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Newsletter #15  • 2019
Hello, iGEM Community!

As the end of the year draws near, we want to say thank you for an amazing year! We have attended some fantastic events, had some exciting conversations with some fantastic innovators, and seen the growth of some unique synbio start-ups launching global change. As the year comes to a close, we can only reflect and prepare for all of the exciting new opportunities the new year holds!

This Newsletter Features:

  • Application For The 2020 Ambassador Program
  • Celebration of Our Global Community
  • Events To Look Out For
  • Synbio in the News
  • Job Opportunities

Now let's explore!

Do you want to spark change in your community? Do you want to help shape the future of iGEM? Then apply to be an After iGEM Ambassador for 2020! The Ambassador Program is an opportunity to promote, support, and inspire your local iGEM community.
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10 Years of iGEM: Celebrations From Australia 

As 2020 rolls around, teams are celebrating incredible milestones. Macquarie iGEM had a delicious BBQ to celebrate ten years as an iGEM team and their Best Energy Award!

Congratulations to every single member of the Macquarie University.

We are always looking to share, submit your team milestones here!

Solving the Water Crisis: The Journey of an iGEM Startup


Biotech tools allow us to introduce selectivity and efficiency in the field of therapeutics. With this idea in mind the Purrafinity team selectively targeting and extracting the most potent contaminants from water. 

How did their journey start, and where they are now? Experience their growth.

Waste No More! iGEMers Taking Care of Textile Waste

Akshay Sethi and Moby Ahmed founded Ambercycle . What is their mission? To take clothes from garbage to garment in three steps: divert—convert—revert. Their technology turns complex “end-of-life” textiles into new yarns that can be used again, again, and again!

Catch them on Forbes 30 Under 30 or visit their website.



Start your year off right by attending conferences. Come meet new people, develop ideas, and gather inspiration!
Catalyst Biosecurity Summit

Catalyst will be a day of collaborative problem-solving for a broad range of people invested in the future of biotechnology, including synthetic biologists, policymakers, academics, and biohackers. The aim of the Summit is to catalyze a community of forward-looking individuals who will work together to engineer a future enhanced by biology and not endangered by it. The summit will take place on February 22, 2020 at The Laundry in San Francisco, CA.

Engineering Meets Evolution: Designing Biological Systems

Set in the beautiful campus of IIT Madras, the India EMBO Symposium will bring together biologists, engineers, and theoreticians to discuss exciting advancements and exchange ideas and challenges in the field of synthetic biology. Not only that! iGEMers from India will also be sharing their work. Join us for a great time from January 30, 2020—February 1, 2020!

Together We Built, We Shared, We Celebrated! What's Next?

You've heard the news: iGEM is opening its first international chapter in Paris - now it's time to celebrate the official launch of iGEM Europe! We are co-hosting 3 events at the iGEM Welcome Summit in March. 

Join us to open our new chapter with more programs, our vision for a sustainable future, and the road to 2021. 

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What Does The Future Look Like? 

Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species taps today’s most forward-thinking scientists, inventors, authors, and artists to envision the future on topics ranging from gene-editing to longevity to synthetic biology to the ideal drug.

Sign up to get an alert when NEO.LIFE’s Kickstarter launches + get the early backers reward.

The Dawn of Cheap and Easy DNA Writing

Illustration by Daniel Zender

The way that scientists write DNA hasn’t changed much since its introduction in 1981. To push past this slow and environmentally hazardous method, startups look to nature.  They believe that using enzymes, which is how DNA is naturally written, is the way to go. Learn why controlling the enzyme is tricky

iGEMer of the Month

Let's introduce you to Rene Inckemann. He was a team member for the 2016 and 2017 iGEM Duesseldorf Teams. An instructor for the 2018 iGEM Marburg team, the winner of the Overgrad Grand Prize, and adviser for the same team in 2019.......Want more? 

He was the mentor of the 2019 TU Kaiserslautern Team, which was the runner-up in the undergraduate category of the 2019 Giant Jamboree, and this was the first time TU Kaiserslautern participated in the iGEM competition!

Thank you, Rene, for being an important part of the iGEM Community and for helping iGEM Teams! 

Submit your story or nominate a friend for a chance to be featured in the iGEMer of the Month section!


A global directory of creative companies and job opportunities
Synthetic Biologist Positions at Asimov

Asmiov, an iGEM Startup from the 2008 Washington iGEM Team, is hiring for the positions of Viral Vector Synthetic Biologist and Mammalian Synthetic Biologist. With a mission to radically advance humankind’s ability to design living systems, they are looking for iGEMers to be a part of this journey.
Entrepreneurial Senior Business Development Manager

Biosyntia, a Synthetic Biology startup which recently raised €4M, is looking for someone to take the lead over commercializing their novel bio-based technologies at Biosyntia (Copenhagen). Find more info here
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