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Mission Statement:

Bio-based Ideas is an open community of thinkers and dreamers that discuss biologically inspired ideas to address human needs. These could be any of the following categories:
  • Subjects ranging from Biology, Biomedical Research, to Biotechnology to innovative Technologies that affect humans.
  • Environmental/Biodiversity Aspects
  • Sustainable Economies
The motto here is: Enlightenment through education. The key is making these sometimes abstract concepts accessible the broader audience.

We are currently looking for passionate people who enjoy sharing and writing about about the topics mentioned above while also having an individual and unique background to diversify the view points and increase the activity of this blogging site.

Regular Contributors:

Anh-Huy (Anthony) Le is data scientist currently working at BASF Enzymes LLC. Previously, he worked as scientific software developer, and scientist at a Amyris, a renewable chemicals/synthetic biology company. In his free time, Anh-Huy enjoys sharing and discussing ideas on science and technology with his friends, collaborating with his colleagues on projects to bring the knowledge of bio-based related ideas in the wider audience, and practicing the ancient martial arts Tai Chi

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