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2024-07-02| Asia-Pacific

Nucleate Taiwan Bridging Academia and Industry in the Field of Synbio

by Denisse Sandoval
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Distinguished panel members from left to right: Andy Chang, Advanced Genomics APAC, Charley Lu, Panlabs Biologics, Rouyu Wu, Dao Foods International, Lance Chang, Trade Wind Biotech, and John Cumbers, SynBioBeta. Image Source: Nucleate Taiwan

Nucleate Taiwan hosted a high-impact event highlighting the rapidly expanding field of synthetic biology (synbio) and its professional opportunities. The event was tailored to accommodate aspiring professionals and industry specialists, promising direct insights stemming from the synbio community. 

Nucleate is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to promoting innovation and collaboration in the biotech sector. Nucleate’s Asia Pacific associate chapter, Nucleate Taiwan, bridges the gap between academia and industry by providing resources, networking opportunities, and support for emerging biotech startups. Through the hosting of events and workshops, Nucleate Taiwan nurtures the next generation of biotechnology innovators and positions Taiwan as a global industry leader.

Panel Discussion Highlights with SynBioBeta CEO, Dr. John Cumbers 

Participants engaged in opportunities throughout the synbio field. The event catered to a wide range of attendees: students, early-career professionals, and industry experts. Discussions focused on the latest trends and advancements in synbio, offering a deeper understanding of how innovations drive progress in distinct areas.

Attendees further explored the field during a panel discussion with executives from leading companies. The highlight was a keynote dialogue with Dr. John Cumbers, Founder and CEO of SynBioBeta, Inc., the world’s leading synthetic biology community. Additionally, Trade Wind Biotech Inc., Panlabs Biologics Co., Ltd., Dao Foods International, and Advance Genomics APAC Co., Ltd. supported the session. These companies are renowned for their innovations in advanced therapeutics and sustainable bioengineering.

Insights from SynBioBeta Founder and CEO, Dr. John Cumbers

The event featured Dr. John Cumbers, Founder and CEO of SynBioBeta, Inc., a community promoting a global network of entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists dedicated to synbio innovation. During his presentation, Dr. Cumbers offered insights on synbio and its transformative journey. He demonstrated how synbio is reshaping industries, from healthcare all the way to agriculture, allowing attendees to gain a deeper understanding of synbio and the promising pathways it opens for the future. 

Additionally, Dr. Cumbers also provided valuable information as to how he landed his first job at the prestigious NASA agency. He emphasized the importance of not being afraid to take initiative and reach out to potential employers. He expressed that by proactively contacting people and demonstrating his qualifications, he was able to secure a life changing opportunity. Through Dr. Cumbers’ experience, attendees were able to learn that proactive engagement is crucial to secure desirable goals. 

John Cumbers delivers an insightful presentation on the importance of synthetic biology and its transformative potential.

John Cumbers delivers an insightful presentation on the importance of synthetic biology and its transformative potential.

Emerging Companies in Taiwan’s Biotechnology Industry

Lance Chang, CEO of Trade Wind Biotech Inc., shared insights on the company’s most recent projects in synthetic biology. The company’s research and development of novel treatments, aims to create sustainable solutions to improve patient outcomes. The company is actively developing bioengineered solutions through bio-based materials for industrial applications as an eco-friendly alternative. 

Charley Lu, Managing Director of Panlabs Biologics Co., Ltd., showcased insights of his business strategies driving success in the synbio market. Panlabs Biologics specializes in the innovation of therapeutics and diagnostic tools for the improvement of healthcare. Lu enhanced the significance of strategic planning and investment in research and development to stay ahead in the sector of synbio.

Rouyu Wu, Director of Investment and Innovation at Dao Foods International talked about the importance of investment in promoting synbio startups and innovations. Dao Food International is responsible for the use of synthetic biology to create sustainable food solutions in the alternative protein market. Wu explored the company’s investment strategies and expressed their support of current advancements, highlighting their potential to revolutionize the food industry.

Andy Chang, Chairman and Managing Director of Advance Genomics APAC Co., Ltd., outlined the latest breakthroughs in genomics from the company’s ongoing research. Advanced Genomics APAC, a subsidiary of Nonacus Ltd., is renowned for its expertise in non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Dr. Chang emphasized the company’s commitment to enhancing accessibility to their technologies, especially in regions with limited access to such medical diagnostics.

Nucleate Taiwan’s event played a pivotal role in showcasing the potential opportunities in synthetic biology. Ongoing advancements in synbio are set to revolutionize industries and shape the future, offering sustainable and efficient alternatives for global challenges.

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