Biotech Without Borders

From HackerspaceWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Biotech Without Borders
Vertical logo bwob.png
Status active
Country United States of America
State or District New York
City Long Island City
Date of founding 2017/06/27
Last Updated 2023-05-17
CalendarFeed iCal feed
Snail mail

43-01 21st Street Suite 319
11101 Long Island City
United States of America

Number of members 10
Membership fee 100 USD / month

Paid via Open Collective

Size of rooms ~2000 ft²
Open to Exchanges? yes
Open to Residencies? maybe
Residencies Contact
Location 40° 45' 0.66" N, 73° 56' 44.14" W

Loading map...

vCard download

Biotech Without Borders is an all-volunteer, member-led, community lab with 501(c)(3) status seeking to democratizing the hands-on practice of biotechnology for useful and peaceful purposes in order to benefit humankind and the planet. And we want to have fun while doing it!


We were founded in 2017 by Dr. Ellen Jorgensen after she stepped down as Director of Genspace NYC to continue her work democratizing biotechnology. We remained in the 33 Flatbush location until the regrettable passing of our patron landlord Al Attara. We moved into storage coinciding with the COVID-19 lockdowns.

New Beginnings[edit]

We are seeking to expand the scientific capacity of our community by organizing those who can and want to use lab space into a collective stewarding the lab. To achieve this end, our lab is engaged in an ongoing process to maintain a shared lab space in New York City. Members are invited to shape the lab for their individual and/or group projects by finding consensus among each other using a cooperative decision making software called Loomio.


We strive to exercise tact and bravery in articulating dissent with the assumptions that we all inevitably bring to our work. In the spirit of resilience, we discuss these points of conflict and adapt to our revised understanding. We believe that we all have the capacity to be community scientists. We like to safely play around with biology and hope you will join us in the lab!

IDeater (talk) 21:44, 17 May 2023 (UTC)