Amino Labs: from Academia to Startup
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.