17 episodes

Welcome to The SynBioBeta Podcast: Conversations with synthetic biology’s leading thinkers on building a better world with biology. Hosted by John Cumbers, founder and CEO of SynBioBeta, where tech meets bio and bio meets tech.


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The SynBioBeta Podcast John Cumbers

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Welcome to The SynBioBeta Podcast: Conversations with synthetic biology’s leading thinkers on building a better world with biology. Hosted by John Cumbers, founder and CEO of SynBioBeta, where tech meets bio and bio meets tech.


Stay updated on the latest news in synthetic biology, check out our weekly newsletter and follow us on social media:


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    What Will Our Technology Future Look Like? Star Trek vs Star Wars

    What Will Our Technology Future Look Like? Star Trek vs Star Wars

    Today John Cumbers talks with Matt Ocko, co-founder and co-Managing Partner of the silicon valley deep tech venture fund DCVC. The topics for today are the different visions of the Star Trek and Star Wars future economies, the utopic versus the dystopic; how he evaluates a company in the context of these sci-fi classics; and why he has decided to invest in Deep Tech and what opportunities are emerging in synthetic biology.


    Matt has over three decades of experience in the Deep Tech space, including computational and synthetic biology. Along with his investment work at DCVC, Matt holds upwards of 50 approved or pending patents. He also has a deep knowledge of China and the intellectual property environment there. He worked pro-bono with his Dad for 20 years to help develop China’s venture capital and technology regulatory frameworks. And somehow, he still finds time to build robots with his kids.


    Connect with Matt: @mattocko


    Connect with John: @johncumbers


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    • 52 min
    How nature co-design is changing the narrative - with Massimo Portincaso

    How nature co-design is changing the narrative - with Massimo Portincaso

    Today John Cumbers talks with Massimo Portincaso, managing director and partner at BCG. John will be talking to Massimo about what nature co-design, how we're shifting from global supply chains to global value chains, what distributed biological manufacturing is, and more..


    Massimo Portincaso co-leads the Deep Tech Mission, BCG’s unit focused on the deep tech approach to innovation, emerging technologies, and the new rules of engagement for all actors in the innovation space. He is also the Chairman of Hello Tomorrow, an organization dedicated to unlocking the power of deep tech to solve the toughest global challenges.


    You can keep up with Massimo through his newsletter, The Antidisciplinarian, which covers happenings at the intersection of matter, computation, sensing, creativity, and ethics.


    Connect with John: @johncumbers


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    • 39 min
    Where brands and biology meet - with Karl Schmieder

    Where brands and biology meet - with Karl Schmieder

    Today John Cumbers talks with Karl Schmieder the founder of messagingLAB, a strategy and consulting firm that helps biotechnology and synthetic biology companies create and execute strategies to drive the industry forward.


    Connect with Karl: @karlschmieder


    Connect with John: @johncumbers


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    Be sure you make it to SynBioBeta Brand and Biology event December 2nd & 3rd! Click here for more information.

    • 30 min
    Does eating animals cause pandemics? - with Ryan Bethencourt of Wild Earth

    Does eating animals cause pandemics? - with Ryan Bethencourt of Wild Earth

    Today John Cumbers talks with Ryan Bethencourt, founder and CEO of Wild Earth. John will be talking to Ryan about the state of COVID and questions like "Does eating animals cause pandemics?"


    Recorded live on: March 15th, 2020


    To watch the video component: https://www.facebook.com/SynBioBeta/videos/199598178035525/


    Connect with Ryan: @RyanBethencourt


    Connect with John: @johncumbers


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    Be sure you make it to SynBioBeta 2020 this September 29 - October 1! Click here for more information.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    How DNA synthesis is powering the fourth manufacturing revolution - with Emily Leproust

    How DNA synthesis is powering the fourth manufacturing revolution - with Emily Leproust

    Today John Cumbers talks with Emily Leproust, Entrepreneur and CEO of Twist Bioscience. John will be talking to Emily about why she founded Twist, the many industries that will be disrupted by DNA technology, and how Twist is building a company culture for growth diversity and excellence.


    Emily is the co founder and the CEO of Twist Bioscience, an early pioneer in high throughput synthesis and sequencing of DNA. Emily is disrupting the process of gene synthesis to enable the exponential growth of synthetic biology applications in many fields, including medicine, DNA, data storage, agriculture biology, and industrial chemicals.


     


    Connect with Emily.: @EmilyLeproust


    Connect with John: @johncumbers


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    Be sure you make it to SynBioBeta 2020 this September 29 - October 1! Click here for more information.

    • 58 min
    How protein engineering is the killer app for biology - with John Nichols

    How protein engineering is the killer app for biology - with John Nichols

    Today John Cumbers talks with John Nicols, President and CEO of Codexis, a leading protein engineering company here in Silicon Valley. I’ll be talking with John about “How protein engineering is the killer app for biology.” Specifically, I’ll talk with John about the amazing pedigree and origins of Codexis, how companies like Codexis are changing the way the biopharma industry does business, and John’s vision for how protein engineering is going to impact our daily lives.






    Connect with John: @johncumbers


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    Be sure you make it to SynBioBeta 2020 this September 29 - October 1! Click here for more information.

    • 1 hr 14 min

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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Worth It

John is a fascinating guy with a talent for evoking fascinating things out of his guests. I never quite realized how big a deal synthetic biology is. Podcast is still new but the first three episodes are great. looking forward to more.

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