, high performance materials from microalgae. It’s a sneak peak of Dimmler’s talk at SynBioBeta 2018.
“We see a future where consumer product and industrial designers will be thinking about designing their input materials at the molecular level, with the assistance of biologists, chemists, materials engineers and computer scientists.” - Charles Dimmler, CEO of Checkerspot.