Welcome to the BioGarage Opening!

The new BioGarage at Aalto Design Factory offers students, researchers and startups the opportunity to test wild ideas and experiment freely using synthetic biology and related technologies in a GMO-lab environment.
Welcome to the BioGarage Opening!

Open-minded and cross disciplinary science is key to unlocking the potential that nature has to offer. Engineering biology enables the sustainable use of waste streams and CO2 as a carbon building blocks for synthesis of materials, food, fuels, chemicals and medicines. 


Join us to hear how grassroot science can foster innovation and start-up creation! 




13:30                            Welcoming words


13:35                            BioGarage

                                                      Merja Penttilä, Professor, Aalto University, VTT


13:50                            Jenny & Antti Wihuri Foundation

                                                      Arto Mäenmaa, Executive Director, Jenny & Antti Wihuri Foundation


13:55                            Building a Synthetic Yeast 2.0

                                                      Leslie Mitchell, Research scientists, New York University



14:20                            Thomas Landrain, founder of the biogarage in Paris, La Pallaisse (

                                                      and the Pili start-up (


14.35                            Tuula Palmén, BioBusiness Builder 


14:40                            Pezhman Mohammadi, Research Scientist, CYSS/VTT


14:50                            iGEM teams: Aalto-Helsinki & Turku 


15:00                            BioGarage Greetings 


15.20 -  16.45                DESIGN FACTORY TOUR with DNA extraction by iGEM team in the BioGarage lab




BioGarage is a Synbio Powerhouse initiative sponsored by Jenny ja Antti Wihuri Foundation. Other supporters include Aalto University, VTT, Sitra Fund.

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