Professor Amy Herr has been named the the inaugural faculty director of the Bakar Fellows Program at UC Berkeley. The program fosters faculty entrepreneurship in the STEM+ fields including Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Architecture, to help professors translate their ground-breaking discoveries into practical solutions and contribute to Berkeley’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Herr was a member of the first class of Bakar Fellows in 2012.
Lygos, a synthetic biology company founded by BioE PhD alumni Jeffrey Dietrich and Eric Steen, was featured in a New York Times article on the resurgence of companies using biology to produce cheap, safe and natural materials for fuel, cosmetics and other goods.
Master of Engineering student Nicholas Engel won the Alumni Innovation Award at this year’s Fall Capstone Expo!
Lygos Biotech, founded by PhD alumni Jeffrey Dietrich and Eric Steen, has raised $13 million in Series A funding to continue their work producing high-value specialty chemicals through synthetic biology. Their process uses domestic sugars instead of petroleum for chemical production, and has already resulted in the world’s first bio-based production of malonic acid.
Professor Amy Herr has been elected a 2016 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. She joins only eleven other Berkeley faculty ever elected. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Congratulations!
For the #1 spot in their annual Top 10 Innovations of the year, The Scientist magazine has chosen Milo, the commercial version of the single-cell Western blot technology invented in Professor Amy Herr’s lab. Originally developed for market by BioE PhD alumna Kelly Gardner for their startup Zephyrus Biosciences, acquired by BioTechne, Gardner now runs commercialization of the product for ProteinSimple.
The CellScope, a cellphone-based microscope from Professor Dan Fletcher’s lab, was featured in the latest issue of the Berkeley Science Review.
Lief Therapeutics has designed a smart patch that helps people manage their stress through heart rate variability biofeedback. Co-founder Billy Frese is a 2015 BioE MEng alum. Check them out on Kickstarter.
A new study from Professor Irina Conboy’s lab found that tissue health and repair dramatically decline in young mice when half of their blood is replaced with blood from old mice. This adds further detail to the complex study of aging and suggest that young blood alone will not reverse the aging process.
Gauss Surgical, a startup formed by MTM alumnus Siddarth Satish, was listed as one of “80+ Companies Reinventing Medicine” by venture analysis group CB Insights.
Check out this great video on the CellScope Loa.
New research from Professor Mohammad Mofrad’s lab shows how gateway proteins can recognize and block aberrant strands of genetic code from exiting the nucleus – a form of quality control for the transport of genetic information.
John Waldeisen, CEO and Co-founder of Diassess, talks with Wired about the diagnostic tech landscape post-Theranos.
This award from the New York Stem Cell Foundation provides Yartsev with support to study the neurobiological basis of language learning in the mammalian brain using an unusual model system: the bat.
Professor Amy Herr has been named to the 2016 power list of Top 50 most influential women in the analytical sciences by The Analytical Scientist. Herr was also named to the Top 100 Most Influential People in the Analytical Sciences in their 2015 Power List.