Designing soil ecosystems

to solve the biggest challenges in agriculture

Joyn is a joint venture between Ginkgo Bioworks and Leaps by Bayer, founded to bring synthetic biology to the challenges facing sustainability in agriculture. Our first project is to engineer microbes that can provide plants with biological nitrogen fertilizer, decreasing the environmental impact of agriculture.


Our parent companies

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Leaps by Bayer is spearheading a movement to make paradigm-shifting advances in the life sciences—targeting the breakthroughs that could fundamentally change the world for the better.

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Ginkgo Bioworks is the organism company, engineering the most advanced technology on the planet—biology—to grow products in multiple industries.


The Joyn Bio team

About Team

Guillaume Barbier


PROGRAM DIRECTOR

“Joyn Bio applies science to help people around the world and lower the impact of human civilization on the environment to preserve the earth for the future generations.“

Rebecca Spirgel


STRAIN ENGINEER

“We're thinking of creative ways to take advantage of the natural symbiosis between plants and microbes. And it's great to be working with a small, passionate and excited team!“

Matt Gorman


HEAD OF FINANCE

Robin Horst


Scientist

“Many microbes have beneficial effects on plants. Improving these naturally occurring effects through modern synthetic biology tools has the potential to shift current invasive agricultural practices towards more environmentally friendly methods, which is a goal that is very dear to my heart.”

Anthony Roulier


STRAIN ENGINEER

“My favorite part of working at Joyn is being able to push the bounds of biotechnology while helping to create more sustainable agriculture.“

Vivian Zhong


SUMMER INTERN

“I jo(y)ned because I wanted to branch into agricultural applications of genetic engineering, to combat global food insecurity in the ways I know how; and I hope to return after I graduate because of the incredible people and culture.“

Jeffrey Lyford


SCIENTIST

“Joyn Bio is special because of the technology: Through metabolic engineering, we will be able to elucidate, accentuate and combine mechanisms by which microbes benefit plants.“

Greg Foley


SCIENTIST

“Joyn Bio is special to me because it is bringing unprecedented technological resources to scientific questions that impact global nutrition and environmental health.“

Aileen Mastouri


PROGRAM DIRECTOR

“What makes Joyn Bio special for me is the creative and enthusiastic team, who collectively believe in impacting sustainable agriculture in a meaningful and environmentally-conscious way.”

Nathan Pumplin


Scientist

“Joyn Bio addresses urgent problems and inspiring opportunities by combining a spectacular diversity of personalities, expertise and resources. It is special to be a member of this team!”

Miguel Suastegui


SCIENTIST

“Joyn Bio is special to me because it is a space where I can collaboratively focus my creativity toward solving real agricultural problems.“

Mike Miille


CEO

“It is a unique opportunity to bring a new class of innovative solutions to agriculture, combining the power of synthetic biology with our growing knowledge of beneficial microbes and the microbiome.”

Brynne Stanton


Head of Metabolic Engineering

“Having the access and ability to apply cutting-edge, state-of-the-art tools to engineer biology and develop truly impactful solutions for growers and consumers alike makes working at Joyn Bio a uniquely rewarding experience.”

Leonela Carriedo


Scientist

“Joyn Bio is special to me because it harnesses the power of technology to develop a product that has the potential to enable sustainable agriculture.”

Laurelin Wyntre


Office/Operations Manager

“Joyn Bio is a unique blend of creative collaborators from a variety of backgrounds who all want to contribute to new kinds of agricultural solutions to benefit the greater good.”

Bjorn Traag


PROGRAM DIRECTOR

”What makes Joyn Bio special for me is the creative and enthusiastic team, who collectively believe in impacting sustainable agriculture in a meaningful and environmentally-conscious way.”


Board of Directors


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