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SBC@MIT Technical Workshop Series

May 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

As part of the SBC Technical Workshop Series, we would like to invite you to join us for this outstanding lecture by Peter Nguyen.

Freeze-Dried Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology uses living cells as molecular foundries for the biosynthesis of drugs, therapeutic proteins, and other commodities. However, the need for specialized equipment and refrigeration for production and distribution poses a challenge for the delivery of these technologies to the field and to low-resource areas. The Collins Lab has developed a portable platform that provides the means for on-site, on-demand manufacturing of therapeutics and biomolecules. This flexible system is based on reaction pellets composed of freeze-dried, cell-free transcription and translation machinery, which can be easily hydrated and utilized for biosynthesis through the addition of DNA encoding the desired output. This platform has been demonstrated through the manufacture and functional validation of antimicrobial peptides and vaccines, and present combinatorial methods for the production of antibody-conjugates and small molecules. This synthetic biology platform resolves important practical limitations in the production and distribution of therapeutics and molecular tools, both to the developed and developing world.

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May 18, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


500 Tech sq
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States