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Synthetic biology for social impact. Developing next generation solutions to solving some of our world's largest problems.
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Calgary, AB, Canada
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you'll land among the stars."
My passion is for learning, engineering, biology, and most importantly people. My technical background is in Biochemistry with a focus in Cancer Biology, and an in-formal training (>5 years) in Synthetic Biology managing projects as diverse as DNA assembly, bio-fuels, environmental remediation, and biosensors for toxins. My work within the innovation and education space has included developing science and entrepreneurial resources, DIY hacker spaces for biology, and commercializing products through startups.
Chris' vision is fantastic and a necessity for our future as a community. Here at FREDsense Technologies, we are using synthetic biology to innovate on sensors, understanding our feedstocks and waste streams better than ever before. We need new sensors that provide real-time insight to make this vision a reality. A biorefining process that is modular and effective must be able to utilize various data streams to make daily decisions and drive process improvement. FREDsense uses biology to answer these questions - using bioengineered organisms to act as the sensor. Organisms measure the types of compounds found in a water stream and produce electrochemical signals that can provide real-time data to the effectiveness of processes.
Like Chris, we see the future in using biologically sustainable technology to affect major change in communities by utilizing the diversity of solutions that have evolved over generations. Biology has already developed many chemical sensors, treatment opportunities and solutions to big problems and synthetic biology groups are now in a place where we can harness these systems to impact our communities in bold ways.
FREDsense believes that safe drinking water, process waters, and wastewater need accessible and easy to use sensors to make our visions become a reality and look forward to supporting this project as it continues to move forward.
Thanks for your interest. Happy to answer your questions: Regulatory Barriers - In North America, one of the only approved technologies allowed for compliance monitoring are found in analytical labs. This is because the existing field kits are often lacking in the accuracy and sensitivity required to sense toxic chemical compounds in water. We are looking to change this, and provide a new accurate means of generating water quality data. Phosphate Sensor - Presently, we have an arsenic sensor ready for pilot testing and our other sensors (including phosphate) are still in development. We are hoping to use the arsenic sensor as a means of validating our system and then expand our platform into various different type of chemical sensors. Patent - We actually just got word that our patent has been granted just a week ago! Very excited for this. Relocation - Our major challenge with relocation is that we have a synthetic biology that we created in Calgary, Canada and a staff of six that work full time on the technology development side. We often travel to Toronto and San Fransisco for business so consider ourselves fairly flexible on the business development side. The cost and difficulty in setting up the biotech infrastructure that we require makes it a bit of a challenge for our core team to relocate but would be interested in your perspective on this.