Life as a Rebel

Interested to see how one of the biggest biotech accelerators worldwide is from the inside? Join me in the four-month adventure that is Rebel Bio, SOSV’s global biotech accelerator.

The week-by-week recount

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Wrapping up

The personal story: lessons learnt before, during and after.

The talk of shame (Also featured on SOSV!)
Selling half-baked cakes  (Also featured on Synbiobeta!)



Stories on science, innovation and entrepreneurship

Weird advice for better pitches
The tightrope violinist
A story about Ireland
Distortion fields, quitting and choice making

(Español) Síndrome de pequeñeza
(Español) Consejos para escribir sobre ciencia



Is it talk? Is it Stalk? Interviews with amazing people worth stalking (on twitter!) who are shaping biotech

Nothing to hide: An interview with Hadyn Parry
From Interesting to Investable and how Synthetic Biology is Moving along: An Interview with Andreas Jurgeit

After Hadyn’s interview, Synbiobeta decided to ask me to conduct interviews for them and I ended up talking to the people I wanted to interview for myself too, so that’s a win! Links below.


As a contributor

Articles written for Synbiobeta

  1. From one-stop lab platforms to bio-based 3d printers: this is what robotics and hardware can do for synthetic biology (February 2016)
  2. Evolva: wellness and nutrition ingredients production company joins the fight against Zika (March 2016)
  3. The other Silicon Valley: Shenzhen institutes of advanced technology, Chinese academy of sciences (May 2016)
  4. Gen9 and Amyris strike synthetic DNA supply agreement (June 2016)
  5. The world’s first synbio accelerator presents their newest crop: Meet IndiebioEU’s class of 2016 Part 1 (July 2016)
  6. The world’s first synbio accelerator presents their newest crop: Meet IndiebioEU’s class of 2016 Part 2 (July 2016)
  7. These three companies will be discussing the future of food at Synbiobeta SF (August 2016)
  8. Venter Institute and Synthetic Genomics, Inc. combine CRISPR/Cas9 and yeast recombination machinery to engineer 16s ribosomal RNA (August 2016)
  9. Biodesign for the real world (September 2016)
  10. New opportunities and challenges in agriculture (September 2016)
  11. Gen9 synthesizes largest functional virus for oncology research, joined by Auburn University and Autodesk to enable personalized cancer treatment (November 2016)
  12. Not just for cars anymore: LanzaTech takes future of biofuels sky high (January 2017)
  13. iGEM startup PVP biologics closes a $35 million agreement with pharmaceutical company Takeda (January 2017)
  14. Indiebio SF Reveals its fourth class of startups, Part 1 (January 2017)
  15. Indiebio SF Reveals its fourth class of startups, Part 2 (February 2017)
  16. Riffyn and Novozymes join forces to accelerate the digital future of scientific research (February 2017)
  17. An interview with Daniela Quaglia on synbio and science communication (February 2017)
  18. 46 organizations making biology easier to engineer (March 2017)
  19. Kite pharma’s engineered t-cell therapies for cancer delivers astonishing results (March 2017)
  20. Drew Endy to keynote Synbiobeta London (March 2017)
  21. Forget transistors: Data storage goes biological thanks to Microsoft, University of Washington and Twist Bioscience (April 2017)
  22. SB7.0 Session 1: Translating ideas into impact (April 2017)
  23. SB7.0 Session 3: Art, Critical Design, Critique, Our World (May 2017)
  24. FDA Extends Comment Period on Genome Editing Tech for Plants and Animals (May 2017)
  25. Show me the money: 5 Biotech-ready VCs (June 2017)
  26. Living Ink raises funds from Colorado’s AIA for sustainable algal ink (June 2017)
  27. James Collins to Keynote at Synbiobeta San Francisco (June 2017)
  28. The Bio Side of Big Data: Mimetics Uncovers Hidden Patterns In Agbio, Food and Pharma (June 2017)
  29. The rise of the robot scientist (July 2017)
  30. Next generation DNA synthesis DNA Script Raises $13M Seed A Round Led by Illumina Ventures (September 2017)
  31. Sean O’Sullivan at IndieBio’s 5th Demo Day (September 2017)
  32. The future trades in genes: How DNA Synthesis Is Shaping The New Bioeconomy (September 2017)
  33. Changing The Landscape Of What’s Possible: An Exclusive Interview With Sean O’Sullivan (November 2017)
  34. Make Science Great Again (For The General Public) (November 2017)
  35. An Exclusive Interview with Helge Bastian About the Uncommon Collaboration Between Foldit, SynBio, and a Confectionery Powerhouse (December 2017)
  36. Here there (will) be dragons: Beyond the map of synbio with Kim de Mora (February 2018)
  37. On the steps between scientist and founder: An interview with Fatma Kaplan (April 2018)
  38. Eight no-nonsense do’s and don’ts for your next pitch (May 2019)
  39. How Molecular Assemblies is using enzymatic DNA to enable DNA data storage (May 2019)
  40. Scaling the green revolution: Lanzatech goes industrial size (May 2019)


Articles written for Nature Biotechnology: Trade Secrets

  1. Biotech from the end of the world (March 2014)
  2. Southern Science (August 2014)
  3. The birth of a cluster (September 2014)
  4. Made in Chile (October 2015)
  5. White Coat Rising (December 2015)
  6. Chile’s Austral Incuba (April 2016)
  7. Biotech Investment Panorama in Chile (May 2016)
  8. ChileGlobal Biotec (May 2017)
  9. Allbiotech (May 2017)


Articles written for other sources

  1. Thinking back on Gap Summit 2014, for Global Biotech Revolution