Designing the Synthetic Biology Industry

In her Strategic Action Plan, LEAP Alumnus Christina Agapakis described the need for diverse perspectives in exploring the role of biotechnology in the world. Christina has created many forums that advance new partnerships in biotechnology. She developed new models for interdisciplinary training at the Art Center College of Design and UCLA. She continues to write extensively on biology, technology and culture, and created a platform for others to share their stories through the founding of Method Quarterly, a magazine about science in the making. Christina joined Ginkgo Bioworks as their creative director, and has leveraged the position to catalyze projects that involve new stakeholders in the biotechnology industry. She has received much acclaim for her work, including being awarded a L’Oreal Women in Science fellowship and being named one of the 2016 Fast Company 100 Most Creative People in Business.