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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.

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Build a Better World with iGEM

The 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. This is done by fostering an open, cooperative community and friendly competition.
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The Premiere International Synthetic Biology Competition

The iGEM Competition is an annual, world wide synthetic biology event that gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of synthetic biology by tackling everyday issues facing the world. See the 2021 iGEM Competition Results!
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What would you Design with Biology?

iGEM's new Design League is a new iGEM competition designed to kickstart your journey in synthetic biology. See the 2021 iGEM Design League Results!
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World Class Biosafety and Biosecurity

iGEM is unique in our comprehensive and thorough approach to synthetic biology. With our world class safety and security program, we lead the field by fostering an environment of mindful and responsible work.
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Connected Worldwide Community

The After iGEM Program connects everyone who has gone through the iGEM Competition since its inception in 2004. After iGEM is a way to continue to make an impact on the world. You are the leaders of the field -- and we want to help you succeed.
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Synbio Entrepreneurship

iGEM's Entrepreneurship Program (EPIC) supports the development of iGEMs entrepreneurial community through a range of activities globally including the Venture Creation Labs, Mentorship Program, Fast Track Program and the Annual Startup Showcase. Meet the winners of the 2021 Startup Showcase.
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The Global Synbio Event of the Year

The iGEM Giant Jamboree is an annual event showcasing the projects of 370+ multidisciplinary local teams solving local problems, all over the world, using synthetic biology. The 7,000 person event brings together the pioneers of the future for the finale of the iGEM Competition.
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Join the iGEM Engineering Committee in 2022!

January 10, 2022

The iGEM Engineering Committee is organizing for the 2022 season and looking for volunteers. The mission of the Engineering Committee is to:

  • Educate iGEM teams on good synthetic biology engineering practices
  • Establish, disseminate and promote the use of widely accessible measurement and calibration protocols and standards
  • Cultivate community development of biological devices with well-understood and predictable behavior

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.


iGEM 2021 Certificates Available for Download

January 6, 2022

Participation certificates for the 2021 iGEM Competition are now available for download online. Note: You must log in, and be an approved team member listed on an official team roster to generate a certificate. Please contact hq [AT] igem [DOT] org with any questions.

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