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Open Sharing Platforms and Affordable Lab Spaces as Drivers of Innovation in Biodesign

DITOs Consortium; (2019) Open Sharing Platforms and Affordable Lab Spaces as Drivers of Innovation in Biodesign. (DITOs Innovation Management Policy Briefs 12 ). Doing It Together Science (DITOs): London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

creating communities of people from different backgrounds, sharing knowledge and expertise through courses and open sharing platforms, and facilitating prototyping in affordable lab spaces. This brief focuses on the infl uence of these material and immaterial resources on innovation in Biodesign. It looks at designers that work with living materials or take inspiration from the life sciences, with practices such as growing new sustainable materials, crafting accessible scientifi c tools, or imagining future (bio)technologies. Specifi c drivers of innovation in Biodesign are knowledge hubs such as educational efforts or open sharing platforms, and affordable lab spaces that provide access to tools as well as potential partnerships. The BioHack Academy is an example of a knowledge hub, functioning as a gateway to Biodesign by way of teaching laboratory skills and facilitating project-based learning. The Biofabforum is an example of an online forum for sharing and discussing research results and protocols within biomaterials. Academies and forums create communities and offer a knowledge base for new biodesigners. However, the process from initial idea to fi nal result involves experimentation and many iterations and thus requires time and extended access to resources such as space, skills and tools. Affordable but well-equiped and well-connected labs therefore play a key role for innovation in Biodesign, an example being OpenCell in London. This leads to a series of recommendations on how to support the infrastructure of lab spaces, programmes and platforms, as well as individuals within DIYBio and biodesign communities.

Type: Report
Title: Open Sharing Platforms and Affordable Lab Spaces as Drivers of Innovation in Biodesign
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.togetherscience.eu/
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access report published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence (DAS 30/07/2019).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10079075
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