January 18, 2009
A couple days ago, I met up with Randy Hall and Dan Heidel. I hadn’t met Dan before, but he heard about the recent Seattle meeting and got in touch. He’s this really smart dude who is currently in the process of setting up Seattle Open Biolabs, a wetlab adjacent to a hackerspace he’s a part of, Hackerbot. The lab isn’t huge, but it will be available to competent researchers that want to do their own bio R&D.
It’s pretty exciting, because I’ve been talking to the University of Washington about allowing public use of their facilities for DIYbio. That has its own set of hurdles, especially once you get into the realm of IP. So, Dan setting up his lab and needing interested parties, then finding out about DIYbio is perfect timing.
The next Seattle DIYbio meeting will be at Dan’s house in two weeks, and we’re going to advertise it far and wide. I’ll keep you guys posted, and Dan should be sending a message to the list pretty soon. Cool stuff.
IT’S ALL HAPPENING!