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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.

iGEM’s main program is the iGEM Competition. The iGEM Competition gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of synthetic biology by tackling everyday issues facing the world. About iGEM →

Colored world map of iGEM-participating countries

Our Impact on the World

Building Solutions to
Local and Global Challenges

By working together, students can do amazing things. Learn how iGEMers around the globe are addressing regional and global challenges both inside and outside the lab.
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Champions of
Synthetic Biology

With 40,000+ members, iGEM's international network of academics and industry professionals are building a better world. Learn about our vibrant community of champions.
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Companies with
Roots in iGEM

iGEM is the largest synthetic biology innovation program and a launchpad for the industry's most successful leaders and companies. IGEM projects serve as proofs of concepts and prototypes, contributing to over 150 startups.
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Setting the Standard
in Synthetic Biology

iGEM programs are supported by a panel of industry experts that guide iGEM and set the industry standard for how synthetic biology is performed. Learn more about iGEM Committees and their work in setting the industry standards.
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News & Announcements

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Get ready for iGEM 2021!

March 1, 2021

Thinking of starting an iGEM team in 2021, or know someone who is interested? Take a look at some of the resources we have prepared to help you get started!

  • Navigating iGEM: There are several things you need to consider as you start navigating through the iGEM 2021 season.
  • Start a Team: Who can be on the team? How many supervisors do we need? Where do I start?? Here are some guidelines to help!
  • Funding Basics: Tips and advice on how to request funding and what to consider when making a team budget.

Registration is Coming Soon! Visit the 2021 Competition Website for more information:


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Re-Live iGEM 2020

The 2020 Competition Season is now over. Congratulations to all participants! Click below to browse team projects, results, and videos from 2020.

iGEM 2021

Thinking of joining the iGEM Competition next year? Come join in the fun! Visit the 2021 Competition website for information. (More info coming soon!)

iGEM Video Universe (Beta)

Upload, watch videos, subscribe, comment and like iGEM Videos! See iGEM 2020 Virtual Giant Jamboree, Project Promotion Videos and Presentation Videos on demand.

Registry of Parts

The iGEM Registry of Standard Biological Parts is a growing collection of genetic parts that can be mixed and matched to build synthetic biology devices and systems.