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International Genetically Engineered Machine

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 →

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



Congratulations to ALL participants of iGEM 2020!

November 22, 2020

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2020 season of the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition. The Competition is now over. The Official Competition Results Are Out Now. See the official 2020 Competition Wrap-up: 2020.igem.org

See also: 2020 Results Announcement Press Release

Blog & Digest

Community: The 2nd of a 4-part series on iGEM 2021

by iGEM HQ

Community, the second of the 4C’s, lies at the heart of iGEM. Although we come from different backgrounds and geographical locations, embrace different cultural identities and have different perspectives, we all share something in common – we are all excited about synthetic biology. Read more

Competition: The first of a 4-part series on iGEM 2021

by iGEM HQ

Here we are in the future, and iGEM 2021 promises to be bright as ever. This year, we will again embrace the 4 C’s of iGEM – Competition, Community, Contribution and Celebration – as we welcome returning and new iGEMers to the 2021 season. Read more

Thank you for an exceptional iGEM 2020!

by iGEM HQ

Amidst all the challenges of this exceptional year, there have been silver linings – a rejuvenated sense of community, new ways of connecting and learning, and the largest-scale global experiment in reimagining iGEM at all levels. Read more

Welcome to the iGEM Video Universe

by Nemanja Stijepovic and Fabio Maschi

The iGEM Video Universe is a decisive milestone in creating the future iGEM. For the first time, it is possible to watch (or even binge-watch) the Project Promotion Videos and Presentation Videos from every team participating in the iGEM competition, as well as Keynotes, Workshops, and Interviews from the iGEM 2020 season and Virtual Giant Jamboree. Read more

Black Lives Matter

If you have something you want to discuss with iGEM HQ relating to racism, diversity, or inclusion in iGEM, or you have an idea that you would like us to explore, we welcome you to please submit your thoughts through this anonymous feedback form.

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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! We will use the iGEM Video Universe (Beta) during the Virtual Giant Jamboree for hosting Project Promotion Videos and Presentation Videos.

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.