News, trends, and stories from the synthetic biology industry

Hi all,

Today's live event will be at 8 am Pacific with Greg Milosevich, CEO of Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, who will be talking about Beckman's innovations in the design-build-test cycle for engineering new biological systems. After Greg's talk, we'll be doing a panel with Tim Gardner, Founder & CEO of Riffyn, Rich Ellson, CTO of Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, Adam Clore,  Director of Development and Innovation at Integrated DNA Technologies, Mike Fero, CEO of TeselaGen, and Stephen Tate, Sr Research Scientist at Sciex. And then we'll be having 3 interactive breakout groups, one on the "Design," one on the "Build," and one on the "Test", you can register here, I hope you'll join us!

In case you missed IndieBio’s Demo Day last week, check out the companies that were pitching at the event here. Since 2015, IndieBio has created a portfolio of biotech companies valued at over $3.2 billion, including companies like Memphis Meats, which develops cultured meat from animal cells; NotCo, a plant-based food brand; and Catalog, which uses organisms for data storage.

In space news, Beyond Earth, an artist collective exploring the frontiers of art and space, is partnering with Twist Bioscience to encode artwork into silicon-based synthetic DNA to be launched on a spaceflight by 2022.

Our friends at Benchling are hosting a webinar on November 18th: Powering the Fermentation Science Behind Future Foods. Strain engineering and fermentation science is exploding in use and complexity, bringing along new R&D challenges. Join this webinar to learn how Clara Foods is harnessing unified data, standardized processes, and collaboration through Benchling to accelerate their fermentation production.

Here’s some of our fresh content for you to enjoy:

Cell-based collagen company looks to disrupt traditional supply chains for a better world. Meet Jellatech, the world’s first cell-based collagen and gelatin ingredient company. Congratulations to the co-founders, Stephanie Michelsen and Kylie Hesp!

These CRISPR edited seeds are planting a sustainable future for the agricultural industry. To disrupt and transform old industries, we need to work with nature, not against it. That’s the philosophy behind Inari, one of the newest companies reimagining the agricultural space.

Mammoth Biosciences signs agreements with MilliporeSigma and Hamilton Company targeting commercialization of high-throughput CRISPR-based SARS CoV-2 Test. The test leverages Mammoth’s DETECTR BOOST™ platform.

Neurotech Pub Episode 2: What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Paradromics CEO Matt Angle speaks with Beata Jarosiewicz, Vikash Gilja, Sergey Stavisky, and Frank Willett about how brain computer interfaces can be used to restore communication in patients with tetraplegia.

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Who's hiring?

Senior Director: Conagen – Bedford, MA

Applications Analyst (LIMS): Geltor – San Leandro, CA

Business Systems Administrator: Geltor – San Leandro, CA

Marketing Communications Manager/Sr. Manager: DNA Script – South San Francisco or Paris, France

Senior Research Associate, Strain Engineering: Flagship Pioneering – Cambridge, MA


Synbionik – Germany, Multiple Positions

Codexis – Redwood City, CA, Multiple Positions

AbSci – Vancouver, WA, and Boston, MA Multiple Positions


Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Gene Delivery): John A. Burns School of Medicine – Honolulu, HI


Scientist, Synthetic Biology: Empress Therapeutics, Inc. – Cambridge, MA

Scientist: Palamedrix – San Diego, CA

Director, Bioinformatics: LifeMine – Cambridge, MA

Staff Engineer, Process Development: Inscripta – San Diego, CA

Molecular Biology Team Lead: Slone Partners – San Carlos, CA


COVID Test Processor: OpenCell – Jersey, UK


Biochip Design Engineer: Analog Devices – Boston, MA


Postdoctoral fellow: GartonLab – Toronto, Canada


Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Gene Delivery): John A. Burns School of Medicine – Honolulu, HI


Scientist, Synthetic Biology: Empress Therapeutics, Inc. – Cambridge, MA



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