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Founder and CEO of Elemental Machines joins more than 60 other industry leaders to discuss the responsible growth of synthetic biology

 

CAMBRIDGE, MA, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017Elemental Machines’ founder and CEO Sridhar Iyengar has been selected to speak at SynBioBeta SF 2017, the annual conference bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, and practitioners to drive the synthetic biology industry forward. Other speakers at the industry’s premier event include genetics pioneer George Church, computing entrepreneur and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, and James Collins, one of the founders of synthetic biology.

“We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s conference, which comes at a crucial moment for the synthetic biology industry as a whole,” said SynBioBeta founder and CEO John Cumbers. “In just the last ten years, the pace of innovation has increased dramatically, and the impact of the intersection of synthetic biology and the Internet of Things, what I call ‘Bi-oT,’ is beginning to be felt in all industries. At SynBioBeta SF 2017, we will take stock of where we are today, and explore the various ways Bi-oT will shape the future.”

Key themes of the conference this year include biomaterials and consumer products, cell factories for biopharmaceuticals, big data and artificial intelligence meet biology, and innovations for ocean sustainability. Talks and panels will discuss the future of DNA synthesis, why protein is the killer app, investment opportunities throughout the industry and why all companies need to be thinking about a Bio-Strategy in order to be able to compete.

Iyengar’s session, titled “Computation and Synthetic Biology,” is taking place on October 3 from 2:45 – 3:40pm PT and will focus on how Big Data techniques are being applied to critical problems within synthetic biology. Other participants in the session include: Elliot Menschik of AWS, Michael Fero, Co-Founder and CEO of TeselaGen, Laura Adams, co-founder of ebio·ome, Joyce Yang, Scientist at Synthego, and Abraham Heiferts, CEO of Atomwise.

“Technology is rapidly accelerating the development of synthetic biology and other innovations that benefit humanity, and SynBioBeta is a cutting-edge event that shines a spotlight on the community during this very pivotal time,” said Iyengar. “It’s a pleasure to discuss the future of synthetic biology and explore how technology can support the industry.”

SynBioBeta takes place from October 3-5 at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.synbiobeta.com.

About Elemental Machines

Elemental Machines is revolutionizing science-based industries with powerful insights that help customers transform laboratory operations, research and development processes, and manufacturing outcomes. The Elemental Machines Sensory Network™ monitors and analyzes critical laboratory and production equipment, as well as invisible environmental variables, to provide new levels of clarity, transparency and consistency, and improve repeatability. For more information, visit http://elementalmachines.io.

About SynBioBeta

SynBioBeta is the leading community of entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers and enthusiasts devoted to the responsible growth of the synthetic biology field. They host international synthetic biology conferences and events that bring the entire community together several times each year, giving anyone the opportunity to meet with the bright minds building and shaping the bio economy.

 

SynBioBeta 2017 | Glimmers of Hope

SynBioBeta is an annual conference — now in its sixth year — that brings together experts and innovators in synthetic biology, ranging from academia to entrepreneurs to industry. In addition to being a great place to cross paths with dear friends from previous chapters of my career and hear from luminaries like George Church, what is always most striking to me is the intellectual horsepower in this industry that is being applied to humanity’s biggest challenges — from sustainably feeding, clothing and accommodating a growing global population to improving human health.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly | Lab Monitoring Survey Results

People love surveys, and we’re no exception. After all, data from a pool of respondents on an interesting topic lets you pattern match to see if your profile matches your cohort. So, being the curious types that we are, Elemental Machines conducted a survey of lab managers and other science professionals to:

  • Learn more about their experiences and monitoring priorities,
  • Understand how they think about strategic uses of the data, and
  • Know what they do with the data and where they store it.

Here’s what we found.

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Cambridge, Mass., September 15, 2017Elemental Machines today announced the Elemental Machines Sensory Network™ won the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC)’s annual Leadership Awards for Innovative Technology of the Year: Internet of Things. Now in its 20th year, the MassTLC Leadership Awards recognize the best and brightest from the Massachusetts technology ecosystem.

The Innovative Technology of the Year: Internet of Things category honors products that have had a significant impact on business process, customer service, and product development. The Elemental Machines Sensory Network is a Smart Lab suite specifically designed to increase experimental repeatability in life sciences and other science-based industries. The system includes Elements, intelligent, wireless sensor devices, and the Elemental Insights dashboard software. The system monitors critical lab equipment and ambient factors (temperature, humidity, air pressure, and light), providing data-driven insights that customers use to improve operations and reproducibility.

“We’re honored to win MassTLC’s flagship award in such an exciting category,” said Sridhar Iyengar, PhD, CEO and Founder of Elemental Machines. “This recognition validates the emergence of the Smart Lab segment of the IoT market, a place where technology can truly accelerate development of life-saving therapies and other innovations that benefit humanity. As Massachusetts is a leader in both technology and life sciences innovation, this award is doubly meaningful to us.”

“I am still humbled after 20 years of recognizing the leaders and innovators that make up the Massachusetts tech sector,” said MassTLC CEO Tom Hopcroft. “We celebrate the dedication and accomplishments of Elemental Machines as a model for those who follow in their footsteps. The importance of these contributions cannot be overstated as they are shaping our future in real time.”

Winners were selected from hundreds of nominations, as judged by panels of industry leaders in each of the 14 categories, and announced during the MassTLC Leadership Awards Gala on September 14 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. A complete list of winners is available here.

About Elemental Machines

Elemental Machines is revolutionizing science-based industries with powerful insights that help customers transform laboratory operations, research and development processes, and manufacturing outcomes. The Elemental Machines Sensory Network™ monitors and analyzes critical laboratory and production equipment, as well as invisible environmental variables, to provide new levels of clarity, transparency and consistency, and improve repeatability. For more information, visit http://elementalmachines.io.

What do the IoT and R&D Labs Have in Common? Not Much. Yet.

The IoT — Internet of Things — is an omnipresent part of our lives, supporting everyday tasks across home, work, fitness and more. Distributed sensors, wireless networking and cloud computing enable us to control lights, monitor security systems, and manage entertainment and HVAC systems, all from our smart phones. In our work lives, smart building technologies sense how many people are in a conference room and automatically adjust lower the thermostat set point, dim smart windows to block out sunlight, and more. Along the way, these systems are gathering and using critical data that can be analyzed to optimize the systems and provide users with valuable insights.

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Checklist: Smart Lab Solutions

We work with a variety of teams and see Smart Lab projects that run the gamut from simple equipment monitoring to sophisticated analysis of multiple data streams. Equipment and lab monitoring gives teams visibility into operational issues and ambient conditions to ensure that everything is operating as expected, while Smart Lab technologies can also help teams understand the other factors that often contribute to repeatability in their work.

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Lab Roulette or Comprehensive Monitoring? Easy Bet.

Imagine showing up to work on Monday morning only to find that all of your work for the last year has been erased by a malfunctioning freezer. Now, imagine that you had also started monitoring some equipment in your lab, but had decided that the malfunctioning freezer wasn’t quite important enough to justify the expense of monitoring it. That would be a painful moment.

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Beyond the Buzz: The Promise of the IoLT and Smart Lab

The IoT – Internet of Things — has become an accepted part of our daily lives. Distributed sensors, wireless networking and cloud computing enable us to control lights and HVAC systems from our smart phones, either from home or from a hotel room while on a business trip. More recently for scientific professionals the same IoT technology stack applied to the lab has spawned the concept of the IoLT – the Internet of Lab Things – and just as the IoT enables the Smart Home, the IoLT enables the enables the Smart Lab.

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