Genspace provides an affordable and open space for entrepreneurs, artists and designers to research and create profitable businesses, personal projects and thought-provoking bioart and design. Check out highlights from our community.

Vivorium is Ali Schachtschneider's speculative future lifestyle, which explores alternative ways of perceiving and interacting with the body, materials, and biodesigned objects. This futuristic lifestyle is presented in a narrative book, a collection of objects, images of performed interactive experiments, and a film.


Opentrons makes robots for biologists. Their mission is to empower scientists to collaborate around experiments with reproducible results. Their robots—prototyped at Genspace—automate experiments that would otherwise be done by hand, allowing communities to spend time pursuing experimental design. Opentrons is a Y Combinator graduate and has raised millions in funding.

In Stranger Visions, Heather Dewey-Hagborg collects hairs, chewed up gum, and cigarette butts from the streets, public bathrooms and waiting rooms of New York City. Extracting the DNA, she then analyzes it to computationally generate 3D printed bust-sized portraits representing how those individuals might look based on their genotype. Working with these biological traces strangers unwittingly left behind, the project calls attention to the developing technology of forensic DNA phenotyping, the potential for a culture of biological surveillance, and the impulse towards genetic determinism.

Enquête Gowanus is an initiative to study the Gowanus Canal’s invisible life. Led by Ian Quate in partnership with and Genspace, is about looking at where life would accumulate in the Canal, all while taxonomically cataloging and sharing this information.