I talk with people about solving problems and making better products with biotech.

Company Creation on Bio-Foundries

Boston Consulting Group hosted a panel where I described Ferment's process for building new synthetic biology companies with talented entrepreneurs, corporate strategics, financial investors, and Ginkgo. Check it out here.

How to Brew Animal Proteins

“Future food: health and sustainability,” a conference held by the Royal Society in London, brought together a wide range of experts from industry, government and the scientific community to share cutting edge research and technology about the future of food. Check it out here.

Generating Value from Waste

How does cell programming help us solve different waste problems? A panel discussion on using engineered biology to upcycle industrial waste and byproducts. Check it out here.

WWD Beauty CEO Summit

At the WWD Beauty CEO Summit, I addressed an audience of beauty and retail executives, who wanted to learn how biotechnology was impacting the options for cosmetic ingredients. Check it out here.

The Space Frontier Foundation

At the invitation of John Cumbers and the Space Frontier Foundation, I spoke a bit about the potential applications of engineered biology for the space industry. See the video here.

Notes on NGS

I sometimes have a chance to speak to audiences about how developments in genomics and industrial biotech are relevant to the food, nutrition, personal care and beauty industries. The conversations generally cover bio-based raw materials, new active ingredients, and what the implications of personalized genetic data might be for the food and personal care regimens of the future.

Cracking the Olfactory Code

This helps the transition to better plant based and animal free foods. Motif creates nutritious, sustainable, and delicious ingredients, which broadens food options for mainstream consumers. If you wonder what the ingredient tool kit for the next generation of food developers will be like, follow Motif’s work.

Biology is Strategy

Jason Kakoyiannis of Bioscentric gave a talk on behalf of Ginkgo Bioworks, the organism design company, at the WWD Beauty CEO Summit in Palm Beach, Florida.

Notes on Multiplexing

If you’ve spent time around technologists these days, you’ve probably heard the phrase “design, build, test.” The main idea behind this mantra, borrowed from engineering disciplines, is that technological progress is made iteratively by stepping through this cycle. With a hypothesis in mind, one first designs an experiment, builds the experiment, and finally tests the hypothesis.

Rewiring the Memory of the Public Markets

In The Wide Lens author Rod Adner explores a question that has dogged entrepreneurs and investors for decades: why do some innovations replace their predecessors rapidly while others only grow gradually?

Do You Have a Biosecurity Strategy?

The pace of technological evolution in the biological sciences in the last two decades, or even the last several years, has been astonishing.

Can Synthetic Biology Bridge the Protein Gap?

You’ve probably heard the numbers before, which usually play on estimates from the U.N. that call for the world’s population to grow from roughly 7.4 billion today to nearly 9.7 billion by the year 2050. Therefore, the argument goes, biotech will be needed more than ever to provide more with less. More cures. More food.

Don’t Ask What It Costs, Ask What It Saves

We are now witnessing the beginnings of a fundamental shift in how ingredients are made by engineering biology.

More and Better

Leveraging biology to produce natural ingredients that power everyday life and replacing less effective ingredients with better, more economical alternatives promises to usher in the next generation of consumer products. But hurdles remain.