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SynBioBeta

SynBioBeta

SynBioBeta is an organization seeking to help scientists, investors, entrepreneurs, and policy makers create sustainable products and services using synthetic biology. SynBioBeta offers a networking, story telling, and business development platform for people working within the synthetic biology industry.

SynBioBeta was founded in 2012 by John Cumbers and is located in Beverly Hills, California. SynBioBeta is an organization seeking to help scientists, investors, entrepreneurs, and policy makers create sustainable products and services using synthetic biology. SynBioBeta offers a networking, story telling, and business development platform for people working within the synthetic biology industry. A variety of opportunities are made for people interested in synthetic biology by SynBioBeta. The company offers a weekly synthetic biology industry digest, a newswire service, educational courses, and annual synthetic biology conferences.

Notable participants at SnyBioBeta conferences include: Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures), Reshma Shetty (Ginkgo Bioworks), Sean O'Sullivan (SOSV), Randal J. Kirk (Intrexon), Alexandre Zanghellini (Arzeda), Drew Endy (Stanford University), Janet Bainbridge (UK Trade & Investment), Ganesh Kishore (Spruce Capital Partners), Stewart Brand (Long Now Foundation), Axel Trefzer (Thermo Fisher), Eli Groban (Autodesk), and Emily Leproust (Twist Bioscience).

SynBioBeta Conferences

2015

Starting in 2015 SynBioBeta began putting on annual synthetic biology conferences. Conferences in 2015 were held at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, and at the Imperial College in London, England.

2016

In 2016 SynBioBeta synthetic biology conferences were held at the South San Francisco Conference Center in San Francisco, California, the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland, Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, Jiaotong University in Shanghai, China, the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology in Shenzhen, China, and the Imperial College in London, England.

2017

In 2017 SynBioBeta held synthetic biology conferences in the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California, the National University of Singapore in Singapore, and the Imperial College in London, England.

Partnerships

Data Collective

On April 4, 2017 SynBioBeta and Data Collective (DCVC) announced they will be working together to create a pre-seed and seed venture capital firm called the DCVC SynBioBeta Fund. The DCVC SynBioBeta Fund will focus on investing in synthetic biology startups. Matt Ocko, co-managing partner at Data Collective, said the following about SynBioBeta and its founder and CEO John Cumbers "The synthetic biology industry, driven by advances in computational biology and related tool chains, now resembles the Silicon Valley semiconductor business right at its sharp takeoff in the 80s and 90s. John has been running the premier network for the synthetic biology industry, sees new companies and technologies before most people do, and understands where the technologies are headed. We’re excited to have him bringing in new investments."

Media partners and sponsors

The following companies are media partners and/or financial sponsors of SynBioBeta:

Timeline

Data Collective

On April 4, 2017 SynBioBeta and Data Collective (DCVC) announced they will be working together to create a pre-seed and seed venture capital firm called the DCVC SynBioBeta Fund. The DCVC SynBioBeta Fund will focus on investing in synthetic biology startups. Matt Ocko, co-managing partner at Data Collective, said the following about SynBioBeta and its founder and CEO John Cumbers "The synthetic biology industry, driven by advances in computational biology and related tool chains, now resembles the Silicon Valley semiconductor business right at its sharp takeoff in the 80s and 90s. John has been running the premier network for the synthetic biology industry, sees new companies and technologies before most people do, and understands where the technologies are headed. We’re excited to have him bringing in new investments."

First synthetic biology conference held by SynBioBeta

The first SynBioBeta synthetic biology conference was held at Menlo park in the UK in November 2012.

Founding of SynBioBeta

John Cumbers founded SynBioBeta in 2012.

People

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Role
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Chris Oakes

Director of Business Development

Claire Fukutaki

Event Coordinator

John Cumbers

Founder and CEO

Kevin Costa

Customer Success Manager

Kristin Sorrentino

Administrative manager

Yan Liu

Project specialist

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
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Data Collective and SynBioBeta founder John Cumbers launch a seed stage biotech fund

Sarah Buhr

Web article

Infographic: Handy Guide to the EU SynBio Startup Scene

Dani Bancroft

Web article

Singapore bets big on synthetic biology

Sandy Ong

News article

SynBioBeta SF 2016: What have we learned from Silicon Valley? | PLOS Synthetic Biology Community

Aaron Dy

Web article

SynBioBeta: Interview with the CEO, Kate Wildauer | PLOS Synthetic Biology Community

Daniela Quaglia

Web article

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Over $1 Billion Invested this Past Year: Synthetic Biology in 2017 with John Cumbers | Mendelspod

May 11, 2017

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