An Eco-friendly Biomanufacturing Platform That Transforms Waste to Natural Dyes
In late October, the NUS iGEM team (NUSGEM 2018) participated in the Giant Jamboree of the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition in Boston, USA. The team competed against more than 300 teams from all around the world, including teams from renowned universities such as Harvard, MIT, Oxford and Imperial College London. The team has not only clinched a Gold Medal, but was also nominated for three special awards, emerging top in their rightful tracks – Best Manufacturing Project, Best Hardware, and the Safety and Security Award. They were even specially commended for their efforts in ensuring safety in their project during the awards ceremony. This is the best accomplishment NUS has ever achieved in this prestigious competition, excellent job team, you have done us proud!
This year, the team of 13 students hailing from diverse academic backgrounds encompassing biomedical, material, chemical, mechanical engineering and engineering science, life sciences, architecture and medicine, had one ambitious goal: to alleviate the water pollution problem caused by chemically synthesised dyes via an eco-friendly biomanufacturing platform.