BDC 2018 Year in Review


2018 Partners and Collaborators


Highlights from 2018


BDC on Exhibit

BDC students and alumni traveled the world in 2018 to showcase their projects. Exhibitions and venues included:

  • Food Friction at Artez in the Netherlands

  • Ars Electronica in Linz

  • Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration at Rhode Island School of Design

  • Biodesign Here Now at London Design Festival

  • SynBioBeta Biodesign Town Hall at the Tech Museum of Innovation

  • Biofabricate in New York

  • Hot House Archives at School of Visual Arts

  • Beautiful Monsters at Esther Klein Gallery

  • And more!


BDC named winner of Reimagine Education Award

BDC was selected from over 1,000 programs submitted from 39 countries to win the "Best Employer for Nurturing 21st Century Skills" category at the QS Reimagine Education Awards!


Participation Grew to 9 Countries

University participation tripled from 2016-2018. BDC grew from 9 classrooms in the US to 27 in 9 countries.


BDC, Incorporated

BDC has received its official seal as a nonprofit organization in the State of New York. And we welcomed our prestigious executive board!

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BDC Alumni Raised $2.2M in Seed Round of Funding

AlgiKnit announced a $2.2 million seed round of funding for their biomaterials company that derives yarn from kelp. The founders, originally a team from FIT, won the Glass Microbe in 2016.

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Prince Charles Visited BDC Team

The Prince of Wales made a visit to the Royal College of Art and met Olombria, a BDC team that turned its 2017 project into a venture-backed company.

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BDC at UN Biodiversity Conference

The Pink Chicken Project, a 2017 Central Saint Martins team led by Linnea Våglund and Leo Fidjeland, participated at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.