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.