News, trends, and stories from the synthetic biology industry

Hi all,

Synthetic biology’s biggest event of the year is just 27 days away! Learn how our industry can work together to create meaningful partnerships, grow the market, start new companies, scale new technologies and see our products in the market to create a vibrant, equitable bioeconomy for all. Here's a sampling of the great discussions that you don’t want to miss!

  • How to Build a Synbio Lab: A primer for start-ups
  • Algae's Role in the New Bioeconomy: Spotlight Talk with Checkerspot's Charlie Dimmler
  • Equality Among our Peers: Challenges and opportunities for women in synthetic biology

Got your ticket? Then check out the SynBioBeta app and create your personal schedule, start networking, and set up 1:1 meetings.

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Join a SynBioBeta Podcast live recording. I'm excited to host a live SynBioBeta Podcast recording with Berkeley Lights CEO Eric Hobbs on Thursday, September 10th at 8 am Pacific. We’ll discuss their recent IPO, benchmarking in synthetic biology, and more. It will be followed by the premiere of our virtual networking space, hosted by SpeakEasy. This will be an exclusive event for members of the Bioeconomy Hub, a year-long membership focused on amazing experiences that will connect you with the community, educate you on the industry’s most pressing issues, and provide the tools you need to thrive in this field. Sign up for the Bioeconomy Hub to gain access to this event and many more, including SynBioBeta 2020 and 2021!

In case you missed it, we are offering students a fantastic opportunity to attend the Global Synthetic Biology Conference for only $499 (full price $1499). Simply send a picture of your student ID to and we will send you your full-access student pass!

My Forbes column passed one million viewers last month! Thanks to all who have shared their amazing stories with me. Here are two more stories that I featured in Forbes this week, plus two stories we thought you’d find interesting:

How do we safely reopen schools and work? Cheap, fast testing, enabled by a $5 million XPRIZE. A timely contest calls for biotech innovators to join the effort to develop frequent, fast, cheap, and easy COVID testing.

How a newly public synthetic biology company pivoted to the pandemic: up close and personal with Twist Bioscience. Despite the pandemic, Emily Leproust and Aaron Sato remain dedicated entrepreneurs. And now more than ever, they say synthetic biology needs to deliver.

Can yeast oil save rainforests from palm oil plantation pressure? Palm oil is cheap, plentiful, and extremely useful — but its production involves destroying tropical rainforests. Startups are racing to replace palm oil with oil from yeast cultures. Can they beat palm oil's low price?

Codex DNA demonstrates momentum toward its mission of building the world’s first vaccine printer and global vaccine network. The latest version of its DNA printer is a digital-to-biological converter (DBC) that can enable printing life-saving vaccines on a global scale using synthetic DNA to stop future pandemics.

Are you a startup with a platform approach solving critical problems in drug discovery and delivery? Deep Life (an ecosystem founded by VC firm Innovation Endeavors) has partnered with LEO Pharma for its first-ever Deep Life Challenge. Each startup that submits an application will be reviewed for: (1) investment by Innovation Endeavors and (2) partnership with LEO Science & Tech Hub - including access to dedicated resources such as experts, mentorship interactions, and applicable datasets for validation. To learn more, visit the website.

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Latest News

Researchers develop a yeast-based platform to boost production of rare natural molecules (Concordia University)

Microbes with mettle build their own electrical ‘wires’ (Nature)

iGEM & the Sustainable Development Goals

Body fat transformed by CRISPR gene editing helps mice keep weight off (New Scientist)

The promise and perils of synthetic biology take center stage in a fast-paced new Netflix series (Science News)

Tasty future? Durham food tech startup Pairwise is close to marketing its leafy greens (WRAL TechWire)

Aanika Biosciences signs research collaboration with The University of Miami (Medium)

Request for information: Review and Revision of the Screening Framework Guidance for Providers of Synthetic Double-Stranded DNA

Amyris scales first fermentation-based cannabinoid (Press release)

Microbes working together multiply biomass conversion possibilities (EPFL)

Who are the synbio companies in the YC Summer 2020 cohort?

Welcoming iGEMers to their entrepreneurial journey

Iowa State study measures Pivot Bio environmental benefits

Future design: What 'living' clothes can do to absorb carbon emissions (CNN)

Who's hiring?

Senior Process Engineer: Inscripta – San Diego, CA

Technical Informatics Specialist (TIS): Inscripta – Boulder, CO

Cell Biology (Microbe): Inscripta – Boulder, CO

PhD Scientist: Procter & Gamble – Cincinnati, Ohio

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

Senior Instrument Control Software Engineer: Inscripta – Pleasanton, CA

Field Service Engineer (FSE): Inscripta – Europe

Account Executive: Inscripta – Midwest, US

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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