Building Platforms for Access to New Biotechnology Tools

In his Strategic Action Plan, LEAP Alumnus David Sun Kong laid out a vision for infrastructure to empower diverse communities around the world to participate in biotechnology. His “metafluidics” project, an open repository of fluidic tools for biotechnology, received funding through the Technology Office at MIT Lincoln Laboratory (  As the founder and director of EMW—an art, technology, and community center in Cambridge, Massachusetts—David is also enabling communities to contribute creatively to biotechnology through his “Street Bio” program. This community recently competed in the iGEM competition, where David co-founded the Hardware Track. David is also the co-founder and managing faculty member of “How To Grow (Almost) Anything,” a distributed biotechnology course taught in maker spaces and community labs around the world. Many past and current LEAP Fellows serve as faculty.