Accurate and reliable measurements are one of the foundations of commerce. JIMB's standards for biology get everyone on the same page.

Synthetic Biology Biometrology Metrology

The Genome in a Bottle (GIAB) 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.


The Minimum Information Standard for Engineered Organism Experiments (MIEO) 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.

Build a Synthetic Cell
Synthetic Biology Standards

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


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.


The External RNA Controls Consortium (ERCC) 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.