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Where the bioeconomy begins...

"This Is The Event Everyone Is Looking For In The Synthetic Biology Industry..."

The Global Synthetic Biology Conference is an impactful event that unites the leading biological engineers, investors, innovators, and entrepreneurs who make up this fast-growing industry.

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Discover How Synthetic Biology is Disrupting Consumer Products, Food, Agriculture, Medicine, Chemicals, Materials, and More...

3-Day of interactivity packed with exceptional content and delivered entirely online 
by using the latest technology to keep the event entertaining, engaging and interactive. 
Come learn the latest technologies, hear the big announcements in the field, make new partnerships, meet investors, and discover new companies.

September 29th - October 1st, 2020


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Day one will feature our annual Investor Grand Panel, show you how to build the lab of the future, explore conscious capitalism, and announce inductees in The Biotech Startup Draft. > check the schedule


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We will explore biotech and the brain, anticipate the future of food, go beyond sustainability to a truly circular carbon economy, and consider synthetic biology as a force of equity. > check the schedule


We will focus on new synthetic biology modalities in health care, emerging technology platforms for vaccines, therapies and diagnostics, and the latest COVID developments. > check the schedule

Get The SynBioBeta 2020 App

The Global Synthetic Biology Conference will take place on the SynBioBeta 2020 platform. 

The platform is available on desktop, Google Play, & the App Store.

Build your profile

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The SynBioBeta app features AI-powered networking based on your interest and your profile. Start building your profile today and make sure you stand out! 

Schedule 1:1 meetings

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You don't have to wait for the conference to start scheduling 1:1 meetings with thought leaders and speakers. Catch your time slot today before they fill up.

Register for sessions

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Start exploring the sessions and pick your favorites to add to your calendar. If you miss a session - don't worry! You can still catch the replay.

Explore sponsors & exhibitors

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Interested in new technologies and the companies that make up the industry? Make sure to check out the exhibit hall and interact with this year's sponsors & exhibitors.

Endless content & ways to connect. Download today!


About Your Host



Hi, my name is John, and I am the founder of SynBioBeta.

I began my science career at NASA Ames, in the heart of Silicon Valley, seeking answers to how humans could live to visit the far reaches of our universe.

Today at SynBioBeta we help bio-entrepreneurs, companies, investors, researchers, visionaries, and thought leaders who are shaping the future of humanity to connect and bring projects to life.


Leaps Talks X SynBioBeta Interactive Keynote

Dopamine, disinformation, and the pursuit of science

A Leaps Talk with Tristan Harris on shaping human progress through biology

Tristan Harris is a design ethicist and critic of how the web is downgrading humanity. In this fireside chat with SynBioBeta founder John Cumbers, Harris will explore how the synthetic biology community ought to think about this digital moment in history. What happens when the technology of social media meets the biology of our minds? How does this color the public conversation around tackling global challenges like hunger, genetic disease, and climate change? Learn how tech and biology work for and against us in building a better world with biology.

Tuesday, September 29, 8:10am - 8:55am PDT
Followed by a live Q&A

Leaps Talks X SynBioBeta Interactive Keynote

Technology, culture, and forging audacious aims for our future 

A Leaps Talk with George Church, D.A. Wallach & Kira Peikoff

In a time of COVID, climate-induced wildfires, and political division, how do we keep researchers and the public united to tackle humanity’s most pressing problems?? This conversation brings together a synthetic biology pioneer, an iconoclastic artist/entrepreneur, and a science journalist/bioethicist to explore the technological and cultural trends shaping biotechnology today. We’ll explore the most promising biotech tools for future-proofing humanity, how entrepreneurs and start-ups are catalyzing progress, and our obligations to one another in a shared vision for our biological future.

Thursday, October 1, 8:15am - 9:00am PDT
Followed by a live Q&A

Featured Speakers

Meet the featured speakers of the Global Synthetic Biology Conference 2020

Ed Boyden

Professor in  Neurotechnology


Neuroscientist and engineer, winner of $3M Breakthrough Prize, pioneer of optogenetic control of brain activity, inventor of expansion microscopy for mapping the brain.

George Church


Harvard & MIT

Pioneer of genome engineering, systems and synthetic biology, co-founder of 14+ biotech companies, author of 400+ papers, inventor of 60+ patents, author of Regenesis.

Jennifer Holmgrem



CEO of LanzaTech, leader of a revolutionary carbon recycling company, pioneer in aviation biofuels, (co)author of 50 U.S. patents and 30 scientific publications, named one of the most influential leaders in the bioeconomy.

Emily Leproust

CEO & Director

Twist Bioscience

CEO of Twist Bioscience, disruptor gene synthesis industry, enabler of exponential growth of synthetic biology in health, materials, chemicals, and the environment.

Tim Lu

Co-Founder & CEO

Senti Biosciences

Synthetic biology pioneer, biological engineer, serial founder, creator of a platform technology to advance cell and gene therapies that can adapt, sense, and respond to patients’ needs.


Zack Bogue

Co-Managing Partner


Zack Bogue is co-founder & managing partner of DCVC (Data Collective), a venture fund that backs entrepreneurs applying deep tech to transform giant industries. DCVC’s portfolio includes Planet Labs, Tala, Pivot Bio, Primer, Rigetti Computing and Zymergen.


Jennifer doudna

Professor and HHMI Investigator

UC Berkeley

Dr Doudna is currently the Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences and she is Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Christina Smolke

Co-Founder & CEO


Christina is a pioneer in the fields of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. As Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering at Stanford University, her laboratory led the breakthrough research to engineer baker’s yeast to produce valuable plant-based medicines. 

Get Your Membership Today

Join The Fast-growing Bioeconomy

Come learn the latest technologies, hear the big announcements in the field, make new partnerships, meet investors, and discover new companies.

Connect with Thought Leaders

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Get inspired and connected to the thought leaders of the industry. Understand where the industry is going so you can stay ahead.

Connect with Talent

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Get the opportunity to showcase your company with the most talented people in the bioeconomy.

Built with Biology

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Learn how our industry can work together to promote thoughtful policies, meaningful public engagement, equitable outcomes, and a vibrant economy

Smart AI Networking

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Our apps smart AI networking optimizes your networking matches. You will use less time searching and more time to actually connect with the right fit.

Explore Latest Technology

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SynBioBeta puts you at the center of bio-innovation. See the latest technologies unfolding, all in one place.

Live Streaming

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Our virtual event platform brings you the same interactive events you’ve come to know and love, adding features only possible through a digital experience.

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What Our Attendees Say About Us...


“SynBioBeta is the only synthetic biology conference that pays tribute to strong science and also strong business.”

Karl Handelsman Synbiobeta

Karl Handelsman

Roche Venture Fund


“We made several valuable connections, including two potential investors, and a number of future customers.”

Bethan Wolfenden Synbiobeta

Bethan Wolfenden

Founder, Bento Labs


“A conference not to be missed – this is the place for SynBioBeta power users, experts, key opinion leaders, investors, vendors, students and novices.” 

Emily Leproust Synthetic Biology Conference

Emily Leproust

CEO, Twist Bioscience


“SynBioBeta is uniquely focused on startups and entrepreneurs trying to change the world and the challenges we face to get to market.”

Dan Widmaier Synbiobeta

Dan Widmaier

CEO, Bolt Threads

More content than you can ever imagine

What To Expect In Our Virtual Event

Breakout Sessions

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Our interactive breakout session will be 45 minutes and host up to 4 speakers. The SynBioBeta App brings you new and exciting ways of experiencing breakout sessions while interacting with speakers and conferees.


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Get insights and unique perspective from some of today’s leading thinkers and practitioners on pushing the envelope of our field.

Lightning Talks

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Our lightning talks are 4-minute presentations followed by live Q&A, and quickly introduce you to a diverse range of engineers, investors, entrepreneurs, and stakeholders.


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Our live panel discussions feature leading experts in conversation about the big issues impacting our industry and the bioeconomy.


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Get a sneak peek of this year's amazing sessions!


Where will the event be hosted?

ddf The conference will take place on the SynBioBeta platform, available on mobile devices through the App Store and Google Play (search “SynBioBeta”) and through the desktop version.

Will there be an exhibit hall this year?

Yes! We will have an exhibit hall open to visit any time during the event. Exhibit booths will also be advertising times for live demos so make sure you stay up to date!

Will I be able to network with other attendees?

Yes! In fact, networking will be optimized through the use of AI technology. The platform will suggest connections to others based on your own interests in people, sessions, and topics. You can make face-to-face appointments through the platform or connect using the interactive chat.

What time zone will the event be hosted in?

The Global Synthetic Biology Conference will be hosted 8am to 5pm PDT. To accommodate our international attendees in Europe and Asia we will be creating special opportunities to network before the event. 

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