<![CDATA[ - Blog]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:05:53 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Not a 2015 Thiel Fellow]]>Sat, 30 May 2015 18:56:05 GMThttp://acheron.bio/1/post/2015/05/not-a-2015-thiel-fellow.html
Over the course of the past year I have been hopeful that I may be accepted into the Thiel Fellowship. I had been to the Thiel summit and my experiences with the organization were very helpful in shaping my vision for what I wanted Acheron to be. 

Unfortunately, on April 12th, I received a letter that I was not selected for the final round. Obviously, this was disappointing, but I am confident that my good experiences with the Thiel community will continue. In fact, on June 6th, I will be attending the 2015 Thiel Summit in San Francisco. I am super excited for this event! The Thiel Foundation offers much more than a fellowship, It offers a community of extremely talented and motivated young entrepreneurs; the movers and shakers of tomorrow's next big start ups! Stay tuned for pictures and stories from the upcoming event!

--Alexander
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<![CDATA[Gamma Hungry shout out at Autodesk University]]>Tue, 02 Dec 2014 23:54:57 GMThttp://acheron.bio/1/post/2014/12/gamma-hungry-shout-out-at-autodesk-university.html Beyond Berlin's project Gamma Hungry got a shout out by Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski during the AU opening keynote!

You can find the clip at 00:21:10. Check it out!
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<![CDATA[Beyond Berlin at the Thiel Summit in Las Vegas 2014]]>Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:53:19 GMThttp://acheron.bio/1/post/2014/11/beyond-berlin-at-the-thiel-summit-in-las-vegas-2014.htmlPicture
Beyond Berlin co-founder Alexander Berliner was able to attend the Thiel Foundation Summit in Las Vegas. 

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<![CDATA[Beyond Berlin goes to SynBioBeta]]>Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:38:52 GMThttp://acheron.bio/1/post/2014/11/beyond-berlin-goes-to-synbiobeta.htmlThis has been a big week. My co-founder, Alexander, and I split up to attend two conferences. While Alex traveled to Vegas for the Thiel Summit, I attended the SynBioBeta conference in San Francisco.
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John Cumbers
, the Founder & Executive President of SynBioBeta, did an amazing job organizing the conference. 

The key speaker of the conference was THE Craig Venter.

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<![CDATA[Growing Fungus]]>Sat, 01 Nov 2014 22:29:32 GMThttp://acheron.bio/1/post/2014/11/growing-fungus.htmlAfter receiving the C. sphaerospermum from LBL, we wanted to create glycerol stocks and begin testing the growth of the fungus for controls.
We cultured the fungus on Potato Dextrose Agar plates with a variation of YPD media. Plates with YPD grew faster and spread throughout more of the agar.
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<![CDATA[From Chernobyl in Mother Russia To Berkeley, CA]]>Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:25:37 GMThttp://acheron.bio/1/post/2014/10/from-chernobyl-in-mother-russia-to-berkeley-ca.htmlWe have the Radiation-utilizing fungi!
Beyond Berlin has signed an official Material Transfer Agreement with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to received biological materials. A scientist [ask for name] at LBL has spent his career searching for rare extremophiles such as the radiation absorbing C. sphaerospermum and has been kind enough to send us our first samples for testing.

Now the fun begins...

We have successfully grown up samples of the fungus and created cryostock for future use. Next stop, genetic engineering of the MTR electrogenic pathway! And radiation experiments! And more!
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<![CDATA[Beyond Berlin almost in Russia for Extremophiles 2014 Conference]]>Mon, 08 Sep 2014 22:05:32 GMThttp://acheron.bio/1/post/2014/09/beyond-berlin-almost-in-russia-for-extremophiles-2014-conference.htmlAccepted... But no funding
We were accepted to present a poster at the 10th International Congress on Extremophiles 2014 in Saint Petersburg, Russia but we could not get the funding in time to go. :(

It would have been fun, but it gives us more time to work here in California. :)

On the bright side, our abstract was still present.
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<![CDATA[Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory M37 Program Fail]]>Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:02:46 GMThttp://acheron.bio/1/post/2014/08/lawrence-berkeley-national-laboratory-m37-program-fail.htmlWe submitted an application for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory M37 program. We were very hopeful that our application might be funded, but alas, no. 

The program had some great opportunities. You are welcome to review our application!

We were told that our application was clever, but we did not have the political clout within the political circles to win favor. 

Dear applicant,
Thank you for your application to M37. Unfortunately, the urgency and time constraints of the pilot phase of this program limit the number or finalists we are able to consider and we will not be able to invite you to the Lab for an on-site interview. 


The caliber of our applicant pool made this a very difficult decision.  We hope that this will not discourage you from continuing to drive toward high-impact technology solutions to our pressing energy problems, and wish you the best of luck in your efforts.


Best,
The M37 Team







Check out the program!
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<![CDATA[Beyond Berlin Presents @ IRPA 2014 in Geneva]]>Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:50:23 GMThttp://acheron.bio/1/post/2014/06/beyond-berlin-presents-irpa-2014-in-geneva.htmlIRPA
We were able to present Project Gamma Hungry at the 4th International Radiation Protection Association 2014 in Geneva Switzerland on June 22.
This conference was made possible through support from Autodesk Research and theBio/Nano/Programmable Matter Research Group. Thank you for all your support!
The conference took place at the Centre International de Conferences Genève in Geneva, Switzerland.

We presented a poster

We had lots of fun!!

There Was Radiation Art!

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One of the greatest parts of the IRPA event was an art exhibit for radiation-based art that was occurring simultaneously. 

"During the Congress, an exhibition will bridge the gap between science and art. Textile artists from around the world have been invited to display their artistic approach to the theme “Radiation”. The perspective of these artists ranges from the beauty and aesthetic appeal of radiation to research and technical applications without concealing the darker sides. The ultimate challenge is how to convert this abstract theme onto the soft media of fabric. We invite you to take this unique opportunity to experience your field of work from a new angle!"

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