Grand prize and medals for our supported iGEM teams
Ortenberg, Germany and Aylesbury, UK (November 2016) – BMG LABTECH recently supported four iGEM teams with a microplate reader to fuel their participation at the annual iGEM competition. After the Giant Jamboree in Boston, the company is happy to congratulate the teams on their fantastic achievements.
Imperial College London has been crowned one of three winners of the 2016 iGEM competition. The team took the grand prize in the undergraduate section and five major prizes, beating over 295 other undergraduate teams from all over the world with their cell co-culturing project ‘Ecolibrium’. “The scientific standard at iGEM is extremely high, this is a fantastic achievement and truly worth of celebration”, says Lisa Schmidt from BMG LABTECH. The judges in particular highlighted the design aspect of ‘Ecolibrium’ and how computer modelling informed the optimization of the design in the wet lab. The team used the FLUOstar Omega to develop a Genetically Engineered Artificial Ratio (G.E.A.R.) system to control population ratios in microbial consortia. This system will employ a bi-directional communication system and novel RNA control that can be implemented across different bacterial strains. Dr. Kirsten Jensen from the Imperial iGEM team says, “I wanted to thank BMG LABTECH for supporting the team, the plate reader has been a great help for the project”.
The team at the University Freiburg won a gold medal with their project ‘Nanocillius – cause spore is more’ using the CLARIOstar® microplate reader. The team developed a novel platform for targeted drug delivery by implementing highly specific nanobodies directed against surface markers of affected cells. The combination with an enzymatic functionality facilitates the local activation of prodrugs, thus preventing unnecessary side effects by systemic drug dispersal.
The iGEM team at Manchester University received the gold medal for the ‘best model’ in the undergraduate section. Their project ‘AlcoPatch – Rethink your drink’ helps to control alcohol consumption, especially amongst students in the United Kingdom. The students designed a prototype for a non-invasive sweat patch that provides a real-time monitoring of blood ethanol levels using the FLUOstar® Omega.
The University of Newcastle’s iGEM team took part with their project ‘Culture shock - building biological analogues of electronic devices’. The team was nominated for the best hardware and created a novel field of synthetic biology by fusing biological function with electronic predictability.
“It’s great to see how much energy and hard work go into this year’s iGEM projects. Even if not all teams received a prize, the experience to be part of the team and to travel to the competition in Boston is an experience the students probably will never forget”, says Schmidt.
Picture 1: The Imperial College London has been crowned winners of this year's iGEM competition.
Picture 2: Freiburg University at the Giant Jamboree in Boston.