SynBioBeta 2018: The Global Synthetic Biology Summit 2018-05-17T07:53:27+00:00

SynBioBeta 2018: The Global Synthetic Biology Summit

San Francisco, October 1–3
Part of Synthetic Biology Week

SynBioBeta 2018 is the premier industry networking event for biological engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and investors who share a passion for engineering biology to build a better, more sustainable universe. The event showcases the synthetic biology that is transforming how we fuel, heal and feed the world. Come be a part of the bio revolution, join us at SynBioBeta: Where Tech Meets Bio, and Bio Meets Tech.

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Key Themes

Bio Meets Tech

The new building blocks of biology now stretch far beyond their origin. From AI to scaling and automation, these platforms are expanding the limits of what biology can do, from the lab bench to the world.

The Next Industrial Revolution

As we divert from mere optimization of natural processes, new systems and materials emerge. Cell-free biological factories and biomanufacturing are paving the way for the next biologically-inspired industrial revolution.

The Bioeconomy Culture

Synthetic biology is no longer confined to the laboratory, and there is much to be done regarding the context in which it is developed and applied. The only way to reach a sustainable bioeconomy is to integrate all involved parties and foster an open discussion.

Biopharma + Health

We are entering a new era of medicine. Engineered cells, therapies, and genetic treatments are expanding what we can treat and how we will live.

Energy + Environment

Maximizing the bioeconomy will help minimize the use of non-renewable resources by producing sustainable bioproducts, renewable fuels and more. After all, nothing is greener than biology.

Food + Agriculture

To feed more people on an already straining planet, agriculture must become greener, more innovative and more bountiful. Synthetic biology is ready to help.


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Draft Schedule

Monday, Oct. 1stTuesday, Oct. 2ndWednesday, Oct. 3rd
8:00am Registration8:00am Registration
8:30am Keynote: Bryan Johnson - Neuroscience & Synthetic Biology8:30am Fireside Chat: Mike Eisen & John Cumbers - Why Aren't More Scientists Engaged in Politics?
9:10am Panel: Bio is Not Another App, Investing in What Matters9:10am Go Big or Go Home: Scaling Up the Biofab
9:40am Advanced Manufacturing: Impact Infrastructure for Synthetic Biology9:40am Hardware Hacking and Bioautomation
10:20am Fireside Chat: TBA10:20am Fireside chat: Esther Dyson - When Tech Meets Bio
11:45am Panel: Measuring What Matters11:45am Bio-based Crop Protection
12:20pm Cell-Free Synthetic Biology & Engineering Enzymes and Antibodies12:20pm Mighty Microbes: Why Protein is the Killer App
12:45pm Lunch12:45pm Lunch
2:00pm Gene Editing 2.02:00pm Synthetic Biology for Sustainability in Space
2:40pm Panel: The Future of DNA Synthesis2:40pm Bioelectronics and Consumer Biology
3:15pm BioPharma and Synthetic Biology3:15pm Engineered Gene and Cell Therapies to Fight Cancer
3:50pm One Earth in Solidarity: Environmental Applications Reverse Pitch4:05pm Biosecurity by Design: Traceability & Bio on the Blockchain
5:05pm Reading Between the Lines, DNA Deep Learning, AI & Genomics5:25pm What's your Biostrategy? Biomaterials, Biochemicals, and Biodesign
5:40pm Panel: Cyanobacteria, Algal Engineering, & Ocean of Life6:00pm A Holistic Vision: Reimagining Education, Culture, Public Perception & Science
6:25pm Networking Reception6:55pm Reception
8:30pm - 9:30pm SynBioBeta Kick off Party8:00pm - 9:00pm SynBioBeta After Party8:00pm - 9:00pm SynBioBeta After Party

Gold Sponsors

Twist Bioscience
Ginkgo Bioworks

Silver Sponsors

The Dow Chemical Company
Molecular Assemblies

Bronze Sponsors

Cambridge Consultants
Oxford Genetics
Touchlight Genetics
Spruce Capital Partners
Mintz Levin
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