Over the years many alumni have heard of Ginkgo Bioworks success as a Synthetic biology company, and if you have ever been fortunate enough to visit one of their 3 organism Foundries, it's easy to understand why.
For those who don't know, Ginkgo Bioworks, the organism design company, "uses the most advanced technology on the planet – biology - to grow products instead of manufacturing them... bringing biotechnology into consumer goods markets, enabling fragrance, cosmetic, nutrition, and food companies to make better products." 
Here at iGEM, we are really glad to announce that on the 14th of June, Ginkgo Bioworks announced its commitment as a lead partner of the 2018 iGEM competition. "Ginkgo has demonstrated that the power of synthetic biology is a hugely successful reality, and we're honored that they're able to contribute to the community that helped them launch. This support will bring about the future of iGEM and will help inspire students around the world to use biology as a technology. iGEM continues to drive the industry forward, and with Ginkgo's help, will continue creating the workforce and leaders of the future." said Meagan Lizarazo, our Vice President here at iGEM. 
In the words of Barry Canton, one of Ginkgo's Founders, "iGEM is one of the most important organizations in the field of synthetic biology, building a vast and open community of students and mentors that are committed to building synthetic biology according to their strong values in openness, responsibility, and fairness. iGEM is also a vital educator of synthetic biologists—10% of Ginkgo has participated in iGEM as a student participant, advisor, or judge...We’re so happy to be supporting iGEM and excited to be part of building the future of synthetic biology together. 
If you are interested in applying for a position at Ginkgo Bioworks, be sure to check our After iGEM Job Opportunities.