Community Biotechnology

David Kong / MIT Media Lab

The Community Biotechnology Initiative (CBI) works at the intersection of community organizing and movement building, collective intelligence and social sciences, and accessible biotechnology tool development to activate the global movement around grassroots-driven life sciences, or “Community Bio.”

We believe that the emergent power of decentralized, diverse communities, augmented with digital tools and democratized biotechnologies, can drive disruptive innovations in the life sciences to inspire creativity and improve lives.

Our projects include low-cost, open-source hardware, microfluidic systems, infrastructure for sharing lab-on-a chip device designs, global synthetic biology education curriculum, collective-intelligence based crowd-sourcing platforms, and new interfaces for artistic expression with biology.

CBI has received support from the National Science Foundation, MIT J-Wel,  Millipore Sigma, Takeda, Waters Corporation, Twist Bio Sciences, Accenture, and

For more information on our Bacterial Bio Cement Research, How To Grow (Almost) AnythingPandemic Response CoLab and Supermind Activation, our low cost electroporation project (Zap-pore),  our open repository for microfluidic systems (Metafluidics), click on PROJECTS.