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Alexander Murer

Alexander Murer is the founder of Open Biolab Graz-Austria and Briefcase Biotec. His attendance at student protests in 2009, where he adopted ideas of a more self reliant, open & free education, ultimately led him to independently work on biotechnology related projects and to found his start-up company Briefcase Biotec. Later on he founded the biohackerspace in Austria, Open Biolab Graz Austria, which is now the first biohackerspace in Europe to hold a GMO license. His recent project Kilobaser is a cartridge driven, rapid DNA prototyping machine.

Border Sessions 2014 - Wed, 12 Nov 2014

Synthetic biology represents a new phase in the development of biotechnology, in which scientists are gaining increasingly more control over the fundamental building blocks of life. By developing standardized interchangeable biological parts, biology is slowly becoming easier to engineer, thus opening up the door for non-experts to engage with the field as well. At the same time we are witnessing the emergence of numerous online platforms, where knowledge is shared by people all over the globe. In this session, three speakers will discuss the potential of online platforms, as well as the do-it-yourself community for the field of synthetic biology.