Synbiota Expands Into Antarctica, Attracts Investors

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Genetic engineering company’s network of researchers hits Antarctica and attracts $300,000 in available funding for their sustainable biological solutions in health, materials, food and fuel.

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Biotech is advancing much faster than computer technology, and Synbiota is at the heart of this revolution

Today, with the addition of members in Antarctica, Synbiota Inc. connects synthetic biology researchers across all 7 continents, just 3 months after the company's launch. Also announced today is $300,000 in available funding for Synbiota members and their biological solutions.

"Genetic engineering is our best bet to save the world," says Bill Liao, Founder of CoderDojo, a global network of hackerspaces and partner at SOSVentures. "That's why we're offering Synbiota's global network of researchers and biohackers $300,000 in available funding to accelerate the development of sustainable biological solutions via the SynBio axlr8r program." Learn more, and sign up at

Synbiota is satisfying a global need for advanced virtual lab technology with its free web-based software. Previously limited to large corporations such as Monsanto, genetic engineering is touted by experts as one of humanity's best tools to combat global challenges in climate, access to food, fuel, materials, and the development of effective, low-cost medicine.

"Biotech is advancing much faster than computer technology, and Synbiota is at the heart of this revolution" says Rob Carlson, principal at Biodesic, and synthetic biology advisor to corporations and governments around the world. "Bringing together a global cadre of independent researchers, and pairing them with real funding opportunities is just the sort of thing that ignites revolutions. This is an incredible opportunity for the iGEM, DIYBio, and entrepreneurial communities to fund their work."

About Synbiota:

Synbiota Inc. was founded in April 2013 with the mission to streamline life science R&D and to make it universally accessible. Synbiota was a Fellow of Mozilla Labs’ WebFWD, winner of Hacking Health’s Most Transformative Technology award, recipient of grants from FedDev and the Eastern Ontario Development Program, and creator of the ‘S PRIZE’ global biotech contest. Synbiota Inc. has offices at the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University (DMZ) in Toronto, and Maison Notman in Montréal.

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