As some of you might know, we just hosted the first of our new speaker series, Minedwell Trailblazers, last night in New York City. WeWork Fulton was generous enough to contribute its facilities so that we could host our first innovator, Suzanne Lee, and a group of local students, designers and technologists interested in the future of Biofabrication, the manufacturing of products utilizing biotechnology and synthetic biology processes. Our intention for developing the Minedwell Trailblazers series was to foster a collaborative discussion between larger organizations, startups and cutting edge futurists on new developments within the sustainability economy. While we are committed to curating novel innovations into our proprietary research database, Minedwell, we also want to provide innovators with a platform that can provide a closer touch-point for connection with like-minded scientists and organizations with the resources needed to accelerate the pace of their discoveries.
Last night Suzanne provided guests with a succinct overview of how her own company, Biocouture, and other biofabrication and biomanufacturing startups that are changing manufacturing’s relationship to resource use in fabricating products that range from consumer packaged goods, to fashion and textiles. Lee led the crowd through the history of Biocouture and her own personal inspiration for exploring how textile manufacturers could shift from resource intensive practices such as agriculturally grown textiles to lab-grown alternatives. Tereza Nemessanyi of Microsoft was also available to facilitate an in-depth discussion of how large enterprise organizations such as Microsoft are beginning to realize the implications of growing innovation ecosystems such as bio-manufacturing, and opportunities for innovators to garner extra support for their labs and startups even when the relationship between the fields may seem remote. To learn more about the way in which distinct fields are merging, and how advancements in synthetic biology are about to change our world, we strongly recommend you attend Suzanne Lee's event, BIOFABRICATE on December 4, 2014. The event will be the world’s first summit dedicated to biofabrication for future industrial and consumer products. You can expect to see and hear a showcase of disruptive technologies enabling design and manufacturing to intersect with the building blocks of life.
Where do we go from here? We’re pleased to announce that based on the engagement level and success of last night’s event, we will soon be producing additional Trailblazers events across the United States. Each event will honor the work of selected innovators in a given field and help to define in greater depth the relationship between the technologies we curate through Minedwell and how they directly impact the relationship between production, resources and supply chain risk. If you are interested in participating, please JOIN THE LIST to be notified when we are coming to your city!