Knight Matching Fund

International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition

iGEM Foundation

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration.

The Thomas F. Knight Matching Fund

We are delighted to announce the creation of the Thomas F. Knight Matching Fund. Through this fund, contributions made to the iGEM Foundation before the end of the year will be matched dollar for dollar. We invite you to double your impact if you donate by December 31, 2018.


How does it work?

Through the Thomas F. Knight Matching Fund, for every dollar donated to iGEM, the fund pledges to donate another dollar. Your tax-deductible* gift of $25 would become $50, or $100 would become $200!

To make a contribution to iGEM, visit the link below:


We would like to thank Tom Knight for his generous pledge to support iGEM!

Who is Tom Knight?

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Tom Knight is an original founder of iGEM and the field of synthetic biology as we know it. He is the author of the assembly standard 10 (RFC10) which was established as the main assembly standard for iGEM in 2003, and has been used ever since.

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Tom is also a founder of Ginkgo Bioworks. His four co-founders were students in the first iGEM activities in 2003, 2004, and 2006. Read about the history of iGEM and Ginkgo Bioworks here, written by Ginkgo co-founder Barry Canton.

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Tom Knight has been a supporter of iGEM since the beginning. From pioneering synthetic biology, to serving on iGEM's board of directors, and establishing this generous matching fund, iGEM would not be the same program that we all know and love without his ingenuity and generosity.

*iGEM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and donations to iGEM Foundation are tax deductible to the extent provided by current IRS tax laws and regulations. Donations from persons or entities located outside the United States may not be eligible for tax deductions in the United States and elsewhere; in such cases, donors should seek local tax advice.

iGEM Foundation does not seek donations from persons or entities located in any jurisdiction that prohibits or restricts fundraising activities by international charities such as iGEM Foundation or applies gift taxes on donations made to such international charities.