On this page, we showcase our contributions to the iGEM community. In our project, we developed several skills that we want to pass on to the next generation of iGEM teams. Our team has developed an epidemiological model that can be easily adjusted by future teams to model a specific disease of interest. This could for instance provide them with a better understanding of the epidemiological implications of their diagnostic device. Furthermore, we gained a lot of experience in patenting and got familiar with the complexity of the process. To make patenting more comprehensible for future teams, we decided to make a patenting guide based on our acquired knowledge. This will allow future teams to protect their invention in order to make it viable for further development after the iGEM competition to make their ambitious ideas come to full fruition. Lastly, our team has gone to great lengths to include people with color blindness in our project. We documented the measures we took to achieve this goal so future teams can do the same!
Over the years, a lot of great ideas have seen the light in the iGEM competition. Many of the projects are, however, not continued after iGEM. To make sure that ideas that iGEM brings forth come to full fruition, it is important to protect a potential invention. A patent will enable further development after iGEM because it gives a team the possibility to build a start-up. This year our team decided to file a provisional patent application to ensure the future of our project. As we got more familiar with the patenting process, we found out how complicated this process can be. It took us quite some time to find out how patenting works and what the implications are of applying for a patent. We documented our journey in the patenting world to make a comprehensible guide for future teams. This will allow them to find out more easily if they want to opt for patenting or not. Hopefully, this contribution will lead to more iGEM start-ups that will help better the world with their inventions in synthetic biology.
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We made an ODE-based epidemiological model to explain the importance of diagnostic testing at the start of an outbreak and to show how our new diagnostic tool could impact the world. Since we promote our diagnostic tool as a versatile method that can be applied for the detection of various pathogens, we based this model on previous outbreaks of Ebola as an example. However, future iGEM teams can now adopt our model and adjust it to their specific disease of interest to show how their diagnostic tool would change the world. We built a small guide to help them get started (see Model page).
To make sure color-blind people are also included in iGEM and science in general, we made a color blindness guide. This guide will give future iGEM teams all the tools they need to make sure their wiki is color-blind proof! The color blindness guide together with a more in-depth explanation of the problem can be found on our Inclusion page.