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News from Conservation X Labs

The January 2024 edition of IUCN Member Conservation X Labs‘ conservation technology newsletter, the Lemur Conspiracy.

Roddenberry Prize awarded to science and technology ventures

Conservation X Labs and its spin-out, Thylacine Biosciences, was one of five finalists awarded part of the $1.5 million Roddenberry Prize for audacious early-stage science and technology ventures that contribute to the United Nations Development Goals (UN SDGs). 

Prize candidates were selected from an incredibly competitive process featuring ventures nominated by over 300 venture capitalists, impact investors, and foundations in 18 countries. 

The award recognized our efforts in creating the NABIT, our device that addresses multiple problems, including biodiversity loss, food insecurity, and disease spread and spillover. Our aim is to democratize genetics for planetary health through a battery-powered, portable instrument designed for easy-to-use genetic testing in the field. Read the full story.

A Komodo dragon, classified as Endangered by IUCN as of 2021 due to the impacts of climate change and habitat loss, poses in Bali. This is where our team recently hosted our Indonesia Fire Little Think to uncover the issues facing this key region as we develop and design the Fire Grand Challenge.

This March, our team hosted a Big Think to design the Fire Grand Challenge at Tomales Bay in California. Experts from the Amazon, Indonesia, and Western North America joined together to define the focus of the Challenge to determine where there is opportunity for innovation. Watch a video showcasing a few of our Think participants.

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