SynBioBeta SF workshops are happening on Tuesday October 3rd and Wednesday October 4th  during the morning break, afternoon break and lunchtime. There is no additional charge for the workshops but you need to be registered for the conference in order to attend them. Registration for workshops will be opening soon.

Seed Funding for Synthetic Biology Startups

Ruth Shuman, National Science Foundation

Learn how your small company can get funding for research and development. America’s Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation provides non-dilutive seed capital for early-stage R&D, moving discoveries out of the lab into the market for societal impact.  Visit

Industrialization of engineering biology: from discovery to scale-up

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab): The Joint Genome Institute, The Agile BioFoundry (ABF), and The Advanced Biofuels (and Bioproducts) Process Development Unit (ABPDU); Genomatica and LanzaTech.

The focus of this interactive workshop is to discuss how the integration of multiple OMICS platforms, automated workflows, advanced informatics approaches, predictive scale-up and large scale fermentation capabilities can be harnessed to transition from hypotheses to pre-commercial applications. We will discuss multiple examples, describe how the unique constellation of platforms and resources under the Berkeley Lab umbrella are structured, and the different models for companies and other entities to access these capabilities.

Consumer packaged goods companies: How to pick a synthetic biology development partner.

Mark Bünger, Lux Research

Recent new products from the synthetic biology industry include flavors, nutraceuticals, soft drink ingredients, toiletries, over-the-counter drugs and other consumables. If you are in the fast-moving consumer goods or consumer packaged goods business and are looking for a development partner in this space, this workshop will give you a good introduction. In addition, via examples, you will gain tips and insights in order to spot a good development partner while learning some of the common pitfalls to avoid.

Biology in the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

Elliot Menschik, Amazon Web Services.

Get under the hood of AWS for biology with case studies of how the synthetic biology industry is using cloud computing to make biology easier to engineer, scale beyond their means, design new genetic circuits and increase the rate of discovery. AWS is making is easier to take that next step in scientific innovation and this is your opportunity to see how cloud computing has already made an impact in the scientific community.

Improve Speed and Reduce Costs of DNA Assembly and NGS Workflows

John Lesnick, Applications Manager, Labcyte Inc.
Jared Bailey, Applications Scientist, Labcyte Inc.
Jefferson Lai, Applications Scientist, Labcyte Inc.

In this workshop the Labcyte team will discuss the use of acoustic liquid handling to miniaturize synthetic biology workflows; reducing costs and assay turnaround times. We have optimized the design, build and test of tools for gene assembly and cell transformation, and miniaturized NGS assays for plasmid sequencing and QC, reducing reagent costs up to 100-fold. Using the Echo® Liquid Handler you can design, multiplex, and execute high-throughput experiments and make build cycles of thousands of samples feasible. And our tipless liquid handling eliminates human error in both plating and arraying, which wastes reagents and time as a result of experiments having to be repeated.

From pigs to patients: gene editing technologies for lifesaving human therapeutics

Tammy Lee Stanoch, President & CEO
Mitch Abrahamsen, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer & Chief Scientific

Founded in 2008, Recombinetics applies precision genetics to improve human and animal health.  The company develops customized biomedical swine models that replicate human diseases for preclinical research.   RCI is also partnering with world-class medical institutions to develop human cells, tissues and organ products in a pig for transplantation back to humans.

Digital, Biological, Material

Victor Oh, BASF

With the recent collision of the digital world with the synthetic biology and biomanufacturing world, companies are developing novel products from biology with unprecedented speed and customization. In this workshop, learn how you too can leverage digitalization and biofabrication by partnering with the “right” development partners for materials, home, health, hobby and other goods in the consumer vertical.

Recruiting Great Teams to Drive Innovation

Richard Herbert, Helix Recruiting

We know how to build teams focused on innovation. We know that entrepreneurs need to move quickly and seize opportunity. Helix Recruiting understands that the best businesses are driven by great teams and that people follow opportunity. Richard will share his best practices and where the pitfalls lie in building teams in innovative start-ups across a spectrum of industries and sectors.

The Pillars of Project Management

Monroe Hatch, Integrated Project Management

Would you like to execute your development plans more quickly, predictably, and with less stress? Effective project management can help you achieve these goals. This workshop will cover fundamental project management concepts that you can use regardless of your company size, including project charters, timelines, and understanding project constraints. Straightforward tools you can use immediately will be presented.

Plant Biotech Pop-Up Lab: clone your own cultures!

Sebastian Cocioba, Binomica Labs

Excited about CRISPR and the future of plant biotech but don’t know where to start? The core of plant genetic engineering and biotech is plant tissue culture. Without this vital skill, no amount of genetic wizardry would function. In this workshop you’ll get a chance to prepare your own tobacco tissue culture and witness somatic embryogenesis first hand. Along with your culture, seeds will also be provided so you can replicate the whole experiment at home.

Brewing science and the future of beer

Sean Sleight

In this workshop Sean Sleight will discuss the beer brewing process and how it compares to industrial fermentation, why it’s important for a brewery to have a beer lab for quality control, and give some existing and future examples of synthetic biology applications to brew better beer.  He will have some samples on hand of beer ingredients for those unfamiliar and will go through specific examples of lab tests for beer, some of which can be highly relevant for biotech applications.  We will also discuss the use of a toggle switch to control yeast flocculation, and engineered yeast strains to make beer that tastes like banana and citrusy-smelling valencene.

A step-by-step guide to genetically modifying yourself with CRISPR

Josiah Zayner, The ODIN

This workshop will guide you through the steps for how anyone could potentially modify themselves with CRISPR technology and how we are making that possible. It will cover things such as where to obtain materials, key decision points, and provide a handy guide for you to take home with you!

How to Build a Brand That Conveys Your Vision

Jon Anderson, Brand Strategist & Creative Director

Enormous amounts of time and energy go into creating your product or service, but without a clear brand strategy, the value of what you do may not be understood. Building a brand is more than making a logo or choosing a color scheme. It’s about harnessing the power of your vision in a compelling and interesting way so your audience can grasp the potential of your ideas. In this session, we will talk about how you can bring your vision to life with a powerful brand strategy

Antibodies in a week: accelerated antibody screening with computationally optimized libraries and high-throughput repertoire analysis

Jake Glanville, Distributed Bio.

In this workshop, Distributed Bio will provide training on advanced computational methods in their cloud-based AbGenesis platform to accelerate the discovery of monoclonal antibodies, selection for characteristics including affinity, stability, cross-reactivity and epitope targeting. These methods are demonstrated on selections of optimized SuperHumanlibrary, using robotics and high stringency washes to provide a method for generating high affinity antibodies against a protein target within seven days.