Announcing our newest program: HiveBIOhackathons!



Got a life sciences problem that can’t be solved? Perhaps your Global Health organization needs to figure out how to produce, test, and administer a much-needed vaccine in a developing country wherein the traditional resources of a hospital or lab are not available. HiveBio Community Lab is here to help!

For years Global Health organizations have needed to find innovate solutions to materials, diagnostic and technology problems in geographies with little to no resources. At the same time, DIYbio organizations and citizen scientists have been inventing low cost and accessible alternatives to traditional biology techniques. This low-cost, accessible innovation can be seen in inventions such as the Dremelfuge by Cathal Garver, the Smartphone Microscope by Yoshinok, and the Bubble Wrap Petri Dish by George Whitesides.

DIYbio organizations all over the world have been the gathering places for a huge interdisciplinary pool of biological scientists, programmers, electrical engineers, hackers, and artists for the better part of a decade. It’s time that the talent in these organizations is paired with the ongoing needs of global health and life sciences companies all over the world.

It is with this obvious partnership in mind that HiveBio Community Lab is happy to announce it’s newest program: HiveBIOHackathons!

Here’s how it works: Organizations will sign up for this program and include a description of the problem that needs to be solved and the resources available to solve the problem. HiveBio will then conduct a HiveBIOHackathon to find an innovative and low cost solution to the problem.

Why is this an excellent solution for life sciences companies? DIYbio organizations around the world have hundreds of members with a huge diversity of expertise. Through a HiveBIOHackathon the company will have access to the talent of these forwardthinking individuals in a way that simply isn’t possible in traditional life science consulting services. More eyes on the problem means more solutions, and more interdisciplinary collaboration means more quality results.

Why is this an excellent solution for the DIYbio community? Hackathons are fun, inspiring and bring together a great community of awesome people for a day of fun work that could help save lives. Don’t worry, as is the case with traditional hackathons, our BIOhackathons will provide food, t shirts, prizes, and much more. And the best part? HiveBIOHackathons will be open to the global community. Besides our in-person lab space, we will have the ability to have remote access to the BIOhackathons so that citizen scientists from all over the world can join.

Citizen Scientists:

Sign up for the HiveBio newsletter in order to receive alerts for upcoming HiveBIOhackathon opportunities. We’ll send out emails with information as opportunities for BIOhackathons arise.

Life Science Organizations:

Need a HiveBIOhackathon to find innovative solutions to a problem? Simply email for information and rates.

High Throughput Gene Expression Analysis

Gene expression analysis is a critical tool in medicine, biotechnology, and synthetic biology; the ability to track differential rates of expression provides vast quantities of useful data on an organismal scale. Since the days of wet-lab blotting techniques, gene expression analysis has evolved into a highly technical and highly efficient process of DNA microarrays and transcriptomics, revolutionizing how we see and use changes in gene expression. Come discuss the world of high -throughput gene expression analysis on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:30PM at Ada’s Technical Books (425 15th Ave. East).



Drawing Branches on the Tree of Life

“I THINK:” were the words that accompanied Darwin’s first evolutionary tree in 1837, rough sketches of an idea in the journal of a young, seasick oceanographer. But from the voyages of the H.M.S. Beagle to the modern use of advanced statistical methods, our still incomplete understanding of the phylogenetic tree of life has been pruned and grafted with the constant reminder of Orgel’s famous second rule of natural selection: “Evolution is clever than you are.”

What do you think about the the tree of life, how we develop it, and what it can tell us? Come to Ada’s Technical Books on 425 15th Ave E this Wednesday, Feb 18th at 7:30 and join the HiveBio Discussion group as we tackle this subject of phylogenetics.

Interested in learning more about phylogenetics? Take a look at our upcoming Class on Phylogenetics on March 7th!

Sequencing technologies – past, present, and future

Sequencing technology – where would we be without it? The advances in genetic sequencing over the last four decades have revolutionized biology and medicine at an unexpected and impressive speed of advance. But how do we get these maps of the As, Ts, Gs, and Cs that comprise the backbone of synthetic biology and life itself? From Sanger to Next-Gen (and beyond!), discuss the field of sequencing technologies with us at Ada’s Technical Books (425 15th Ave E) on Wednesday, January 21st at 7:30 PM. 

Bio-hacking the dinner plate? Join Wednesday Night Discussion Group 7-9pm Ada’s

How do you feel about Do-It-Yourself Biology experiments ending up on your plate? Join the discussion of DIYbio food and novel food production ideas this Wednesday November 5th, from 7-9PM at Ada’s Technical books on 425 15th Ave E.

As rising populations and environmental effects threaten global food security, DIYbio-hackers might have a solution in humble bacteria. Using “real vegan cheese” developed from E. coli as a “caseinpoint, a team from the San Francisco Bay Area presents an example of how DIYbio can supply novel solutions to problems in food security. The team, along with 245 others, competed this past weekend at the international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition, in Boston, MA, which asks undergraduates to develop existing or novel genetic constructs for a variety of applications, including food and nutrition.

NSF Funding Announcement: BusyBeesBio

We are happy to announce that HiveBio has received a grant from the National Science Foundation! HiveBio’s BusyBeesBio, a student outreach program, is funded as part of a grant awarded to Dr. Herbert Sauro, who is in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. Our Busy Bees Bio program offers classes to local schools and other organizations.These classes can be scheduled as field trips during school hours, or on evenings and weekends. To find out more about our BusyBeesBio program, please see the link on our website.
The HiveBio team would like to thank Dr. Herbert Sauro and the National Science Foundation for their support!

Open House and Yard Sale

Summer cleaning time has come! Thanks to the kindly donations of others, HiveBio has more than it can use. To help clear out some space, we’re hosting a science yard sale. Ever have that moment when you look around your home a exclaim “Gee, I wish I had some 96 well plates handy?” Well, this is the event for you. We’ll be paring down what we have in our storage space, which includes a lot of 96 well plates, an assortment of flasks and beakers, some random glassware, a million freezer boxes, plus a lot more! We’ll likely have mostly small lab equipment, no big machines for sale.

So come down, have a snack and some soda, hang with the HiveBio crew and see if we have anything you might like to take home with you! While you’re here, take a tour of our lab and talk to us about classes or projects. We’ll be hosting an open house during the yard sale, so if you’ve been waiting for the right time to come check out our facility, this is it!


HiveBio Halloween Fundraiser!

Please join us October 31st, 2013 for food, games and celebration! We’ll have a few spooky surprises up our sleeves. We’ll have a costume contest, mummy wrap, games and more! This is a family friendly event, so feel free to bring the kids around for some tricks and treats!

7pm-10pm, suggested $5 donation.