Introducing Bio Academy

The Open Science Network (DIYbio YVR)
The Open Science Network (DIYbio YVR)
Public group

780 East Cordova · Vancouver, BC

How to find us

This Wednesday we will meet at our biolab at MakerLabs. At the front entrance just say you are going upstairs to OSN and take the east stairs up, we are right around the corner at the top to the right.

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How to Grow (almost) Anything 2017

Bio Academy ( is a Synthetic Biology Program starting in September and directed by George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. The Bio Academy is a part of the growing Academy of (almost) Anything, or the Academany ( founded by Professor Neil Gershenfeld of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms ( The Academany is a distributed educational model providing a unique educational experience. Each Lab that participates in the Academany program is part of a global FabLab network supported by the Fab Foundation (

Bio Academy faculty (, who are leaders in their respective fields, provide global video lectures, supervise academic content, and guide research. Hands-on instruction in the labs is provided by instructors who supervise and evaluate Certificates, develop and disseminate instructional material, and assist with projects.

MakerLabs sponsored OSN's own Scott Pownall to take the 2016 How To Grow (Almost) Anything (HTGAA) Synthetic Biology program. This fall he will act as the local YVR instructor for the 2017 fall session.

The role of Bio Academy is to initiate and train people in the principles and practices of Synthetic biology and to gain exposure to a wide variety of synthetic biology principles and practices and build skills in a short amount of time (typically 19 weeks). It’s not for the faint of heart, but the rewards are great.

Open Science Network ( at MakerLabs ( is now a node in the growing Bio Academy network. Come learn about HTGAA 2017. Scott will talk about his expereince in the program and what to look forward to in this years program.

MakerLabs has generously offered to reimburse 25% of the course fee for 2017 students who successfully complete the course.

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