Johann Bauerfeind learned that biotechnology can be incredibly versatile in 2013 in Berlin, when he got to know the local biohack scene, which had converted an old ladies' toilet in the former Stadtbad-Wedding into a bio lab.
While still a student at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Johann started a student research team for the IGEM competition at MIT, in which hundreds of student teams worldwide build molecular machines based on synthetic biology. During these projects, Johann met his later co-founder Benjamin Herzog. After several excellent projects, Johann co-founded Solaga with Benjamin, which focuses on the application of standardised and customised bioactive microbial materials - in particular microalgal biofilms. In 2018, the first product "Alwe" was released, a living algae image that actively absorbs air pollutants. Johann has been working at the interface between biotechnology and design for some time and also supports the BioLab at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art in Halle-Saale, which was newly founded as part of the BurgLabs initiative, as a research coordinator