Legualt, who first fell in love with synthetic biology while attending a workshop with the wetware company Synbiota, says she thinks it’s the role of a designer to make a complex subject like synthetic biology more accessible and understandable to the general public.
The social hackathon movement has grown exponentially in recent years and many of the ideas born from them have become established apps and long-term projects. Synbiota, a web-based platform that allows users to collaborate on innovations in biotechnology, was conceptualized at a Canadian-based health hackathon, HackingHealth. The company has since raised $3 million in funding.
Synbiota strategic partner Amino (a desktop bioreactor that uses Synbiota RDP technology) features on Gizmodo.
"Synbiota, the DNA programming company that is now her business partner for Amino, showed participants how to create violacein, the anti-cancer compound that’s one of Amino’s first “apps.”"
You will learn the ins-and-outs of, genetic design and assembly, pipetting by hand and by robot, incubating engineered bacteria, and biosafety. By the end of the workshop you will have engineered and grown your own custom micro-organism that does useful work, or makes valuable biological products like medicine, materials, food and fuel.
Earlier today, the Canadian Innovation Exchange rang the bell at the TSX in celebration of the CIX Top 20, a showcase of the most innovative technology companies across Canada.
Synbiota is at the forefront of a small but growing subset of start-ups dabbling in bio-engineering. These include companies like Massachusetts’ Joule Unlimited, which uses special bacteria to convert carbon dioxide into environmentally efficient fuel, and custom gene-printing firm Cambrian Genomics.
A Canadian company is trying to make it possible for anyone to be a "biohacker" and make custom genetically modified organisms in their home kitchen.
Homemade GMOs may sound scary to some, but Toronto-based Synbiota thinks making genetic engineering technology available to ordinary people will lead to new products that we haven't yet dreamed of.
In the kitchen: Using kits from Synbiota, home hobbyists can start engineering color-generating E. coli with little more than pipettes, tubes, and the kitchen sink. $395 and up
A few steps away from the bustling city center, a little house is home to a rather unusual Saturday night. A glass of wine in one hand, pipette and latex glove on the other, get ready for a biohacking night, hosted by the canadian start-up Synbiota! Here, no flashing stroboscopes, we use fluorescent bacteria instead, which attendants learn to prepare and happily make “shine” with the color they fancy.
Synbiota COO Dr. Justin Pahara profiled by Alberta Primetime News.
Media Lab Director Joi Ito is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the internet in transforming society in substantial and positive ways. A vocal advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and internet freedom, Ito is board chair (and former CEO) of Creative Commons, and sits on the boards of the Mozilla Foundation, WITNESS, and Global Voices. In Japan, he was a founder of Digital Garage, and helped establish and later became CEO of the country’s first commercial internet service provider. He was an early investor in more than 40 companies, including Flickr, Six Apart, Last.fm, Kongregate, Kickstarter, and Twitter. Ito’s honors include Time magazine’s "Cyber-Elite” listing in 1997 (at age 31) and selection as one of the “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum (2001). In 2008, BusinessWeek named him one of the “25 Most Influential People on the Web.” In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute.
Biohackers in the US might have more freedom when it comes to tinkering with biology. But over in Europe, there’s still a heap of red tape between a would-be biohacker and their next invention.
Toronto and London-based biotech startup Synbiota organised a BBQ biohackathon in Oxford this weekend to keep the conversation going about the potentials of citizen biohacking, and the opportunities that EU biohackers would gain from a relaxation in current regulations.
We’ve often heard that lowering the bar for entry in biotechnology will democratize the science and open the field for new types of innovation. Connor Dickie, CEO, lives by that credo. Synbiota kits have made plasmid building easy enough so that high schoolers in a kitchen could do it. Dickie will introduce the new DNA Tinker Studio, which will allows inexperienced users to build a variety of new genetic functions into microbes.
A group holding red cups full of beer converged around a kitchen table littered with petri dishes, pipettes, and other basic laboratory equipment. Our host/lab director, Justin Pahara, explained how we were all going to take a custom snippet of DNA and stick it into some unsuspecting Escherichia coli bacteria. In essence, we were about to reprogram a living cell in an Austin, Texas kitchen.
The Toronto company makes kits ranging in price from $45 to $995 designed to let anyone – no scientific knowledge required – make genetically modified organisms at home. It just launched its newest, most advanced kit, called DNA Tinker Studio, at South by Southwest.
Imagine if assembling DNA for a customized biological organism was as simple as putting together a LEGO kit. This is the vision of Synbiota, a Canada-based startup that launched an Indiegogo campaign this week for its DIY biotech inventor’s kit called the DNA Tinker Studio.
Synbiota created a “DNA Tinker Kit” that allows anyone to experiment with biology in a way that was once reserved for expensive laboratories. The kit contains materials that let you design, build, and grow inventions by rapidly prototyping DNA. Essentially, the kit is similar to a LEGO set for biological organisms.
A DNA public teaching seminar slated to take place in Nelson on April 25 and 26 will be the first ever taught in BC. The course will be offered by Synbiota, a Toronto based Open-Source organization who are dedicated to spreading the interest and ability to get into DNA research without the necessity of large corporate backing. Dr. Justin Pahara from Synbiota will be flying from Toronto to teach the seminar.
Congratulations to the 2015 SynBio LEAP Fellows!
The Fellows have been competitively selected for the 2015 LEAP Fellowship based on their leadership potential and their visions for shaping the future of biotechnology.
Space Channel profiles DIYbio in the Synbiota environment.
The future of medicine no longer rests solely in the hands of doctors and scientists. With the do-it-yourself biology movement, citizens from all walks of life are banding together to devise solutions for many of the medical conditions and diseases that plague societies around the world.
This year the Synbiota has launched a new project called #ScienceHack. Here to tell us in the recorded interview about the project is Synbiota’s CEO and co-founder, Connor Dickie.