Authored by Zain Jaffer
“The suits think you can’t do biotech out in the garage. But the suits are wrong.
Meet Eri Gentry, queen of the bio-curious. In 2009, after the recession hit and every biotech company around was going belly up, Gentry went shopping. She picked up over a million dollars worth of lab equipment for $30,000 (around £20,000), installed it in her garage and invited her friends over to play. And her friends invited their friends and pretty soon Gentry was at the front end of theDIY biology movement.
“Until very recently,” said Gentry, “commercial biology was something done in universities or by big companies. But those organisations generally own the majority of the work, which stifles innovation.””