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Keynote Announced!

At this year's conference, we are proud to announce that Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen, Founder of Openwater.Health will be presenting a talk entitled "The Problem is $522M and 13 Years: A New Approach" on the main stage, where she will discuss the challenges and solutions in developing novel therapeutic medical devices. She will highlight the substantial average cost ($522M) and lengthy time (13 years) required for regulatory approval of these devices, pointing out that 85% of the expense is attributed to device development rather than clinical trials. In response, Dr. Jepsen will introduce a revolutionary platform approach, enabling startups to achieve regulatory approvals in under three years with less than $10M in expenditure. It will be an exciting and vital discussion not to be missed.

Meet the Latest SynBioBeta Speakers!

New Sponsors & Exhibitors:

  • Battelle is a global research and development organization committed to science and technology for the greater good.

  • Raytheon BBN is comprised of three market-leading businesses – Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney and Raytheon – working as one to answer the biggest questions and solve the hardest problems in aerospace and defense.

  • Absci is a generative AI drug creation company on a mission to create better biologics for patients faster.

  • BCG is a global consulting firm that partners with leaders in business and society to tackle their most important challenges.

  • Novonesis is a global company leading the era of biosolutions. By leveraging the power of microbiology with science, we transform the way the world produces, consumes, and lives.

  • Biolog has the tools, services, and support to provide the microbial phenotypic characterization and polyphasic identification capabilities required to produce functionally relevant insights. 

  • Rodon Biologics as a biotech CRO/CDMO have 20 years of activity engineering, producing, analyzing, characterizing and delivering recombinant protein as well as small molecules from engineered microorganisms.

  • INTEGRA provides user friendly solutions for Liquid Handling and Media Preparation applications which serve the needs of our customers in research, diagnostics and quality control laboratories.

  • H.E.L Group’s mission is to work together with chemistry, safety and biotechnology experts to engineer and unleash the full potential of the scientific community.

  • Ganymede is the modern cloud data platform for the life sciences and manufacturing.

If you’d like to drive more business to your company, consider joining the exhibit hall floor by contacting Anissa Cooke.

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Who just signed up for SynBioBeta?

  • Ailurus Bio, Ansa Biotechnologies, DMC Biotechnologies, Elevate Bio, Fermelanta, Macnica, 

    Molecular Assemblies, NunaBio,, Recombia Biosciences, TurtleTree, UCSF Cell Design Institute, Werewool, Metaphore Biotechnologies, RootPath, Alphazyme, Cambium, BiologIC Technologies Limited, Nuclera, and Scripps Research Institute.

$80m Funding Opportunity from the National Science Foundation 

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recently published $80 million in funding opportunities designed to accelerate key scientific areas that will enable new applications of importance to the U.S. bioeconomy. As part of the funding opportunities, the NSF’s Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP) is promoting two critical initiatives over the next three years. These programs were created to accelerate the adoption of cell-free systems and AI-based approaches to protein design, enabling new applications in each area. In this SynBioBeta webinar, Waleed Nasser, PhD, Program Director at NSF’s TIP program, will outline the program's fundamental goals and, importantly, describe what investigators must do to qualify and take advantage of this funding opportunity. Moreover, Waleed will discuss the Ideas Lab process. Join us for this informative webinar!

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Town Hall with George Church, David Baker, and Sarah Carter

Join Dr. George Church and Dr. David Baker for a SynBioBeta interactive Town Hall at the intersection of AI and protein design. Moderated by Dr. Sarah Carter, you’ll discover how generative AI is revolutionizing the field of biology, enabling unprecedented advancements in human health, planetary health, and beyond. But with great power comes great responsibility, and with great opportunities comes a set of risks that need to be balanced. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with the giants in the field. Register today.

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Curated Networking Opportunities at SynBioBeta 2024:  (RSVP Required)

These exclusive events are designed to provide you with unmatched networking opportunities, cutting-edge insights, and unforgettable experiences. 

Tues, May 7

  • Investors Luncheon (12:15-1:30 pm): Join us for an intimate gathering of investors and industry experts, where you'll gain invaluable insights and forge powerful connections.

Wed, May 8

  • Startup & Investor Breakfast (7-8:15 am): Start your day with a dynamic networking session, bringing together trailblazing startups and visionary investors.

  • Marketing & Messaging Breakfast (7-8:15 am): Dive into the world of effective communication and brand storytelling, learning from marketing masters in the field.

  • CEO's Luncheon (12:15-1:30pm): Engage in thought-provoking discussions and share strategies with fellow CEOs driving the synthetic biology revolution.

Thurs, May 9

  • Senior Tech Leadership Breakfast (7-8:15 am): Collaborate with senior technology leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges and opportunities in our industry.

  • Early Stage Founders Breakfast (7-8:15 am): Connect with fellow entrepreneurs, share experiences, and gain valuable guidance to propel your startup forward.

  • Women's Luncheon (12:15-1:30 pm): Celebrate the incredible women leading the charge in synthetic biology, fostering meaningful connections and empowering one another.

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