News, trends, and stories from the synthetic biology industry

Hi all,

Congratulations to Geltor for raising a $91.3 million Series B investment to create animal-free ingredients for the cosmetic, food, and nutrition industries.

A new test may show whether your immune system can neutralize the coronavirus. Many of us are asking: Have I already been exposed to the coronavirus, and am I immune to further infection? A fast, easy, and sensitive new antibody test detects the specific biomarkers of long-term immune protection against SARS-CoV-2 that can answer that question.

Despite coronavirus, 85% of Americans are thinking about sustainability as much as or more than ever. Most of us want the government and brands to prioritize sustainability even while facing other issues.

16 open problems in engineering biology. As our engineering toolkit in bio expands to be more powerful than ever before, and the infrastructure to deliver, produce, and scale these solutions comes increasingly online, a whole new world of problems in biology begin to feel approachable. Here are the 16 biggest and potentially most rewarding challenges a16z sees coming in the world of bio.

This biotech business won't let cost get in the way of a COVID cure. Synthetic gene manufacturer ATUM turned down venture capital. That's why it's free to do whatever it takes to fight Covid-19.

Please join our friends at Innovation Endeavors' Deep Life & LEO Pharma on August 19th at 10 am PT for a panel discussion with the founders of Color Genomics, Emerald, and Epicore Biosystems on realizing the potential of platform technologies and discovering new use cases in the life sciences. Register here.

In agriculture news, Tropic Biosciences is partnering with BASF to utilize Tropic’s GEiGS™ (Gene Editing induced Gene Silencing) technology to develop traits to address growers’ most critical challenges in protecting crops.

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Latest News

A CRISPR calf is born. It's definitely a boy (Wired)

Deep curation has the potential to revolutionize how biological research is performed (Science)

One hundred years after her birth, it’s time to reassess the legacy of Rosalind Franklin (Nature)


Inventor and science luminary John Warner joins Zymergen to accelerate green chemistry (Press release)

Mosa Meat achieves 80x reduction in medium cost for creating lab-grown meat (The Spoon)

How CEOs think: 5 mental models to shift from founder to CEO (NFX)

Early steps to create a synthetic, “mirrored” organism (Medium)

Synthetic protein design and production publication confirms Evozyne’s revolutionary technology (Press release)

Researchers offer solution for one of synthetic biology's biggest problems (Penn State)

Thinkers in biology, design, and architecture take on the future of spaces and how they can be reimagined, redefined, and reconstructed

Bioconcrete presages new wave in environmentally friendly construction (Nature News)

Twist Bioscience appoints Erin Smith Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy (Press release)

Robot that prints new skin could revolutionize burns treatment (Press release)

Who's hiring?

Data Scientist: Inscripta – Remote Worker

Senior Research Assistant: Colorifix – Norwich Research Park, Norwich

Lead Metabolic Engineering Scientist: Helaina – New York, NY

Synthetic Chemist: Elegen – San Carlos, CA

Fluidics Engineer: Elegen – San Carlos, CA

Senior Synthetic Biologist: Elegen – San Carlos, CA

Senior Scientist/Engineer (Mammalian Cell Process Development): Artemys Foods – San Leandro, CA

Scientist/Engineer (Scale down process development): Artemys Foods – San Leandro, CA

Research Associate: LanzaTech – Skokie, IL

System Integration Scientist: Inscripta – Pleasanton, CA 

Staff Scientist (Enzyme Engineering): Inscripta – Pleasanton, CA 

Scientist, Enzyme Engineering: Inscripta – Pleasanton, CA

Scientist, Analytical Chemistry (Physical Properties & Characterization): Geltor – San Leandro, CA

Senior Scientist, Analytical Chemistry: Geltor – San Leandro, CA

Scientist, Mammalian Cell Biology: Inscripta – Pleasanton, CA

Technology Development Engineer/Scientist: Inscripta – Boulder, CO

Senior Scientist, Biochemistry: Inscripta – Pleasanton, CA

Computational Biology Scientist: Inscripta – Boulder, CO

Field Applications Scientist – East: Inscripta, Boston, MA

Account Executive: Inscripta – East Coast, United States

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