For using clean, cheap electrons to build the future, I think electrochemistry and synbio will be really important.
I knew a little about electrochemistry startups and trends, but almost nothing about synbio. So I immersed myself at the BuiltWithBio conference in Oakland.
Here are four short takeaways.
📉 Falling costs to read and write DNA
🎛 Control over material properties vs existing materials/foods
⚙️ Tooling is improving iteration speed
📈 Fermentation capacity is a big bottleneck
Before we dive in to these, first a little context. I had been sleeping on the potential of synbio to produce valuable chemicals, foods and other products from clean inputs. But these pathways enable so many products categories that can be far better than what we have today.
I’m interested mostly in chemical and food applications, but synbio goes way beyond that. As per Drew Endy, one of the leading thinkers, academics and advisors in the