About Amino Labs
Empowering the next generation of scientists and innovators
At Amino Labs, our goal is to make genetic engineering accessible to everyone.
This will enable the next industrial revolution of personalized manufacturing using biology and help solve the world's biggest problem from fuel to food to medicine.
Join the Genetic Engineers
At the moment, genetic engineering affects more than a billion people every day, is a core part of our society, and yet only a small fraction of the population understand it.
Driven by ground-breaking technology and UX out of MIT, our easy-to-use kits are giving rise to the next 99 million genetic engineers, from the ages of 8 & up.
From a kitchen biohack
Amino Labs Inc. was founded by designer Julie Legault, based on her thesis research at the MIT Media Lab, 2015. Following a kitchen biohacking event at Media Lab director Joi Ito's house, Julie wanted to replicate the experience to pursue her own research by making with biology. However, after experiencing the difficulties of learning synthetic biology, bioengineering, genetic engineering from textbooks, online material, and feeling ill-at-ease in a traditional life science lab, Julie created a minilab, the Amino One.
...through many many user studies
After graduation, Julie founded Amino Labs with the help of scientist Dr. Justin Pahara, who had taught the kitchen biohack of 2014. Amino Labs collaborated with friends and colleagues from Montreal, Toronto and Boston to take the original design prototype and schematics further using a fast build, test and iterate cycle that included much user testing.
At its very beginning in the fall of 2015, the company got a kickstart thanks to the Shuttleworth Foundation, MIT's E14 Fund, Indie Bio accelerator and immense support from an early crowdfunding campaign. This early period is what allowed us to refine the Amino One and test it out with actual people!
to your kitchen! (and classroom)!
From her first experience, Julie wanted to bring application-based learning to genetic engineering; from fragrances to pigments, the Amino Labs ecosystem is made to inspire new enthusiasts to create with biology.
Through Amino Labs' build-test-iterate product development with users, we learned a lot, and turned these learnings into new products: Ingredient kits, the DNA Playground and the BioExplorer (formerly the Amino One, and the Bioproduction Lab) so that you, your family and students could experience the same life-changing event we all had at some point or another, in a kitchen or a lab: creating your own engineered organisms.