Why do we need sponsors? 

Previous iGEM teams accomplished prestigious results within the iGEM competition. We would like to continue this success by performing research of high quality and creating awareness about the positive effects of synthetic biology. On the road to organize and realize our ideas, we are faced with lab costs, fees for experts, travel costs, and costs for promotion material. As a student project we have a limited budget and resources. In order to cover the costs generated by participating in the iGEM competition and performing our research, we rely on the contribution of sponsors.

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Our sponsors


TU Delft’s mission is to make a significant contribution towards a sustainable society for the twenty-first century. This is done by conducting groundbreaking scientific and technological research, which is acknowledged as world-class; by training scientists and engineers with a genuine commitment to society; and by helping to translate knowledge into technological innovations with both economic and social value.

Department of Bionanoscience

The Department of Bionanoscience (BN) focuses on the fundamental understanding of biological processes, from the level of single molecules to the full complexity of living cells. This research provides a fascinating insight into the molecular mechanisms that lead to cellular function. The department features a strongly multidisciplinary and international team of scientists, whose research areas include single-molecule biophysics, synthetic biology, as well as (quantitative) cell biology. BN has provided our team with laboratory space, supplies and an exceptional supervisory team.

Department of Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering aspires to the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge in their discipline, and to shape that discipline as they do so. Their discipline is the art-turned-science of converting molecular understanding into products and processes that benefit mankind, using a healthy dose of chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology, and material science whenever that is called for. Chemical engineering at TU Delft is eclectic by design and united by a synthetic objective.

Bioengineering Institute

The virtual TU Delft Bioengineering Institute strengthens the campus-wide collaboration of scientists who are engineering solutions in, with or for biology, links them with external partners, and increases the visibility of the Delft University of Technology as a major partner in the international bioengineering arena.

Faculty of Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Applied Sciences’ main ambition is to contribute to resolving the major social challenges of our time through its teaching and research. These challenges include a secure, safe, clean and efficient energy supply, health (e.g. effective medicines), security of food supply, green economy/bio-economy, safety and security (also in terms of information transfer) and innovation. The faculty aims to be among the best in the world in a number of research areas.

Department of Biotechnology

The Department of Biotechnology engages in internationally leading, groundbreaking research and education programs in industrial and environmental biotechnology. The Department of Biotechnology covers the fields of biocatalysis, bioprocess engineering, cell systems engineering, environmental biotechnology, industrial microbiology, and biotechnology and society, thereby combining fundamental research, engineering, and design. These fields are all directed towards biotechnological process innovations.

Delft Health Initiative

The vision of the Delft Health Initiative is that the discovery of the molecular mechanisms behind diseases allows us to improve prevention, early diagnosis and treatment. Engineering sciences not only play an important role in developing the instruments that enable scientific progress, but also in designing and engineering the tools that allow these insights to change the future of healthcare.

Arbor Biosciences

Arbor Biosciences, a subsidiary of Chiral Technologies, Inc. (part of Daicel Corporation), is a development and manufacturing company founded by scientists to serve our peers in molecular biology applications. We are a passionate organization of scientists determined to deliver cost-effective, user-friendly products to researchers of genetics and synthetic biology. The team at Arbor Biosciences prides themselves on providing exceptional customer service and timely technical support to new or advanced users on our array of products. We routinely collaborate with our customers and research partners to develop innovative solutions to address their unique applications.


Promega is a global leader in providing innovative solutions and technical support to life scientists in academic, industrial and government settings. Their products are used by life scientists asking fundamental questions about biological processes as well as by scientists who are applying scientific knowledge to diagnose and treat diseases, discover new therapeutics, and use genetics and DNA testing for human identification.

New England BioLabs, Inc. 

New England Biolabs, Inc. (NEB) is the industry leader in the discovery and production of enzymes for molecular biology applications and now offers the largest selection of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research. NEB continues to expand its product offerings into areas related to PCR, gene expression, sample preparation for next-generation sequencing, synthetic biology, glycobiology, epigenetics, and RNA analysis.