The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology and the development of an open community and collaboration.

iGEM runs three main programs:

  • iGEM Competition - an international competition for students interested in the field of synthetic biology

  • Labs Program - a program for academic labs to use the same resources as the competition teams

  • Registry of Standard Biological Parts - a growing collection of genetic parts use for building biological devices and systems