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Entrepreneurs are Transforming Synthetic Biology into Real Dollars

Tuesday,  January 22, 2013 
6:00 - 7:00pm  Networking and Refreshments
7:00 - 8:30pm  Panel Discussion and Q&A


Cemex Auditorium at Knight Management Center (Parking and Directions)

Event Description:

Synthetic biology was once-upon-a-time reserved for big pharma and the multimillion dollar chemical manufacturing industry. But today, startups and hackers in their garages and basements are using cloud based services and low cost labs, tools, and equipment to manipulate organisms to produce materials and products of economic value.

Startups like Lygos are altering the DNA of yeast and e-coli to produce nylon, polyester, and polypropylene for clothing. RefactoredMaterials is transforming proteins to create materials that mimic spider silk. All of this is possible because cloud-based services and low cost tools are enabling these companies to quickly and cheaply build and iterate through multiple DNA blueprints to discover the right formula to produce these materials.

Come to our event on January 22, 2013 at the Stanford Graduate School of Business to learn:

  • What are the tools and cloud services that enable synthetic biology for startups?
  • What are the keys to low cost innovation that will democratize synthetic biology and create profitable ventures?
  • How do movements like Biohacking and Biocurious help shape this new movement?
  • Can backyard biologists have the same impact that the homebrew computer clubs did in the 1980s?
  • Is there a Moore's law equivalent for this space and what do investors see as the next big opportunities?

Join us to Learn More.


Megan Palmer, Deputy Director,  Stanford University, Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC)


Dan Widmaier, CEO, Refactored Materials

Nathan J. Hillson, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Teselagen

Warren Hogarth, Partner, Sequoia Capital  

Sasha Kamb, Senior Vice President, Amgen  

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