Timeline

International Genetically Engineered Machine

2003

The origin of iGEM

A month-long course during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP)

Students designed biological systems to make cells blink.

Austin Che’s - Registry goes live

The iGEM Summer competition is introduced!

Originally called SBC - Synthetic Biology Competition

Human Practices begins at iGEM

5

Teams

50

Parts Submitted

1

Country

Polka Dorks:
Teams designed devices to make cellular patterns

Becomes a true international competition

with Cambridge, ETH Zurich, and Toronto participating

13

Teams

125

Parts Submitted

4

Country

iGEM HQ hires its first employee

Wikis are introduced

32

Teams

724

Parts Submitted

14

Countries

First robot to do automated assembly at HQ

First Jamboree that needed parallel sessions

The Registry implements quality control program

First iGEM Team Video

Medals are introduced to the competition

54

Teams

800

Parts Submitted

19

Countries

Sponsors help support iGEM

Safety considerations are formalized in the team projects

88

Teams

1387

Parts Submitted

23

Countries

Environment
Food & Energy
Foundational Advance
Health & Medicine
Manufacturing
New Application
Software Tools

Tracks are officially introduced to help give teams a focus for their project

Cambridge team develops E.chromi

One new Track is introduced:

Information Processing

iGEM makes the cover of Nature

(December issue)

113

Teams

1348

Parts Submitted

24

Countries

Introduced pSB1C3

as the shipping backbone for all Part submissions

128


Teams

1863


Parts Submitted

26


Countries

High School Division is introduced!

Exceeded the capacity of MIT

Regional Jamborees are introduced!

Teams compete in their Region before a selection of those teams advance to the World Championship!

World Championship held at MIT

The iGEM Foundation

iGEM graduates from MIT and becomes an independent nonprofit organization

165

Teams

1355

Parts Submitted

24

Countries

190

Teams

1708

Parts Submitted

34

Countries

Team Colombia hosts a forum between the Colombian government and local scientists

Team Groningen develops a spoiling-meat biosensor

The iGEM Foundation leaves MIT

and finds a new home at One Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA

5 Regional Jamborees

Team Tokyo Tech develops a Romeo and Juliet to represent cell to cell comunication

Official 501(c)3 status attained

215

Teams

1700

Parts Submitted

33

Countries

Competition sections are introduced - Overgrad and Undergrad

Team Imperial College develops Plasticity engineered bacteria to turn non-recyclable waste into bioplastic

The first Giant Jamboree

is held in Boston, eliminating the Regional Jamborees.
All participants are once again invited to participate in one grand event!

Five new tracks are introduced:

Art & Design
Community Labs
Measurement
Microfluidics
Policy & Practices

Team Heidelberg introduced The Ring of Fire, a method of heat stabilization of proteins by circularization

Chairman's Award is introduced Team Sumbawagen becomes the first winner

Team NCTU Formosa worked on Operation Debug, to attract and trap harmful insects using their own pheromones

245

Teams

1981

Parts Submitted

34

Countries

Food & Energy is broken into two separate Tracks:

Team UC Davis created an Enzyme Based Electrochemical Biosensor Developed for Olive Oil Quality Control

With 2300 participants, the 2014 Giant Jamboree was the largest gathering of synthetic biologists to date

The High School Division

is combined with the main collegiate division and all high school teams participate at the Giant Jamboree

Special Gallery Exhibition Space is given to teams to showcase their Hardware, Art & Design and Software projects

The iGEM Diversity committee is formed

Team TAS Taipei developed To Granzyme B or Not to Granzyme B: Protecting Extracellular Matrix Proteins

First Career fair connects iGEMers with potential employers

Team BGU Israel worked on The Boomerang system – engineering logic gate genetic device for detection and treatment of cancer

280

Teams

2500

Parts Submitted

38

Countries

Microfluidics track is replaced by the new Hardware track

Team William and Mary developed the Measurement of Promoter-Based Transcriptional Noise for Application in Gene Network Design

Over 2,700 attendees joined us the Giant Jamboree

300

Teams

2449

Parts Submitted

42


Countries

Community Labs Track becomes a team type

Two new special prizes are introduced:

Best Hardware and Best Advancement in Plant Synthetic Biology

Team LMU TUM Munich created biotINK, a project that focused on using 3D printing to make tissues

The Health & Medicine Track is split into two new tracks, Therapeutics and Diagnostics

HQ Representative Program is introduced as a way to better connect teams with staff members of iGEM HQ!

Team Imperial introduced E.colibrium, a framework for engineering synthetic biology co-cultures

Team HSiTaiwan worked on Herb Tasters, a biosensor used to dectect toxins in Chinese herbs and medicines

After iGEM program launches to support our international network of 30,000+ academics and industry professionals beyond the competition!

310

Teams

2618

Parts Submitted

44

Countries

Foundational Advance is the noteworthy track of the year, selected by all three finalist undergraduate teams

218 teams from 35 countries participated in the fourth international InterLaboratory Measurement Study!

AshesiGhana and Georgia State both win the Chairman's Award

Team TAS Taipei focused on nanoparticle removal from wastewater systems with their NANOTRAP project

Team TUDelft developed a device enabling farmers to test a cow on-site for infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Team Vilnius-Lithuania created SynORI, a framework which allows scientists to build a multi-plasmid system in a standardized manner

The First After iGEM Summit was held after the Giant Jamboree, gathering iGEMers in career development workshops and talks

Team Valencia UPV created Printeria an intuitive, affordable bioengineering device that opens the field of synthetic biology to artists, educators and others.

2018 Team Technical Highlights

340

Teams

3000

Parts Submitted

40

Countries

Team GreatBay engineering mCATNIP, the active ingredient in Catnip, useful for compassionate control of stray and feral cat populations

OLS Canmore Canada won the Chairman’s Award by working on the question of disabilities and making the lab space more inclusive

Team Marburg developed a toolbox to engineer Vibrio natriegens, the world’s fastest growing bacterium

The first edition of the iGEM Digest is published; collecting stories from iGEMers all around the world

Type IIS

iGEM officially supports Type IIS compatible parts

352

Teams

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Parts Submitted

45

Countries

Teams no longer submit samples to the Registry, thanks to DNA synthesis by iGEM partners

Team EPFL develop ViTest, enabling farmers to detect plant diseases causing environmental and economic damage across Europe

Team UCopenhagen win iGEMers Prize for Ovulaid, a hormone-sensing chewing gum empowering women to detect their fertile window

Team GreatBay SZ create SPIDERMAN (SPIDroin EngineeRing with chroMoprotein And Natural dye) for biosynthesis of colored spider silk

The iGEM from above photo becomes a video!

2019 Technical Overview

Team NCKU Tainan engineer CreSense and CreSolve to measure and reduce p-Cresol in patients with chronic kidney disease