Foundries

A foundry for designing living cells

In biological engineering, living organisms are the factories that build new products. Designing the best organisms requires a different sort of factory, one where the best tools in automation, analytics, and software can all work in sync. The Bioworks foundries are automating and scaling the process of organism design, allowing engineers to prototype thousands of biological designs.

Engineering Made Simple

Integrated software and automation tools allow for scaling up our process while scaling down costs.

State of the art Technology

The enabling tools for biotechnology are rapidly evolving. Our foundries leverage the best of DNA synthesis, laboratory automation, and high performance analytics.

Thousands of Biological Designs

The foundries allow organism designers to build and test many prototype enzyme pathways to hone in on the most effective design.
1000sof designs per organism
700million basepairs of DNA
31Robots

The world’s first organism foundry

Bioworks1

The foundry automates every step of strain engineering, from molecular biology to high throughput analytics to small scale fermentation. We opened Bioworks1 in early 2015 and are currently running 15,000 automated operations per month, a more than ten-fold increase from pre-foundry levels. Powered by the foundry, our organism engineers can build and test thousands of new prototypes for each project.

The New Expanded

Bioworks2

Twice as big and expected to offer a 6X increase in throughput, Bioworks2 is an expansion and evolution of our foundry technology. As processes become miniaturized and more integrated, the foundry can build more strains faster and at lower cost. Looking forward to Bioworks3 and beyond, we're constantly working to develop new and better tools.