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SynBio Forum - Practical Technologies: Open Tools for Bioproduction

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  • UserDr Jenny Molloy (Open Bioeconomy Lab, University of Cambridge), Dr Jim Ajioka (University of Cambridge, Colorifix)
  • ClockTuesday 29 June 2021, 15:00-16:30
  • House Webinar (via Zoom online).

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Join us for the first in a new series of workshops exploring technologies at the interface of biology, engineering, academia and industry. This series will provide practical advice on how to make the most of the latest biological technologies, and how research can be applied in commercial and non-profit environments.


Open Tools for Bioproduction

Dr Jenny Molloy

Jenny is the Founder and Director of the Open Bioeconomy Lab. She is also a Shuttleworth Foundation Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge, studying the role and impact of open approaches to Intellectual Property for a Sustainable and Equitable Bioeconomy. Her work focuses on better understanding problems facing researchers accessing biological research tools in low-resource contexts, particularly Latin America and Africa. Jenny has been analyzing existing innovative solutions and the potential for local, distributed manufacturing of enzymes to improve access and build capacity for biological research. The broader aim of her research is to contextualize “open source” approaches to biotechnology within current narratives of innovation and the bioeconomy policy agenda.

Dr Jim Ajioka

Jim has had a life-long passion for the environment, with a PhD in Ecology and Evolution. At the University of Cambridge, Jim’s background in building tools for molecular genome analysis led to early adoption of synthetic biology methods aimed at the construction of a biosensor as a sustainable method to assess arsenic contamination of drinking water in Nepal and Bangladesh. Jim is now a founder and Chief Science Officer for Colorifix, a synthetic biology startup using biological processes to produce, deposit and fix pigments onto textiles.


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The SynBio IRC is pleased to announce a new series of workshops providing practical advice for researchers interested in exploring the latest biological technologies. The workshops will explore how novel technologies can be used to drive research with real-world applications. Sessions will look at both the development of technology and it’s transfer into the public realm via both commericialisation and non-profit companies and initiatives.

The workshops will feature speakers from academia, industry and the non-profit sector, giving insite into the whole lifecycle of application-driven technologies, from ideas and develeopment to being used by consumers. The sessions will showcase different methods used to deliver research outcomes, including spin-outs, non-profit companies and open-access projects

Workshops will be held monthly, Tuesday 3-4:30pm

29th Jun: Open Tools for Bioproduction

27th Jul: Low-Cost Microscopes

31st Aug: Open Technology Frameworks

28th Sep: Accessible Automation

26th Oct: Soft Robotics

30th Nov: Novel Sensors

14th Dec: Next-Generation Scanning Microscopes

This talk is part of the Engineering Biology Interdisciplinary Research Centre series.

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