Innovation and Knowledge Centre in Synthetic Biology

Innovation and Knowledge Centre in Synthetic Biology

02 Nov 2012

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the Technology Strategy Board are jointly inviting expressions of interest to establish an Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) in Synthetic Biology.

Synthetic Biology is the design and engineering of biologically based parts, novel devices and systems as well as the redesign of existing, natural biological systems.  It is an emerging area arising out of the confluence of several core disciplines (biology, engineering, chemistry and ICT) to create new products and processes.  It has the potential to deliver important new applications and improve existing industrial processes across many sectors including healthcare, energy, pharmaceuticals, materials and remediation – resulting in economic growth and job creation.

Led by academic institutions, IKCs are intended to accelerate the commercialisation of world class science and emerging technologies into new products, processes or services.  Designed to foster collaboration and deliver competitive advantage to the businesses with whom they interact, IKCs possess expert knowledge and understanding of core science and technologies.

The UK Roadmap for Synthetic Biology recommended that an IKC be established in synthetic biology to provide the important function of academic / business integration.  To implement that recommendation, up to £10m of funding will be provided over an initial 5 years to help commercialise synthetic biology technologies in a responsible way.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 20th December 2012.

For more details of this invitation please visit:

To see the UK Roadmap for Synthetic Biology please visit: (

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Last updated on Friday 02 November 2012 at 14:13

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