The University of Ottawa iGEM team traveled to Boston, MA for the annual iGEM World Jamboree competition which was held from October 30 to November 1. The team of students from science, engineering, and Telfer competed against hundreds of university teams from other parts of the world for the most innovative application of synthetic biology. This was a particularly successful year as our team took home the silver medal in the undergraduate division for our tri-stable switch, a system responsible for cell differentiation.

This was a successful year for the finance team as well. It reached out to sponsors and set up fundraisers to ensure sufficient funding so that as many of the team members as possible could attend the competition. This experience in Boston has helped students connect with many innovative students from all over the world, who have now become contacts for future collaborations.

iGEM will resume its activities in the new year and will be looking forward to more unique experiences on the team and establishing a closer link between business and science collaborations.