About

Our Mission

We believe that innovations in biology should be accessible, affordable, and open to everyone.
We’re building a community biology lab for amateurs, inventors, entrepreneurs, and anyone who wants to
experiment with friends.

What We Are

  • a complete working laboratory and technical library for entrepreneurs to cheaply access equipment, materials, and co-working space
  • a training center for biotechniques, with an emphasis on safety
  • a meeting place for citizen scientists, hobbyists, activists, and students

Who We Are

Eri-02Cofounder, President, and Executive Director of BioCurious, Eri Gentry works toward the democratization and human-centricity of biology and medicine. Eri is also a science and technology researcher at the Institute for the Future, a Palo Alto-based futures research organization, where she helps organizations navigate the zones between technology disruption and user adoption. Eri sits on the board of Summer.org, a STEM education organization. She has been named a Champion for Change in Citizen Science by the White House, a Hometown Hero by Popular Mechanics, a Techonomy Top Ten – edging out additive manufacturing – and recently co-authored the book Maker Pro. She was previously cofounder and CEO of Livly, a biotech startup on a mission to cure major human diseases.

Tito Jankowski. Cofounder, Secretary and Treasurer.Cofounder, Secretary and Treasurer of BioCurious, Tito Jankowski hacks biotechnology. He is a proponent of open source hardware, biotech hackerspaces, and synthetic biology. He thinks about society’s effect on science, product design, and public speaking. His work has been covered by the New York Times, Wired, Nature, and GQ France, and in the books Biopunk: Kitchen-Counter Scientists Hack the Software of Life, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, and “Maker Pro” by Maker Media. He is co-founder of Pearl Biotech, empowering scientists with a torrent of new research tools and practices. Tito was previously the Product Manager at Scanadu, a Silicon Valley startup bringing medical tools for the people to the people, and Co-Founder of OpenPCR, a company developing open source DNA copy machines to make biotechnology accessible on your desktop.

MariaDirector of Community Engagement at BioCurious, Maria Chavez is a biohacker and project manager. A new Board Member at BioCurious, in the past 4 years she has organized our events, classes and community projects. She is also a Board Member of Real Vegan Cheese, an open source project to create a synthetic cheese from genetically modified yeast. She is an adviser to the Latin American Network of BioHacker Spaces. She has been a leader on two iGEM teams, in 2014 and 2015, and is a member of multiple community lab science projects. Most recently she joined the Open Insulin project to create an open source form of insulin. Her ambition is to continue to push open source science and to aid in the creation of more biohacking spaces, democratizing science globally. Maria has a BS in Information Technology and an MBA focused in Global Management.

EricDirector of Lab Operations and Safety, Eric Harness’ reason for getting into biotech was his grandmother. She was diagnosed with a rare prion disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, when he was 9 which sparked his interest in genetics and infectious disease. Growing up in the rural part of Illinois, Eric was drawn to the DIY spirit by building dams and forts, which progressed into electronics, engines and tech. His father really forced him from a young age to DIY fix everything first by holding the flashlight for him, which progressed to Eric turning the wrench himself. He hopes that just as the personal computer sparked revolutions in tech when it entered the hands of the public, we can achieve the same in biotech and STEM education by bringing the lab closer to the people.

History

BioCurious was co-founded by 6 entrepreneurs in 2010: Eri Gentry, Kristina Hathaway, Josh Perfetto, Raymond McCauley, Joseph Jackson, and Tito Jankowski. Countless other people helped BioCurious get off the ground in those early days, including 239 backers on Kickstarter, where we raised our original $35,319. See the BioCurious launch page on Kickstarter.