BioCurious, a local DIYbio lab, now open for DIYgenomics experiments

 

BioCurious meets world: The next big thing to come out of a Silicon Valley garage: BioCurious, a hackerspace for biotech, is now open to the public! For $150 a month, amateurs, entrepreneurs, and professional scientists get access to tools, classes, and community at our 2,400 square foot lab in Sunnyvale. Make genetically-engineered bacteria, sequence DNA, find the tools to get your bio-project growing, or make friends with amateurs and experts in the community.

BioCurious features a full wet lab, office space, and co-working area. Membership at BioCurious includes access to gel electrophoresis, real time PCR, incubators, fridges, freezers, and we are adding new equipment all the time. Last year, 239 amazing people donated $35,319 on Kickstarter to catapult BioCurious out of the garage and into a full lab space. Over the past year, the BioCurious volunteers established a non-profit business entity, held meet-ups, acquired donated equipment, evaluated lab spaces, and established safety and waste disposal procedures. Why? We believe that innovations in biology should be accessible, affordable, and open to everyone. We’ve built a community biology lab for amateurs, inventors, entrepreneurs, and anyone who wants to experiment with friends.

Education: Beginners can become experts in their spare time. In one of our first classes, we made bacteria glow using DNA from jellyfish, the “hello world” experiment for synthetic biology. Hands-on classes in DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, hardware hacking, and more, are on the schedule. Our “Business of Biotech” lecture series is perfect for people trying to break into this growing field. And classes for everyone from executives to pre-K young scientists are in the works. Membership is not required, and most classes are open to all ages. Visit biocurious.org to sign up – spaces go quickly!

Community: Find co-discoverers, co-founders, and friends at BioCurious, whether you’re looking for the creative spark of a novice or the technical expertise of a professional scientist. BioCurious is the first lab of its kind in the Bay Area, allowing anyone to participate in science. Our members come from backgrounds spanning economics, philosophy, and art, as well as science and engineering. Members can host meet-ups. Planned activities include science projects, art shows and movie nights. We are collaborating to build something amazing. That’s the spirit of BioCurious.

Innovation: Have a great idea, but don’t want to pursue it at work or school? We think experiments need a place to flourish. Builders and makers need a place to prototype. And good ideas need to become reality. BioCurious is a not-for-profit organization and does not make any claim to member intellectual property. We encourage start-ups and entrepreneurs to use our facilities and meeting rooms, and have special deals for dedicated bench space, equipment housing, and cold storage.

Change the World: We’ve come a long way over the last year. Our community now includes over 500 members in the Bay Area. At the Maker Faire we wowed thousands of visitors, and won an Education Award. We presented at an International Synthetic Biology Conference. We piloted hands-on biotech classes for Singularity University. And now we’re pleased to open the doors of our new lab in Sunnyvale. We’re starting a new biotech revolution in the Valley; come join us. Become a member today! Visit www.biocurious.org. Check out upcoming classes (www.biocurious.org/classes). Come see the lab, get a day pass or take a tour, and see the next big thing to come out of a Silicon Valley garage. Stay Curious, Eri Gentry, Executive Director Founding Directors: Kristina Hathaway, Joseph Jackson, Tito Jankowski, Raymond McCauley, Josh Perfetto BioCurious: 845 Stewart Drive, Suite C, Sunnyvale, California Current hours: 12 noon – 10 PM weekdays, 10 AM – 10 PM weekends

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