You might have heard Troy Lionberger from Berkeley Lights speaking at SynBioBeta recently. Well, they just raised a $95 million financing led by Nikon. The platform is a boon for synthetic biologists as it allows for some very sophisticated single cell manipulation, analysis and selection.
The BioBricks Foundation and the UK-based OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre announced a new easy-to-use legal tool that enables exchange of biological material between research institutes and companies. The OpenMTA is a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) designed to foster a spirit of openness, sharing and innovation in global biotechnology.