November News from BioMADE

Letter from the CEO

Dear BioMADE Stakeholders, 

I want to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who participated in our first Member Business Meeting earlier this month. Over 250 representatives from 80 member organizations and the U.S. government attended to network with each other, start building project teams, learn about the Transition Technical Roadmap, and hear details about our current Project Call. The engagement that happens at meetings like this is a great reason to be involved as a BioMADE member. We hope to get together in person in 2022 – become a member now to ensure you can attend

I’m also pleased to provide an update on BioMADE’s first project call, which we opened in conjunction with our launch in April. We received 53 white papers and are excited to be working toward launching 12 Technology & Innovation projects with 21 member organizations, and 7 Education & Workforce Development projects with 19 member organizations. More details will be announced about these projects soon! If you missed this project call, don’t worry: we currently have a second call open now for Technology & Innovation and Education & Workforce Development projects. White papers for this project call are due Dec. 21, 2021.  

Lastly, I want to acknowledge the recent passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which directs billions of dollars for roads, bridges, the electric grid, safe water, and more. Bioindustrial manufacturing is poised to play a major role in many aspects of this bill, by providing key raw materials through domestic sourcing. Bioindustrial manufacturing can create new products and capabilities, resulting in a more robust and resilient domestic supply chain. Together with our members, BioMADE will establish technical leadership, expand domestic capacity, and provide key capabilities to ensure biotechnology modernization within the U.S. and lead to the commercialization of biomanufactured products. Your organization can be part of this momentum by becoming a BioMADE member or submitting a proposal to develop a BioMADE Institute Project today.  


Member Spotlight: Solugen

BioMADE member organization Solugen is the world’s first carbon-negative molecule factory, using proprietary engineered enzymes to produce green building materials, clean water, personal care items, high-performance bioplastics, and more.  

With several products already on the market, Solugen is showing that it’s possible to solve a problem many synthetic biology companies struggle with: scaling-up from lab scale to industrial scale while remaining cost-competitive.  

“Companies used to have to make the choice between high-efficiency cheap chemicals, or green chemicals that required a premium. Solugen has changed the paradigm by creating carbon-negative products that are non-toxic and perform better than the alternatives,” said Scott Robertson, Director of Government Commercialization at Solugen. “We’re a shining example that this fundamental compromise that we’ve been dealing with since the industrial revolution is no longer true.”   

The chemicals industry is the third-largest contributor to global carbon emissions. By harnessing the power of enzymes to make unique molecules that would traditionally rely on petrochemistry, Solugen is working to reach its significant environment goals, including removing the CO2 equivalent of taking two million cars off the road. 

“Our technology is flexible enough to custom-make enzymes that can address up to 90% of specialty chemicals worldwide,” added Robertson. “We have the ability to target exactly what we want to make, and to make a lot of it, all in a cost-advantage way.”  

For a long time, there’s been a hypothetical promise around synthetic biology disrupting markets. With a process that is simpler, less intense, and lower risk – but with higher margins – Solugen is now proving it. By making scalable synthetic biology a reality, Solugen is bringing high-performing, cost-competitive, and carbon-negative products to the entire country.  

Solugen became a BioMADE member in order to plug into the bioindustrial manufacturing ecosystem and help small companies who have promising small-scale ideas grow. They’re looking forward to seeing BioMADE and its members push the industry forward and help bioindustrial manufacturing reach its full potential.  

“The reality is, the American manufacturing renaissance is going to be bio-based,” concluded Robertson.  

Learn more about how your organization can join Solugen in becoming a BioMADE member here.

Reminder: Project Call Now Open

 BioMADE is now accepting White Paper submissions for projects that contribute to building a sustainable, domestic, end-to-end bioindustrial manufacturing ecosystem. Projects that enable domestic bioindustrial manufacturing, develop technologies to enhance U.S. bioindustrial competitiveness, de-risk investment in relevant infrastructure, and expand the biomanufacturing workforce to realize the economic promise of industrial biotechnology will be considered. White Papers are due Dec. 21, 2021. Click here for more information about both the Technology & Innovation and Education & Workforce Development Project Call.

Careers at BioMADE

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Events and Opportunities

Request for Information: National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing 

The Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently requesting input on the development of a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. Through this RFI, OSTP seeks input on ways to improve government coordination and on long-term guidance for Federal programs and activities in support of United States manufacturing competitiveness, including advanced manufacturing research and development that will create jobs, grow the economy across multiple industrial sectors, strengthen national security, enhance sustainability, contribute to climate change challenges, and improve health care. BioMADE will be coordinating a response from our members – stay tuned! 

Welcome BioMADE Members! 

Nearly ninety organizations have signed on as BioMADE members – learn how your organization can join them and be part of the bioindustrial revolution here! We’re pleased to welcome the following members, including those in blue, who joined since our last newsletter: 

Agri-Tech Producers
Aperiam Bio
Aralez Bio
Cambium Biomaterials
Capra Biosciences
Catalog DNA
Cemvita Factory
Curie Co.
Desert King International
Dupla Bio
Foothold Labs

General Probiotics, Inc.
Genome Insights
Ginkgo Bioworks

Industrial Microbes
Kalion, Inc.
Lattice Automation
Ligatrap Technologies
Lockheed Martin
Pure Biomass
Scientific Bioprocessing
Signature Science
STEM Connector
Superbrewed Food 
Technology Holding
Twist Bioscience
Academia and Nonprofit:
Albany State University
American River College
Bay Area Bioscience Education Community
BioBuilder Educational Foundation
BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute 
Boston University

California Biomanufacturing Center
Contra Costa College
Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance
Delgado Community College
Georgia Tech
Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute
InnovATEBIO at Austin Community College
International Academy of Automation Engineering
Iowa State University, CBiRC
Johns Hopkins University 
Johnston Community College
Laney College 
Los Angeles Pierce College
Montgomery County Community College
National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce at Forsyth Tech
National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
North Carolina State University
North Dakota State University
Northwestern University
Rice University
Shoreline Community College
Skyline College

Solano Community College
South Central College
University of Akron
University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis
University of Delaware
University of Georgia
University of Hawai’i – Hilo
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of North Carolina Greensboro

University of Texas at Austin
Waubonsee Community College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester Public Schools