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2001 - Austin Che

Austin has been working with his 10-person team for the past year and half to develop tools that make engineering biological systems easier.  He started his company, Gingko BioWorks, with four fellow MIT alums by raising money from customers.  Ginkgo offers technology to speed the construction of DNA and enable reliable, rapid prototyping of engineered biological systems—systems which will revolutionize the provision of food, medicine, energy, and materials.

Currently, Ginkgo BioWorks is developing next-generation DNA assembly technology for ITI Life Sciences, prototyping a novel route to the production of a key chemical compound, and helping a large chemical company develop their strategy in the synthetic biology industrial/technology space.

Prior to founding Gingko BioWorks, Austin worked on synthetic biology for several years at MIT, focusing on engineering Ribonucleic acid (RNA), a cellular component, to perform logical functions.  Austin was also an Advisor for MIT’s International Genetically Engineered Machine competition, where his team engineered E. coli to emit pleasant scents, like banana or wintergreen.

Austin has degrees in Computer Science and Psychology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT in Synthetic Biology.