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Online Brainstorm Session with Enviu - Toxic Metal Challenge

Brainstorm Session with Enviu - Toxic Metal Challenge

We’re hosting an online brainstorm session with Enviu from the Netherlands, who will be joining us along with other DIY Bio networks.

Enviu starts world changing companies and believes in the power of the crowd to co-create innovative business ideas and solutions for social and ecological issues. Their work can be found online.

This brainstorm session will generate ideas for a test kit to screen methyl mercury in the human body as part the Toxic Metal Challenge.

The Toxic Metal Challenge is one of Enviu’s current projects. In conjunction with Clear Light Ventures, they are challenging experts, students, entrepeneurs, and anyone with a good idea (like you) to come up with business concepts for an affordable and easy to use test kit to screen methyl mercury in the human body. You can read more about the issue of heavy metal poisoning and the relevance for such a test kit on the website.

The winner of the challenge wins $2500 and a possible investment by Clear Light Ventures to develop the business concept into a prototype.

If you are interested in knowing more about the challenge and brainstorming with us, then join us for this online Meetup on Sunday, January 20!

**** UPDATE: We will be using Any Meeting for this online Meetup. Please send an email to Fransje de Gelder of Enviu at [masked] before Sunday. She will then send you an Any Meeting invitation. On Sunday please go to the meeting here: It's a little different format from our previous Meetups, but hopefully you'll be able to join us from where ever you are. ****

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  • Jonathan R.

    Folks, if you haven't already, please e-mail Fransje your skype name. She can be contacted at: [masked]

    February 2, 2013

  • Ping K.

    Very nice meeting but it seems a bit laggy after I pressed the mute button

    January 21, 2013

  • Michael Y.

    Very informative and lively! I enjoyed the online interaction, so many great ideas exchanged. Thank you for the invite!

    January 20, 2013

  • Fransje de G.

    Thank you everyone for a great discussion! I hope you all enjoyed it?

    I will share the discussion results on the discussion page of the platform soon:
    You can share your ideas on the challenge page of the platform. Remember that next Thurday (24th) we have a webinar 'how to create good business concepts'. You are very welcome for that too. Please send me a message and I'll invite you.


    January 20, 2013

  • Srihari

    I am at a hackathon on that day. Organize more and I will try my best to join in.

    January 11, 2013

  • Amir Abbas S.

    I would like learn about the effect of various salts like Aluminum sulphate, Iron Sulphate, etc on the properties of soil.

    January 9, 2013

  • Patrik

    Crossposting some ideas from email, since I likely won't be able to join you:

    There have been a number of iGEM teams over the years working on mercury or heavy metal sensing and bioremediation. Here are a few of the ones I know of - not all of these deal with Mercury (or managed to get any results) - but this is a good place to start looking for inspiration:

    January 8, 2013

    • Fransje de G.

      Hi Patrik,

      January 9, 2013

    • Fransje de G.

      Thanks for your input! I've seen these tests as well and they are indeed good inspiration. Please feel free to post the links in the inspiration phase on the website if you like. You can find other inspirational examples there as well: http://toxicmetalchal...­

      January 9, 2013

  • Patrik


    In particular, the 2010 Peking team seems to have done some excellent work in this area, including designing metal binding peptides that could be used as an absorbent:

    Rather than focusing on developing a highly sensitive cell-based biosensor for mercury, it may actually be more effective to first concentrate the mercury out of a large volume of bodily fluids (e.g. pint of blood or urine?), and then use a more traditional chemical assay to measure the mercury.

    January 8, 2013

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