Singularity University Fires Up Synbio Startup Launchpad


An update on the Singularity University’s synthetic biology effort via the Singularity Hub:

Synthetic biology is poised to become one of the big technologies of the 21st Century – a game changing area of science that could alter everything we know about health, energy, and humanity. But if the synthetic biology revolution ever wants to get off the ground, it’s going to need a new wave of entrepreneurs to develop companies and establish the [infrastructure] and industry. Singularity University is looking for those entrepreneurs…and it’s going to help them succeed.  The Synbio Startup Launchpad is SU’s latest effort to empower the next generation of business leaders with the disruptive influence of accelerating technologies. Using software incubators as a model, the Synbio Startup Launchpad will give top tier startups up to $50k in funds, supplies, and lab services. […]

It was [SU Co-Chair of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics] Andrew Hessel (a big synbio advocate), and John Cumbers of NASA Ames who first brought the idea to SU. Triple Ring Technologies is co-leading the program and providing wet lab space and services. Science Exchange will give each startup up to $2500 in science service discounts. BioCurious is opening their doors to all the Synbio Startup Launchpad participants, with Raymond McCauley [SU Co-Chair of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics] and Eri Gentry also serving as mentors. In fact, looking through the list of partners, faculty, and mentors involved, it’s hard not to get excited. These are the people you want on your team when you venture into unknown biological territory.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Program Runs May – August. Startups apply here (April 1 deadline coming soon!)
  • Prospective Investors and Partners go here, to contact Gabriel Baldinucci, Vice President of Strategy and New Venture Development at SU.

Read the full article from Singularity Hub here.