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Pilus Energy is converging existing and new technologies into an innovative electrogenic bioreactor (EBR) powered by Bacterial Robotics
Ian Harrison
Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
4 Team Members
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raised by 95 people in 1 month
21% funded
No time left
$50,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on December 25, 2013
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  • $1USD
    Be a part of history!

    We will personally thank you on our website. As long as the site stays up your contribution will be commemorated. Pledge $10 and we'll give you a shout out on Facebook, or Twitter.

    15 out of 50000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $10USD

    We'll mail you stickers of RemediBot (Remi for short) the Ford pickup truck of the synthetic biology world, and Galvani, the Tesla model S.

    19 out of 5000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $25USD
    Live Event!

    How to Build a BactoBot Our resident genetic genius Dr. Pablo Pomposiello will host a live stream teaching about the process of making a BactoBot. Receive exclusive access to this event. PLUS a video recording of stream.

    4 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $25USD
    The Sentimentalist

    You'll receive a Polaroid picture (so you know your picture is unique) from one of our future pilot sites along with a map with the funder's name on it showing where it was taken (could be India, China, Ohio who knows). As an added bonus if the location is remote you will get some fun foreign stamps! On the back of the map would be a hand written letter about what the photographer was seeing and experiencing as they took the photo. PLUS we'll throw in a mini-EBR

    15 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $80USD

    Along with stickers of both our BactoBots, Remi and Galvani, you'll also get our "Bioconversion Happens" T-shirt in the color and style of your choice, PLUS a BactoBot 3D printed figurine. An aspiring synthetic biologist would go nuts for this stuff *HINT HINT Mom and Dad* PLUS we'll throw in a mini-EBR

    4 out of 750 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $250USD
    Synthetic Biology Art!

    For the more artistic design buffs you'll have a variety of genetic themed pieces of art to choose from including 3D printed double helixes or the genetic sequence from our patent displayed in a variety of artistic media depending on your preference. We'll have it ready in time for the holidays! Check out this site to see what some of the pieces look like: http://sciencetothepowerofart.com/

    3 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $250USD
    EBR Educational Product

    Along with the previous "Swag" perk you'll also get a disassembled EBR educational product and blueprints. You can use this little fuel cell (~10x bigger than the mini-EBR) to teach others about this technology using bacteria from your own backyard! We'll teach you how!!

    3 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $500USD
    Meet the team!

    Come to Cincinnati and take a tour of the EPA Testing & Evaluation facility where we'll be working. You'll meet Pilus Energy and EPA staff, watch the Pilus presentation in person, stand beside a pilot of the technology created by Pilus, and leave with exclusive Pilus materials signed by the whole team. Documentation of this tour will be included in Pilus digital archives. PLUS Pilus Design Package perk, access to $25 live stream. This is one of the best value perks we've got!

    0 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $600USD
    Be Creative!

    Declare your love for someone or leave a message for your kids to decode in ten years time!! You will receive a vial containing a tweet size (140 characters) of your desired message printed in DNA! We will use Craig Venter's ASCII->DNA translation table to transform the message to DNA. We can then send you the vial or encase it in a jewelry. If you come up with a good message this could make an AMAZING Valentine's Day gift..

    0 out of 75 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $750USD
    BactoBot Septic System License

    You will receive a personal license to Pilus Energy's BactoBot platform plus an EBR. Do not be fooled by the bland title and description, this is the real deal giving you the right to use our BactoBots in a septic system size reactor, which would probably be big enough for the organic waste of several households. With this perk you can be a true early adopter, possibly the first in the history of mankind to utilize synthetic biology for waste remediation in this manner.

    8 out of 75 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $9,999USD

    Your name (or anything under 30 characters) will be written, in DNA, into the genome of one of our BactoBots! As part of the DNA construct we will add a watermark section using the same methods used by Craig Venter's team. We will add the names or any remarks from this group of backers in DNA to the final design and do PR around the messages - a unique opportunity to spread your message! Plus we'll pretty much give you free reign to choose from any of the previous perks.

    0 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $10,000USD
    The VIP Experience

    1) We will put you and three friends up in a 5 star hotel in Cincinnati where you can see where it all began, meet with some of the founders, and see all that the Midwest has to offer (King's Island has some of THE best rollercoasters anywhere. OR 2) For $15k we will fly you and a friend to Madrid to hang out with our genetic superstar Dr. Pomposiello where he will show you all the secrets of biotechnology. You'll also have catered lunches, a spa day, and ride scooters around Madrid.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $400,000USD
    The Philanthromanitarian

    Ok Indiegogo won't let us put in more than $10K but for $400K We will build an EBR in a rural community (pretty much) anywhere in the world. One option would be to collaborate on a project in Rwanda with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, who we have considered working with in the past. That being said if you're paying you can decide where!

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2015
  • $1,000,000USD
    Save the world


    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2015
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