Biosyn was a genetics company similar to InGen. The main building of the corporation stood in Cupertino, California. The company is known to steal ideas from other scientists. It is known as the only bio-tech company which employs more lawyers than scientists.
The company was based in Cupertino, CA, and was headed by Bill Steingarten during the events of the novel. Primarily competed with fellow genetic engineering company, International Genetics Technologies (InGen), Biosyn tried to keep up with their competition through their head of product development, Dr. Lewis Dodgson. Dodgson himself had a checkered history, and extended such a reputation under his work at Biosyn, including incidents of introducing a modified form of the rabies virus to farmers in Chile without the latters’ knowledge or consent. Dodgson also involved himself in corporate espionage schemes for Biosyn that involved recovering developing technology from rival companies and then re-engineering the technology in such as way as to avoid a lawsuit. Two notable incidents occurred due to these activities. Biosyn sent Dr. Lewis Dodgson to meet with Dennis Nedry, a computer programmer, to give him the transportation device for the embryos, paying Nedry $750,000 up front and then $50,000 for each of the 15 embryos and for each viable embryo an additional $50,000 extra for a total of $1.5 Million dollars in total for his help. Biosyn never received the precious embryos. After Dennis Nedry shuts down the park (later leading to complete disaster), he enters the Dilophosaurus territory, which has a beach at which he planned to hand over the embryos to a Biosyn accomplice. Nedry is killed by a Dilophosaurus, and the canister containing the embryos is buried in mud, completely ruining Biosyn's chance of success. The result was several deaths, the destruction of the Isla Nublar facilities, and the bankruptcy of InGen.
The name 'Biosyn' is never heard in the film, but the sequence of events is more or less the same as in the novel.
By the time of this novel, Jeff Rossiter has become the head of Biosyn.
After the Isla Nublar Incident Biosyn has tried many times to get the InGen technology. They paid $500,000 to the Dai-Ichi bureau to buy InGen (which was going bankrupt), but the Japanese creditors wouldn't sell.
Howard King, a biologist of Biosyn, was about to be fired because his research on blood-coagulation factors failed. But Dodgson offered to help him if Howard would help him with his espionage.
Biosyn has hired the famous scientist George Baselton to improve its image.
Dodgson, King and Baselton travel to Isla Sorna to claim the discovery of the dinosaurs. The company plans to use dinosaurs as its prime testing organism; because the dinosaurs are artificial they probably don't have ethic value. The team also tries to steal dinosaur eggs, which utterly fails. All three have died by the end of the book.
Jurassic Park inspired games Edit
- Jurassic Park 2: The Chaos Continues featured a cinematic opening explaining that the main competitor of InGen, Biosyn, is sending in troops and scientists in an attempt to gain control of Isla Nublar for their own purposes. They serve as the main antagonists of the game.
- In the Sega CD Jurassic Park game, the player would battle against Biosyn soldiers near the end of the game and use their helicopter to get out from Isla Nublar.
- In the intro video of the Human Hunter level of The Lost World video game the name Piaseckyj P. is shown, and the description says: "Possible Biosyn spy".
- In Jurassic Park: Trespasser a crashed helicopter with a Biosyn logo can be found on Isla Sorna. Harold Greenwood was probably a spy of Biosyn.
- "BioSyn" stands for Biology Synthetics Technologies, Inc.
- There exists a company in Lewisville (Texas) named Bio-Synthesis, Biosyn for short. Their website is biosyn.com.
- Next, Michael Crichton's final work prior to his death, features a brief mention of a "BioSyn" corporation. This means that Next may in fact take place in a shared universe with Jurassic Park and The Lost World. This would be the only known link between two Crichton novels outside of the aforementioned Jurassic Park novels.