News, trends, and stories from the synthetic biology industry

Hi all,

I began this year’s SynBioBeta conference with a Leaps Talk with Tristan Harris, co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology and star of the eye-opening Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma. The discussion was introduced by Jurgen Eckhardt, head of Leaps by Bayer, Bayer’s impact investment division, and SynBioBeta partner.


In our talk, Harris explained social media’s role in undermining basic facts. For Big Tech algorithms, embellished, salacious, and downright untruthful content is the most profitable. Companies like Facebook operate in the Attention Economy, enticing users to stay engaged with the platform for the benefit of advertisers. Having seen what happened to social media, I asked Harris what advice he could offer to the biotech community. Read my Forbes article about what he had to say.

Optimize Your Workflow: Bottlenecks And Solutions In The Design, Build, & Test Phases: People working in synthetic biology often discuss the design-build-test cycle for engineering new biological systems, but reality is often far messier than that. Problems with reproducibility of data and difficulties in building the correct biological constructs often unnecessarily lengthen this cycle, slowing the progress toward commercialization.

Join us on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 11:00am-1:00pm PST for a discussion with experts in the different areas of the design-build-test cycle on the issues they have encountered and how they fixed them. Panelists include experts from IDT, SCIEX and Beckman Coulter Life Sciences.

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In other news: congratulations to the 2020 East Bay Innovation Awards Finalists Bolt Threads, Perfect Day Foods, Pivot Bio, and Zymergen! Register for their Virtual Ceremony here.

With $300 million in new funding, Zymergen aims to sustainably transform the $3 trillion chemical and materials industry
By making better, greener alternatives to petrochemistry, Zymergen sees a huge economic and environmental opportunity

A living night light made from microbes could be all the rage this Christmas
Mushlume UFO by Urbz brings back the glowing dinoflagellate aquarium at the intersection of biology and design

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Synthace announces the launch of new product helping scientists execute and scale key assays (Press release)

2020 life sciences sector report from CLSA shows strong growth in jobs, investments and therapeutic pipeline in California (Press release)

Recombinetics merges with Makana Therapeutics to accelerate xenotransplantation (Press release)

CRISPR’s Nobel Prize sent gene editing stocks into overdrive (The Next Web)

Programmable medicine is the goal for new bio-circuitry research (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Sequence-to-function deep learning frameworks for engineered riboregulators (Nature Communications)

A deep learning approach to programmable RNA switches (Nature Communications)

Synthego pioneers next-generation CRISPR light control technology (Press release)

The second decade of synthetic biology: 2010–2020 (Nature Communications)

‘A terrific choice’: George Church salutes fellow CRISPR pioneers’ historic Nobel win (STAT News)

Biosecurity is synthetic biology’s most crucial ally (

Apply to meet with investors during the Wilson Sonsini Life Sciences Investment Forum, December 2-4, 2020

The gene-edited corn, cows, and potatoes that could curb climate change (Future Human)

Open Book Extracts and Lygos sign MOU to co-develop and commercialize nutraceutical supplement products containing rare cannabinoids (Press release)

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