News, trends, and stories from the synthetic biology industry

Hi all,

A major new development was just announced with the launch of Resilience, a new company working to advance our biopharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities. The first-of-its-kind technology company has already raised over $800 million and looks to address supply chain weaknesses exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold, who spoke at SynBioBeta 2019, is on the board of directors.

Ginkgo Bioworks said it is funding the expansion of New Jersey-based diagnostics firm Access Bio for the production of at least 10 million rapid antigen test kits. These tests for COVID-19 detect viral proteins and can provide a result in about 15 minutes.

Thanks to Seiji Hirasaki, founder and CEO of OriCiro Genomics, for sponsoring this week's SynBioBeta newsletter. At SynBioBeta 2020, Seiji announced the OriCiro Cell-Free Cloning System, the first technology enabling cell-free amplification of large circular DNA, eliminating the reliance on E. coli cloning. The technology, which could be automated in the future, can be used in the processes to make artificial chromosome gene therapies, DNA libraries, diagnostics, and DNA data storage devices. Learn more at OriCiro Genomics.
 

We're getting ready for Brands and Biology on December 2nd and 3rd. We’ll explore topics such as:

  • Consumer attitudes towards and engagement with bio-based ingredients and products
  • Synthetic biology’s disruption of the fashion, food, cosmetics, electronics, and construction industries
  • How to build a consumer-facing synthetic biology brand and succeed in a crowded marketplace

Speakers include:

Alexander Lorestani
Geltor

 

Shara Ticku
C16 Biosciences

Jenny Rooke
Genoa Ventures

Scott Fulbright
Living Ink

 

Christina Agapakis
Ginkgo Bioworks

Jennifer Holmgren LanzaTech

Jun Axup
SOSV

 

Will Patrick
Culture Biosciences

Ginger Dosier
bioMASON

Check out all the speakers

We are happy to announce that we are offering free press passes to writers and members of the press who are interested in covering the event! To apply for a free press pass, please contact us.

At SynBioBeta 2018, Una Ryan, a talented biologist, artist and designer, showcased her artwork that combines images of the very small under the microscope and the very big from satellite imagery. She recently published an article about it, The calm of scientific art. As she puts it: “Looking at the exquisite beauty of the inner workings of our cells at enormous magnification, another very comforting thought emerges. We are all the same inside, regardless of age, gender, religion or skin color.”

In other news, Ed Boyden, a neuroscientist who spoke at SynBioBeta 2020, revealed his team’s new imaging technique that makes it possible to see multiple cellular signals at once, in real time. Developed at MIT, this breakthrough technology gives researchers a more detailed view of cells’ internal discussions that was not possible to see until now.

Ed Boyden
MIT

Una Ryan
ULUX

Some interesting news from Twist Bioscience this week on a new viral panel that distinguishes between more than 3,000 different infectious diseases, a new research tool for the sequencing and surveillance of COVID-19, and positive preclinical data for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

Regards,
John

Latest News

Arzeda expands applications of its protein design platform and advances towards commercial deployment of designer enzymes for sustainable food & nutrition ingredients (Press release)

AbCellera expands technology stack with acquisition of Trianni for $90 million (Press release)

New genetic tools will deliver improved farmed fish, oysters, and shrimp. Here’s what to expect (Science Magazine)

DNA finds pollutants in green-glowing water test (Scientific American)

Gene editing success could turn Triangle startup Locus Biosciences into a billion dollar unicorn (WRAL TechWire)

Viral genome built in a test tube: A new method to stitch together DNA can assemble a virus genome in one day (Science Line)

Sumitomo Chemical launches SynBio Hub, a new organization in the US, to accelerate next-generation business utilizing synthetic biology

Genomatica to scale bio-nylon 50-fold with Aquafil to meet surging brand demand (Press release)

Moolec Science plans to make animal proteins with soy, pea & safflower using ‘molecular farming’ (The Spoon)

Fermentation can help build a more efficient and sustainable food system – here’s how (WEF)

Concordia students design food for future trips to Mars (Concordia University)

NovoNutrients partners up on its pathway to commercialization (GAA)

Who's hiring?

University of California: Associate Teaching Professor of Bioengineering – Santa Cruz, California

 

Application Scientist: Codex DNA – San Diego, California

 

Scientist, Metabolic Engineer: Conagen – Bedford, MA

 

Scientist, Fungal Biology: Conagen – Bedford, MA

 

Scientist, Synthetic Biologist: Novome Biotechnologies – South San Francisco, CA

 

Biomolecular Nanomaterials Scientist: Berkeley Lab – Bay Area, CA

 

Graphic Designer: SynBioBeta (contractor)

 

Senior Scientist, Biochemistry: Inscripta – Pleasanton, CA

University of California: Associate Teaching Professor of Bioengineering – Santa Cruz, California

 

Application Scientist: Codex DNA – San Diego, California

 

Scientist, Metabolic Engineer: Conagen – Bedford, MA

 

Scientist, Fungal Biology: Conagen – Bedford, MA

 

Scientist, Synthetic Biologist: Novome Biotechnologies – South San Francisco, CA

 

Biomolecular Nanomaterials Scientist: Berkeley Lab – Bay Area, CA

 

Graphic Designer: SynBioBeta (contractor)

 

Senior Scientist, Biochemistry: Inscripta – Pleasanton, CA

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