11 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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    • 5.0, 6 Ratings

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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Be sure you make it to SynBioBeta 2019 this October 1-3! Click here for more information.

    How an artist becomes an investor and advisor to the world’s greatest technology companies - with D.A. Wallach

    How an artist becomes an investor and advisor to the world’s greatest technology companies - with D.A. Wallach

    Today John Cumbers talks with D.A. Wallach, recording artist and emerging tech investor. John will be talking to D.A. about his journey from performing artist to investor in emerging tech, how his unique background informs his investment thesis, and what opportunities he’s most excited about in synthetic biology these days.


     


    D.A. Wallach is a recording artist, songwriter, and investor. While an undergraduate at Harvard, he was discovered by Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. As a solo artist, D.A. is signed by Harvest Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, and he is the former artist-in-residence at Spotify, a company where he was an early investor. Beyond music, D.A. invests in and advises several start-up technology companies, including Synthego, Glypse Bio, Beam Therapeutics, SpaceX, Ripple. Forbes selected D.A. as one of its 30 Under 30, and Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. In 2015, he launched Inevitable Ventures, an investment partnership with multibillionaire Ron Burkle that supports radical entrepreneurs in areas including health care, life sciences, and financial technologies. He is also an advisor to The Dreamers Fund, a partnership with actor Will Smith.


     


    Connect with D.A.: @dawallach


    Connect with John: @johncumbers


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    • 52 min
    How this household name is beating climate change — and making great products - with Tom Dierking of P&G

    How this household name is beating climate change — and making great products - with Tom Dierking of P&G

    Today John Cumbers talks with Tom Dierking, design director of transformational platform technologies at Procter & Gamble. John will be talking to Tom about his passion for transforming the consumer experience, Procter & Gamble’s revolutionary line of water-free products, and where he sees synthetic biology impacting the way that consumer brands do business.


     


    Tom Dierking is the global design director of innovation capability at Procter & Gamble (P&G). He’s a passionate advocate of design and has been driving multidisciplinary innovation for over 20 years. In leading innovation at one of the world’s top brands, Tom’s work touches the lives of millions of us. Tom is especially focused on design-inspired innovation and bringing new experiences to consumers. Tom works with Procter & Gamble’s senior leadership, leveraging design thinking on brands and company strategy initiatives, and delivering design-inspired changes to improve operations across the company.


    Thanks to Procter & Gamble (@ProcterGamble) for making this episode possible.


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    Connect with John: @johncumbers


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    • 38 min
    The Mycelium Revolution: How a mushroom can make food, plastic, and more - with Eben Bayer of Ecovative

    The Mycelium Revolution: How a mushroom can make food, plastic, and more - with Eben Bayer of Ecovative

    For the pictures John and Eben reference check out our website article (https://synbiobeta.com/synbiobeta-podcast-the-mycelium-revolution/)


     


    Today John Cumbers talks with Eben Bayer, CEO and Co-Founder of the biomaterials company Ecovative. He’ll be talking with Eben about:


    Why mycelium is an ideal host not just for biochemical production but also biomaterials structuring.Eben’s conception of “bio adaptation”, and the relationship of synthetic biology to “the good life.”What emerging products and markets he is most excited about these days, be it plastics, plant-based foods, or even the scaffolding for growing organs.

     


    Ecovative is a world-leading biomaterials company that is adapting natural processes to create sustainable materials. Eben has evangelized a strategy of bio-adaptation around the world, including presentations at TED Global, PopTech, and Davos. Ecovative has been recognized as a Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, for its potential impact on climate change by the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, the EPA Environmental Quality Award, and the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for socially responsible design.


     


    Thanks to Ecovative (@ecovative) for making this episode possible.


     


    Connect with Eben: @ebanbayer


    Connect with John: @johncumbers


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    • 47 min
    How to spot a synthetic biology unicorn - with Ali Tamaseb of DCVC

    How to spot a synthetic biology unicorn - with Ali Tamaseb of DCVC

    Today John Cumbers talks with Ali Tamaseb, an investor at the venture firm DCVC. John will be talking to Ali about his technical strategy for finding super-founders, emerging challenges for founders, particularly in synthetic biology, and what emerging market he is most excited about these days.


     


    Ali is an entrepreneur, a previous startup founder, and a highly technical academic researcher. Ali has walked in the shoes of the scientist-turned-entrepreneur, and has first-hand experience with the challenges they face. At DCVC, he works on a broad spectrum of areas ranging from computational health and bio to cybersecurity. Ali received his Biomedical Engineering degree from Imperial College London, and he also graduated from the SIGM program at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He did research in the fields of neuroscience and human-computer interaction. Ali was an honoree of the British Alumni Award, and Imperial College President’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement. His work has been featured in BBC, Guardian, Forbes, The Telegraph, TEDx, and others.


     


    Thanks to DCVC (@DCVC) for making this episode possible.


     


    Connect with Ali: @alitamaseb


    Connect with John: @johncumbers


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    • 33 min
    Building India's synthetic biology industry - with Santanu Dasgupta of RIL

    Building India's synthetic biology industry - with Santanu Dasgupta of RIL

    Today John Cumbers talks with Dr. Santanu Dasgupta, Senior Vice President and Head of Biology at Reliance Industries Limited. John will be talking to Santanu about why algae is a great engineering platform, Reliance’s role in India’s arts, culture, and urban renewal, and the challenges to building the synthetic biology community in India


     


    Santanu has more than 25 years in biotechnology research experience in various leadership roles. He has led many breakthrough global agriculture biotechnology programs, and has contributed to the discovery of numerous plant traits. He’s the author of several peer-reviewed papers and is the inventor of more than twenty US patents in the area of pathogen resistance in plants, drought tolerance, gene expression, and improved algae. Santanu has also contributed papers in over 100 National and international meetings and symposium.


     


    Thanks to Reliance for making this episode possible.


     


    Connect with Santanu: https://in.linkedin.com/in/santanudasgupta


    Connect with John: @johncumbers


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    • 39 min
    The role of creativity and design in biotechnology - with Christina Agapakis of Ginkgo Bioworks

    The role of creativity and design in biotechnology - with Christina Agapakis of Ginkgo Bioworks

    Today John Cumbers talks to Dr. Christina Agapakis, biologist, writer, artist, and Creative Director at Ginkgo Bioworks. John will be talking to Christina about the role of creativity and design in biotechnology, what are Ginkgo’s top aims in terms of technology and its culture, and what kinds of opportunities she is most excited about today.


     


    Christina serves as creative director at Ginkgo Bioworks, an organism design company that is bringing biology to industrial engineering. In that role, she collaborates with engineers, designers, artists, and social scientists to explore the many unexpected connections between microbiology, technology, art, and popular culture. Her graduate work at Harvard focused on producing hydrogen fuel in bacteria and making photosynthetic animals. She has taught designers at the Art Center College of Design and biomolecular engineers at UCLA, and once made cheese using bacteria from the human body. She is a prolific writer on biology, technology, and culture for a number of outlets. She’s also a founding editor of Method Quarterly, a magazine about science in the making.


     


    Thanks to Ginkgo (@ginkgo) for making this episode possible.


     


    Connect with Christina: @thisischristina


    Connect with John: @johncumbers


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    • 41 min

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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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