Featured stories from across our team

Biodiversity Collaborations Support Biodiversity Conservation
January 25, 2024
Basecamp Research shares their experience in Access & Benefit Sharing in the ICC UK's 2024 Report "Trade for Prosperity - Delivering Sustainable Global Value Chains"
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Protein Evolution, Inc. and Basecamp Research Aim to Make Polyurethane and Nylon Infinitely Recyclable with Expanded Strategic Collaboration
January 24, 2024
The companies will develop novel enzymes that break down difficult-to-recycle plastic waste to solve a major bottleneck in the fashion industry.
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Basecamp Research’s Bupe Mwambingu joins SynBio Africa Scientific Advisory Board
January 18, 2024
Bupe, Biodiversity Partnerships Manager at Basecamp Research, has joined SynBio Africa as their newest Scientific Advisor.
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HiFi-NN annotates the microbial dark matter with Enzyme Commission numbers
December 15, 2023
Here,we present HiFi-NN (Hierarchically-Finetuned Nearest Neighbor search) which annotates protein sequences with greater precision and recall than all existing deep learning methods.
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Exploring the undiscovered potential of deep sea microbial ecosystems and establishing sustainable thresholds for their preservation
December 7, 2023
In October, our Ocean Research Lead, Emma Bolton, attended a 4-day Ocean Solution Accelerator, run by the incredible Leslie Smith from iDOOS (Implementing a Deep Ocean Observing Strategy).
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Johnson Matthey Partners with Basecamp Research on Biocatalysis Solutions
December 6, 2023
Johnson Matthey, a specialty chemicals and sustainable technologies company, reports that it has partnered with Basecamp Research, which maps global biodiversity for computational biodesign applications, to accelerate the adoption of more sustainable, bio-based catalysts.
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COP28: A key opportunity to address the twin challenges facing our planet — climate change and biodiversity loss
December 6, 2023
Delegates from our Global Biodiversity Research and Partnerships team will be arriving at COP28 from today onwards to promote three themes that emphasise how understanding and learning from biodiversity can play a critical role in planetary health, and in turn contribute to a value-based system for biodiversity preservation.
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Expanding biodiversity knowledge through community and collaboration
December 4, 2023
With climate, pollution, and biodiversity crises looming, humanity has the opportunity to turn to the oceans for a path forward. The sea offers a wealth of biodiversity, with millions of species holding unexplored genetic and chemical diversity which can support the Blue Economy and global health.
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AI Alchemy: Unleashing a Biotechnological Renaissance in Textile Dyeing
October 24, 2023
Colorifix, the world’s first company to use an entirely biological process to produce, deposit, and fix pigments onto textiles, partners with Basecamp Research to accelerate R&D processes through AI and computational modelling.
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How knowledge graphs improve generative AI
October 9, 2023
Large language models have immense potential, but also major shortcomings. Knowledge graphs make LLMs more accurate, transparent, and explainable.
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Building the Largest Knowledge Graph of Life on Earth
September 19, 2023
Basecamp Research is transforming biotech, using Neo4j’s graph database to map Earth’s biodiversity.
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GenAI Webinar: Unlock Responsible Innovation By Grounding Your LLM with Neo4j’s Knowledge Graph
September 19, 2023
The world is rushing to embrace Generative AI and Large Language Models (LLMs), seeing how these tools could drive a massive productivity boost in the workplace.
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DSI and Biodiversity Collaborations for Biodiscovery (Science Summit at the 78th United Nations General Assembly)
September 18, 2023
Basecamp Research's session on their Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) approach to addressing Digital Sequence Information (DSI) through its Biodiversity Collaborations
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Explorer excited to add hydrogen balloon attempt to his Atlantic crossings
August 27, 2023
During the crossing, the team will be collecting air samples as part of a scientific study supported by Basecamp Research.
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Scientists are racing to explore more of the ocean hoping to discover medical breakthroughs and address the climate crisis
July 28, 2023
The ocean is teeming with uncharted life and most of it remains unexplored — something researchers from academia and private companies are racing to change...
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Mapping our planet’s microbial biodiversity with Basecamp Research
July 21, 2023
DNA monitoring has emerged as a revolutionary tool for monitoring biodiversity, providing scientists with a non-invasive, cost-effective method for tracking species presence and diversity across ecosystems...
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Advisor announcement: Kevin K. Yang, PhD
July 20, 2023
We are thrilled to announce that Kevin K. Yang, a world-leading expert in the field of protein machine learning, is joining Basecamp Research as an advisor.
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A day in the life of: a metagenomics bioinformatician in a biotech start-up
May 16, 2023
Marcus Leung reveals what life is like at the crossroads between industry and research as a bioinformatician for Basecamp Research.
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Meet the startup sending scientists around the world to build a database of all life
April 27, 2023
Read and listen to Freya from Sifted's dispatch from Hungary, where she joined Basecamp on a microbe-hunting mission. On a cave lake, metres below the town of Tapolca in Hungary, two scientists paddle along in a boat...
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The Ocean Embassy #11: Emma Bolton — Scientific diving, assessing marine biodiversity and understanding environmental DNA
March 24, 2023
Marine environments are particularly interesting and essential to study to discover new species and assess biodiversity — find out why from Emma, a field research scientist at Basecamp Research
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"No-one is looking for sequences with anywhere near the scale and depth that we do”
March 1, 2023
Can Basecamp Research's unique approach to sampling nature ethically, combined with a cutting-edge machine learning platform, accelerate the power of biotechnology and help nations value their biodiversity?
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AI-enhanced protein design makes proteins that have never existed
February 23, 2023
Nature Biotechnology News reflects on how protein engineers are drawing on rapidly evolving tools and datasets to pursue more sophisticated de novo protein designs.
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Expanding the repertoire of recombinases that can integrate large DNA fragments into the human genome by over 30X
February 17, 2023
CRISPR for gene editing applications is beyond a doubt a milestone in modern biotechnology. Moving beyond edits, recent discoveries have enabled ‘gene writing’ technology, that is the insertion of large DNA ‘cargoes’ into host genomes.
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Discovering bacterial histones: Wrapping our heads around dogma-defying surprises in nature
February 8, 2023
Previously thought to be firmly a eukaryotic feature, two weeks ago Researchers from London and the US published that they had found evidence of histone proteins in Bacteria.
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Responsible exploration of our planet’s biodiversity towards discovery-enabled biodesign
February 7, 2023
Emma Bolton is a Field Research Scientist at Basecamp Research, who focuses on collecting environmental samples with partner groups internationally, using a mobile DNA sequencing laboratory to facilitate building an open-source atlas of bacterial diversity.
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Cofounder Oliver Vince speaks at the NOAH conference in Zurich
January 27, 2023
Hear why protecting global biodiversity is intrinsically linked to the scaling of the biotechnology industry, in less than 10 minutes.
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Diginomica: "Tech bio pioneer Basecamp Research using graph technology to find ‘in silico’ protein breakthroughs"
December 19, 2022
Basecamp and its commercial customers can look at the DNA they want, to work out what organisms it came from in its full genomic context.
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Sifted: "Basecamp Research raises $20m to map the world’s biodiversity"
December 13, 2022
Basecamp, which was founded in 2019, secured its funding from climate investor Systemiq Ventures, Valo, Blue Horizon, True Ventures and Hummingbird Ventures. The fresh round brings the company’s total funding to $30m.
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Forbes: "Biodiversity Makes Good Business: Basecamp Research Just Raised $20 Million To Build A Database Of All Life"
December 13, 2022
The Basecamp team is working around the world to establish partnerships with local communities to gather and protect biological data, as well as to make it easier for synthetic biology companies to gain access to valuable genetic information which can help them develop new sustainable products.
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‘More data, please’ — reflections on a head-spinning week for protein AI at NeurIPS
December 6, 2022
If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for: More data or more compute?
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ZymCTRL: a conditional language model for the controllable generation of artificial enzymes
December 3, 2022
Pre-print from our first collaboration with Dr Noelia Ferruz on an enzyme-specific language model to provide new opportunities to design purpose-built artificial enzymes.
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Basecamp Research announces Alicia Frame, PhD as Graph Data Science Advisor
November 21, 2022
Introducing our new Graph Data Science advisor: Alicia Frame, Google and former Neo4j Graph Science exec.
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Basecamp Research announces Noelia Ferruz, PhD as Protein ML advisor
September 21, 2022
Introducing our new Protein Machine Learning advisor: Noelia Ferruz, PhD, first author of the ProtGPT2 Nature paper.
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Leveraging Neo4j to create a sustainable partnership-based metagenomic supply chain
July 10, 2022
Basecamp's Saif Ur-Rehman, senior data engineer, explains how and why we use Neo4j.
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Basecamp Research wins Gold at AWS Software Startup Awards
July 2, 2022
Winning Gold in the AWS Awards has shone a light on the work done by this dynamic startup—work that really does leverage technology to power a more sustainable future.
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