Featured stories from across our team
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.
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...
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
"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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.