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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.
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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.
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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.
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Applications for the 2021 Startup Showcase are open until September 20

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. Applications to be an iGEM Judge at the 2021 Giant Jamboree are now open. Click here to learn more.
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EPIC Startup Showcase Applications Now Open

September 16, 2021

The annual iGEM EPIC Startup Showcase is back, and we’re now taking applications! This is your chance to pitch your company to investors, compete with fellow biofounders, and win great prizes. If you're a former iGEMer, be it as a participant, a mentor or an advisor, if you are currently running a startup, you're eligible to join.

The deadline for signups is on the 20th of September, 23:59 CEST, so be fast!

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After iGEM WiSTEM Panel: Inspiring girls into STEM - September 25

September 15, 2021

The WiSTEM initiative of After iGEM will host a panel discussion on Zoom, exploring the topic of “Inspiring girls into STEM”. The panel will feature four phenomenal women in STEM who will demonstrate the importance of inspiring more girls into STEM fields. Click here to learn about the talk series

NEW After iGEM Industry Talks Series - Starting September 19

September 15, 2021

Introducing Industry Talks: a series of talks about Industrial Synthetic Biology. This series is oriented toward iGEMers and iGEM alumni who are already established or searching for their first role. This 3 event series will bring together events experts in the industry to participate in a discussion and answer your questions.

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  • September 19: State of the Industry
  • September 26: Promoting your skills
  • October 3: Evolving your career

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