Cathal Garvey is a synthetic biologist and one-time bio-entrepreneur with a passion for Free/Libre/Open-Source everything. He spent two years working in a basement on open source biotechnology, mentored the first (neĆ© SynbioAxlr8r) in Cork, and now manages the Cork accelerator programme. He has founded a hackerspace and more recently a bio-makerspace in Cork city. He has spoken about, advocated for, and directly worked to establish a commons of biotechnology, to enable all of humanity to have access to the world’s oldest and most powerful technology.