Glen Gowers is a co-founder of Basecamp Research. The inception of Basecamp Research began on the ‘Return to Vatnajokull’ ski expedition led by Glen and his co-founder Oliver which retraced a 1932 route. They lived on the ice cap for a whole month and became the first to conduct fully off-grid DNA sequencing in a polar environment, opening up entirely new avenues to explore novel biodiversity at the genetic level. Glen and his co-founder Oliver met over 10 years ago whist completing their degrees in biochemistry and engineering, respectively, at the University of Oxford. Glen also has a PhD in synthetic biology from Imperial College London.