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Pili created biological ink using bioproduction from soil bacteria. Their dyes are not only for use in pens and inks, but fabrics. Currently the team is researching to expand the color palette for the ink.They want to bring Nature’s colours to everyday life products by supplanting petroleum-based dyes by bio-based and renewable alternatives. 

Their process relies on the capability of microorganisms to biosynthesise naturally complex molecules with their secondary metabolism. The main goals and challenges for the upcoming months will be to bring down the cost of production of PILI dyes to the level of plant ones and to start the scaling of bioproductions. For the former they will use agile synthetic biology approaches to iterate on the optimisation of the synthesis pathways of our dyes. The initial goal was to produce bio-inks for pens and printers. Now they are collaborating with BIC, one of the world leaders for pen design and distribution. Pili is still at an early stage but with the right supports and collaborations they expect to release of the first products by 2016.


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View full profile Lena Asai from London & Tokyo

I study Design (BA) at Goldsmiths, University of London. I am a member of London Biohackspace, the UK’s first community lab, and is interested in exploring the relationship between art, design, and synthetic biology. I am participating in iGEM 2015 in the
Community Labs Track representing London Biohackspace. My team is developing a library of yeast strains for beer brewers. Feel free to drop me a message!

View full profile Jérôme Lutz from Berlin & Munich, Germany

I like to share the great things I discover daily while researching and working in the field of Synthetic Biology.

When I talk to people about it, they often refer to Science Fiction. However, when I send them links to this wiki and they read through those pages, they start understanding that this is real and it's happening right now.