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AMAbiotics is a knowledge-based company devoted to research. It rests on the idea of knowledge sharing, and participates to conferences, debates and training with its academic and proprietary competence in biotechnology, systems biology and synthetic biology

Working Seminar Stanislas Noria
Department of Mathematics
The University of Hong Kong
SAR Hong Kong, China

3 december 2013
« Metabolism and the emergence of the first cells » 

Genome L ectures
Beijing Genome Institute
Shenzhen, China

2 december 2013
« Paralogous metabolism: a consequence of the logic of metabolism »

Syn Bio Summer Course
Synthetic Biology in action!
CSIC, Madrid
6 july 2013
« Top-down functional analysis identifies overlooked functions for the SB chassis »

Institut de Physique Théorique
CEA / Saclay, France

19 february 2013
« Antifragility and tinkering in biology. Flexibility is an efficient epigenetic solution for risk management »

International Workshop: Around viability boundaries
University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris

13 december 2012
« Antifragility and risk management in biology »

The University of Hong Kong
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Department of Biochemistry

Hong Kong, SAR Hong Kong, China

14 november 2012, 4 pm
« Novel pathways in sulfur metabolism »

Working Seminar in Conceptual Biology (Stanislas Noria)
Department of Mathematics
The University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, SAR Hong Kong, China

9 November 2012

« Compartmentalisation of information in biology »

Internationale Vorlesungsreihe — Synthetische Biologieklee

Universität Bremen
24 october 2012

Bremen, Germany



« (Re)constructing life: we should not forget the chassis »

Presentation bageco11



COST Workshop on Whitefly Metagenomics – Synthetic Biology & Symbiosis

Cavanilles Institute on Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology
University of Valencia
27-28 february 2012

Valencia, Spain

Functional Analysis for Synthetic Biology. Metabolic Frustration is Driving Compartmentalisation

Presentation bageco11

Frontiers in Systems Biology II

Baptist University
The Croucher Foundation
1 - 2 December 2011

Hong Kong, SAR Hong Kong, China

Ageing vs senescence: the fate of the cell factory

Synthetic Biology (SB) puts together two separate entities, a program and a chassis. The majority of SB-related work deals with the program, not the chassis. We will deal with the chassis and ask the quetion: will scaling up synthetic processes be possible, and to what extent? Indeed, scaling up implies reproduction of the chassis, i.e. making similar copies. As in all systems this implies progressive ageing. Living cells have a knack to make that ageing differs from senescence. We will explore how this is possible, and why this has important consequences in terms of SB.

Presentation bageco11

Working Seminar in Conceptual Biology

Department of Mathematics
The University of Hong Kong
30 November 2011

Hong Kong, SAR Hong Kong , China

Update of antifragility: a concept used in banking that may be relevant to (synthetic) biology


Bacterial Genetics and Ecology
29 may - 2 June 2011

Kerkyra, Greece

Antifragility: a concept used in banking that may be relevant to (synthetic) biology

Flyer bageco11


Institut Curie, retreat curie


4 may 2011, 2:30 pm


Antifragility: a concept used in banking that may be relevant to (synthetic) biology


Beijing Genome Institute





6 january 2011, 3:30 pm


Functional analysis in genome sequence annotation
with an introduction on the arsenic nightmare, and the way science should not be done, or "why thinking as an engineer helps making discoveries"

Croucher Advanced Study Institute

Faculty of Medicine HKU

5 january 2011, 4:30 pm


Synthetic biology and aging

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology





Biochemistry and Cell Biology

5 january 2011, 10 am


Antifragility; a novel view of finances that may be used in modelling metabolism

The University of Hong Kong

Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

Department of Biochemistry

4 january 2011, 4 pm hku


Stability requirements for efficient metabolic engineering



European Technology Assessment Group

Making perfect life

Bio-engineering in the 21st Centurystoa

10 november 2010, European Parliament, 1-6 pm

Public debate      Programme  


LIX Ecole Polytechnique

LIX - BioInformatics Colloquium 2010

8 november 2010, 5 15 - 6 15 pm


Reproduction vs replication: a role for Maxwell's demon

TARPOL summer school on synthetic biology

Metabolic and spatial frustration as contraints for synthetic biology

27 september 2010
ETH Zürich, Basel, Switzerland




Presentation conférence180110
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International workshop on synthetic biology

Interfacing biology, technology and society

Molecular traffic jams and the reproduction vs replication dilemma

25-27 august 2010
Copenhagen, Denmark




Presentation conférence180110
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The US-EC task force in biotechnology research

Exploratory workshop: Toward standards in synthetic biology

Molecular traffic jams and emergence of metabolic and regulatory conflicts

4-6 june 2010
Segovia, Spain



Report pdf

The Third Schmid Training Course

International training course

The body plan, an information trapped by Maxwell's demons?

10-14 may 2010
Station Biologique de Roscoff, Roscoff, France

Belgian Society for Microbiology

Interfacing Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology

25 march 2010
Palais des Académies
1, rue Ducale, Brussels, Belgium




Presentation conférence180110
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In a context where industry invests considerable hopes and means in a discipline presented as a new domain of research, Synthetic Biology, we must explore the pros and cons to make motivated choices. The lecture aimed at showing that it is not sufficient to make promises to succeed, and that specific constraints linked to biology have to be taken into account. These constraints where metabolism, ageing and invention have a malor role, will decide of the future successes of Synthetic Biology. Living organisms behave as information gathering and reproducing systems, and this has considerable consequences on their evolution. The economic model of AMAbiotics is constructed with this perspective in mind.











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