Benchtalk Volume 1: New Paths in Life Science

BY Roger Pellegrini
June 11, 2019

Welcome to Benchtalk, a journal produced by Benchling. At Benchling, our mission is to accelerate life sciences for the benefit of humanity. As part of that mission, Benchling strives to engage the life sciences community in meaningful discussion and cross-discipline dialogue about the extraordinary goals of the field so that, together, we can work toward a better future.

We also believe in celebrating our community’s achievements and sharing insights from life scientists. Benchling is launching Benchtalk as an initiative to showcase the groundbreaking work of brilliant life scientists from academia to industry, facilitate discourse among members of the life sciences community, and connect them to revolutionary ideas.

Benchtalk features four categories of content:

  • Spotlight showcases the lives and stories of life sciences community members, from scientists, to labs, to companies.
  • Research includes articles written by Benchling users about their own exciting projects.
  • Biotech features pieces about the state of the life sciences industry and how it will change the world as we know it.
  • And last but not least, Benchling features announcements and updates about all things Benchling.

We’ll be posting pieces of content to Benchtalk on a weekly basis and publishing full volumes of Benchtalk on a quarterly basis, both in digital and print formats.

If you or someone you know is interested in being featured in Benchtalk, please email [email protected]

Karmella Haynes: Synthetic Biologist, Artist, Advocate, and Ultimate Puzzle Solver
Lily Helfrich

Dr. Karmella Haynes’ aptitude for problem solving led her to a career in synthetic biology, but it didn’t start with science. She was first an artist, then a scholar, then a teacher and a professor. She is now all of the above, plus a fierce advocate for representation in science.


Tina Boville Directs Evolution to Engineer Nature
Lily Helfrich

Dr. Tina Boville has two clear callings: bioengineering and sustainability. These callings led her to a postdoc in Frances Arnold’s lab at Caltech, where she is using directed evolution to develop noncanonical amino acids and novel biocatalysts. Leveraging this technology, her ultimate goal is to make chemistry greener.


Generating More Robustly Infected Cell Lines by Co-Culture Infection
Matthew Gardner, UC Berkeley

Matthew Gardner’s lab generated cell lines that were stably infected with Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), a “master manipulator of cellular machinery,” and allowed him to uncover the role of a novel viral protein.


Sickly Sweet — How Utilisation of Sugars Affects the Disease Progression of Streptococcus pneumoniae
Vikrant Minhas, The University of Adelaide

Vikrant Minhas shares his research on the bacteria that causes pneumonia, meningitis, and other pneumococcal diseases, and on the role that carbohydrate metabolism plays in disease progression.


The Importance of Adopting a Platform Approach Over Point Solutions
Roger Pellegrini

Large molecule R&D involves complex data, a broad range of sample types, and intricate cross-team collaboration. When it comes to streamlining these workflows using informatics, there are two basic approaches: the point solution approach, and the platform approach.


The R&D Data Maturity Curve
Roger Pellegrini

Research and development organizations are only as good as their data. To measure and improve your competitive position, benchmark yourself with Benchling’s R&D Data Maturity Curve.


The Only Path Forward for Biotech
Sajith Wickramasekara, Co-Founder & CEO @ Benchling

Biotech is booming, but R&D is held back by widespread inefficiencies. If biotech’s going to industrialize and mature in the same ways as other paradigm-shifting industries, it needs a new approach.



Five Key Takeaways from Benchtalk West
Kyrstin Lulow

This April, Benchling hosted Benchtalk West, our first West Coast user forum, where industry leaders across the life sciences gathered to discuss their groundbreaking work, the challenges they face, and the solutions they are discovering.


If you or someone you know is interested in being featured in Benchtalk, please email [email protected]

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