Building Communities

Accurate and reliable measurements are one of the foundations of commerce. From scientific discovery to technology innovation, JIMB consortia get everyone on the same page.


Genome in a Bottle (GIAB)

The Genome in a Bottle consortium develops reference materials, methods, and data to assess the accuracy of genome sequencing. GIAB makes it possible to know that human genome sequencing is reported accurately.

External RNA Controls Consortium (ERCC)

The External RNA Controls Consortium builds the measurement assurance tools needed to support reproducible gene expression measurements. ERCC partners from industry, government, and academia develop RNA spike-in controls and establish analytical methods for bringing reproducible gene expression measurements into routine, high-quality practice.




The Build-a-Cell Research Consortium brings together cooperative communities to work toward the grand challenge of constructing synthetic cells.

Minimum Information Standards for Engineered Organism Experiments (MIEO)

The Minimum Information Standard for Engineered Organism Experiments identifies experimental factors that affect the growth and productivity of engineered organisms in small-scale experiments. MIEO enables reproducible performance of engineered organisms and parts across space, time, and conditions of use.



Synthetic Biology Standards Consortium

The Synthetic Biology Standards Consortium convened two open, public workshops in 2015 to bring the synthetic biology community together to identify and prioritize standards needs. Representatives of private companies, academic researchers, and public entities came together, and a set of needs was identified. The SBSC is presently inactive.