Hear a nice chat with Bethan on the Science Disrupt Podcast, which has also featured Tom Baden and Andre Chagas!
Gemma & Lawrence who run the Science Disrupt project also reported in their weekly memo “We took part in a workshop at the Royal Society to identify great examples of collaboration within science. Our focus was on open source lab-tech and the interactions between makers/hackers and researchers.” Great to hear the word is getting out there!
EPISODE 46: Side Project to Startup
This episode we chatted to Bethan Wolfenden, the co-founder of Bento Bioworks, a biotech startup that has created a ‘laptop size laboratory’. This kit allows the user to perform simple DNA analysis and dramatically reduces the cost of the components you’d need to analyse samples, thus lowering the barrier to entry for molecular biology.
This episode is a very candid discussion about founding the company, as we cover the difficult decision to move on from a PhD to develop Bento.Bio and the challenges of crowdfunding the product (of which they had a successful KickStarter campaign).
We also meander through the burgeoning DIY bio community, how the iGEM competition has informed her attitude towards science done within the confines of academia, and what citizen science can actually achieve (when it’s not reduced to data collection)
Other podcasts on similar topics:
Episode 37: Science in Seattle, with Zach Mueller a founding member of SoundBio (The Seattle BioHackspace)
Episode 13: The Science Sharing Revolution, with Mark Hahnel the founder of Figshare