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Amino Labs home manufacturing
 

What we do 

At Amino Labs, our goal is to make genetic engineering accessible to everyone to enable the next industrial revolution of personalized manufacturing using biology.  At the moment, genetic engineering affects more than a billion people every day as a core part of our society, yet, only a minuscule fraction of the population understand it. Driven by ground-breaking technology and UX, our easy-to-use kits are giving rise to the next 99 million bioengineers, from the ages of 8 and up. 

 


Where we started

 

The original Amino Prototype ( MIT Media Lab) - Beautiful but not yet fully functional! 

Amino Labs Inc. was founded by designer Julie Legault, based on her thesis research at the MIT Media Lab, 2015. After experiencing the difficulties of learning synthetic biology, bioengineering, from textbooks and online material, Julie created a mini-lab, the Amino One, to help other people get familiar with the science through doing.  As a designer, Julie focussed her efforts on application-based learning; from Fragrances to pigments, the Amino One is made to inspire new enthusiasts.  

After graduation, friends and mentors from Montreal, Toronto, and Boston joined up to form an amazing, dedicated and excited team... without which Amino One would still only be a prototype! 

 

At its very beginning, last fall 2015, the company got a kickstart by participating in MIT's E14 Fund and in SF's Indie Bio accelerator.  We took that time to refine the Amino One and test it out with actual people! Great Support came from an early crowdfunding campaign for the Amino One which is shipping as of summer 2016. 


The team unveiling Amino One Desktop Biolab prototypes Cherry and Walnut at IndieBio Demo Day, San Francisco, 2016

The team unveiling Amino One Desktop Biolab prototypes Cherry and Walnut at IndieBio Demo Day, San Francisco, 2016

 
Julie Legault Amino Labs is headed by CEO / Creative Director, Julie Legault. Julie has more than a decade of experience in interactive and speculative design and product development. Julie received a B.F.A Design and Art (Concordia University, Canada), a M.A Goldsmithing (Royal College of Art, UK), and a M.Sc Media Arts and Science (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA).

Julie Legault

Amino Labs is headed by CEO / Creative Director, Julie Legault. Julie has more than a decade of experience in interactive and speculative design and product development. Julie received a B.F.A Design and Art (Concordia University, Canada), a M.A Goldsmithing (Royal College of Art, UK), and a M.Sc Media Arts and Science (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA).

Dr. Justin Pahara The Science of Amino Labs is headed by Synthetic Biologist, Justin Pahara. Justin has over 10 years of experience in synthetic biology and genetic engineering. Justin received a B.Sc. Immunology and Infection (University of Alberta, Canada), a M.Sc. Cell Biology (University of Alberta, Canada), a Ph.D. Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (University of Cambridge, UK), and a GSP Exponential Technology (Singularity University, USA)

Dr. Justin Pahara

The Science of Amino Labs is headed by Synthetic Biologist, Justin Pahara. Justin has over 10 years of experience in synthetic biology and genetic engineering. Justin received a B.Sc. Immunology and Infection (University of Alberta, Canada), a M.Sc. Cell Biology (University of Alberta, Canada), a Ph.D. Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (University of Cambridge, UK), and a GSP Exponential Technology (Singularity University, USA)

Philippe Savard The Electrical Engineering of Amino Labs is headed by Philippe Savard. Phil now has more than a decade of experience building and creating interactive installations, exhibitions and product development for the Studio he founded after graduating from his BFA where him and Julie met. Phil received a B.F.A Computation Art (Concordia University, Canada).

Philippe Savard

The Electrical Engineering of Amino Labs is headed by Philippe Savard. Phil now has more than a decade of experience building and creating interactive installations, exhibitions and product development for the Studio he founded after graduating from his BFA where him and Julie met. Phil received a B.F.A Computation Art (Concordia University, Canada).

 
Dr. Manuel Theberge Amino Labs' Mechanical Engineering is headed by Manuel Théberge, an expert in technological innovation for robotics, product development and applied research. Manu received a M. Eng Electrical Engineering - Robotics (École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada), a Masters in Management (Université de Montréal - HEC Montréal, Canada), a Ph.D. Management - Manager's development (Université de Montréal - HEC Montréal, Canada) 

Dr. Manuel Theberge

Amino Labs' Mechanical Engineering is headed by Manuel Théberge, an expert in technological innovation for robotics, product development and applied research. Manu received a M. Eng Electrical Engineering - Robotics (École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada), a Masters in Management (Université de Montréal - HEC Montréal, Canada), a Ph.D. Management - Manager's development (Université de Montréal - HEC Montréal, Canada) 

Edvisor Micheal Hirsch Acera Science Teacher, Lab Manager, Curriculum Creator B.S., Molecular Biology, Clark University M.A.T. Biology, Salem State University Michael began his work life as a scientist in the exciting world of Kendall Square biotech, researching therapeutics for metabolic disease and inflammation. After helping to place over 20 drugs in clinical trials and frequently publishing papers in the field of diabetes, Michael decided that his favorite part of being a scientist was teaching others and sharing his passion of science.  He pursued a masters degree and Massachusetts teaching certifications, and taught Biology and Chemistry in public high schools for 3 years before joining Acera.

Edvisor Micheal Hirsch

Acera Science Teacher, Lab Manager, Curriculum Creator
B.S., Molecular Biology, Clark University
M.A.T. Biology, Salem State University

Michael began his work life as a scientist in the exciting world of Kendall Square biotech, researching therapeutics for metabolic disease and inflammation. After helping to place over 20 drugs in clinical trials and frequently publishing papers in the field of diabetes, Michael decided that his favorite part of being a scientist was teaching others and sharing his passion of science.  He pursued a masters degree and Massachusetts teaching certifications, and taught Biology and Chemistry in public high schools for 3 years before joining Acera.

Edvisor Dr. Natalie Kuldell President, The BioBuilder Educational Foundation Instructor, MIT Department of Biological Engineering A.B., Chemistry, Cornell University Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology, Harvard University Natalie Kuldell has taught for a dozen years in the Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She develops discovery-based curricula drawn from the current literature to engage undergraduate students in structured, reasonably authentic laboratory and project-based experiences. She completed her doctoral and post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School, and taught at Wellesley College before joining the faculty at MIT.

Edvisor Dr. Natalie Kuldell

President, The BioBuilder Educational Foundation
Instructor, MIT Department of Biological Engineering

A.B., Chemistry, Cornell University
Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology, Harvard University

Natalie Kuldell has taught for a dozen years in the Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She develops discovery-based curricula drawn from the current literature to engage undergraduate students in structured, reasonably authentic laboratory and project-based experiences. She completed her doctoral and post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School, and taught at Wellesley College before joining the faculty at MIT.


Biological Engineering activities for the whole family
Genetic Engineering activities for kids, students and teens

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