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News Digest #250 – P&G biomaterials challenge, synthetic neurobiology, and more


SynBioBeta Digest

Your guide to what’s new in synthetic biology

Hi all,

As I think about the future of synthetic biology and what 2019 has in store, I remain convinced that partnerships are critical to the future of our field. Fostering fruitful partnerships and collaborations is one of my main goals at SynBioBeta. Read how Procter & Gamble is writing the future of synthetic biology through their open partnerships with startups and small companies. P&G’s Receptor Incubator Challenge launched at SynBioBeta this year and seeks collaborative approaches for developing bio-materials with novel functionality. Awards include US$25,000 + 6 months of mentoring and support from a P&G team. Apply by November 30th.

Amy Trejo, Open Innovation Manager at Procter & Gamble.

Our SynBioBeta 2019 Black Friday sale is this week. Use the code “WHATSCOOKING” for a $350 discount, with tickets at $1400 — check out the 2019 website here.

Last week, we reviewed the SynBioBeta 2018 conversation between Ed Boyden and Bryan Johnson on the future of the brain. This week, we dive deeper with Ed Boyden, Principal Investigator of the MIT Synthetic Neurobiology Group, about his hopes that new technologies for recording and controlling neural activity will someday lead to prosthetics that can restore lost senses, control pathological neural dynamics, and augment cognition and empathy.

Finally, a big congratulations to the co-founders of Mammoth Biosciences, Asimov and Cellino Biotech for making it to Healthcare 30 Under 30, Forbes annual list of boldest, brashest risk-takers putting a new twist on the old tools of the trade.

Trevor Martin, Co-Founder and CEO of Mammoth Biosciences

Have a great week!


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