About the BioBricks Foundation

The BioBricks Foundation (BBF) is a 501(c)(3) public-benefit organization creating a community of citizens dedicated to advancing synthetic biology. Our mission is to ensure that the engineering of biology is conducted in an open and ethical manner to benefit all people and the planet. We envision synthetic biology as a force for good in the world.

SynBio can improve the lives of families worldwide.

Founded in 2006, the BBF is the world leader in developing and promoting technical standards for synthetic biological parts, in building and protecting a commons of foundational biotechnologies, and in educating and supporting a vibrant community of biological engineers.

In 2011, we successfully created the BioBrick™ Public Agreement (BPA), the world’s first legal tool that enables the free exchange and use of standard biological parts. BIOFAB, our first professional research collaboration, has produced reliable, standardized biological parts that constitute a free operating system for biotechnology.

The BioBricks Foundation provides opportunities for SynBio researchers to learn and collaborate.

In addition, the BBF also manages OpenWetWare (OWW), an open-source wiki that facilitates teaching, learning, and sharing of data for 9,000 students and professional researchers through a culture of collaboration and open science. Last but not least, we are the proud organizers of the BioBricks Foundation SBx.0 Conference Series.

The BBF champions “The Commons.” We believe that fundamental scientific knowledge must be freely available for open innovation. This is a new paradigm for biotech research. More information about the BBF’s board, staff, and activities can be found on our website at biobricks.org.