Andrew Horwitz

I joined the synthetic biology revolution in mid-2011, right before the sector imploded (Figure 1). The survivors, including my employer at the time, Amyris, beat a retreat from biofuels to smaller volume/higher margin opportunities, e.g. flavors and fragrances, cosmetics and nutraceuticals. For some of my colleagues, transitioning from…


By Ted Tarasow

Starting a new company in the middle of a pandemic is challenging. Hiring an A-player team without in-person interviews, finding and equipping laboratory space, and initiating operations are all more complicated. But we felt these factors were more than offset by the opportunity to take advantage of…


It is an exciting time to be in our industry! I have personally seen this field grow and change since the late 1980s when I did my Ph.D. on the use of enzymes to make chiral compounds. Back then this was more a scientific curiosity than a technology for commercial…


Sestina is writing cellular poetry

Synthetic biology has the potential to transform vast sectors of our economy. We now can genetically engineer cell lines to manufacture foods, flavors, aromatic chemicals, fuels, fabrics, and even therapeutics. We’ve achieved this through the modifications of existing organisms and the creation of new ones that have new functions. Unfortunately…

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