Hi ,

This week, I attended the iGEM Grand Jamboree in Paris and met some awesome people doing amazing work. Here are some that stood out to me (see images below, starting at top left and ending at bottom right): A team from Fudan University who created two children's books explaining synthetic biology; the iGEM McGill team, who won the Undergrad Grand Prize (congratulations!); Me with the Makerere-Uganda iGEM team, whom I supported through their crowdfunding campaign, and finally, China had a significant presence at this year's Jamboree and some really cool start-ups including SynMetaBio, which makes mycelium-based leather, and Link Spider, which makes spider silk. Congrats to all the teams on their submissions and hard work!

In other news,, a company coding human cells for novel cures, announced its cell therapy pipeline and declared it the lead cell therapy candidate as it prepares to enter clinical development in 2025. The company also announced three key additions to its Scientific Advisory Board. You’ll be able to meet at SynBioBeta 2024 next May.

Interstellar Lab, a biofarming startup, joined L’Oréal's Green Sciences Incubator program to explore the use of BioPod to source sustainable ingredients for cosmetics. You’ll also be able to see Interstellar Lab's BioPod at SynBioBeta in May!

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John Cumbers

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