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Based at Imperial College in London, SynbiCITE is the Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) for Synthetic Biology funded by the UK Research Councils, EPSRC and BBSRC, and Innovate UK.

SynbiCITE is the UK’s national centre for the commercialisation of synthetic biology. The prime objective of SynbiCITE is to accelerate and promote the commercial exploitation of synthetic biology research and technology. SynbiCITE’s role as nucleating point for this rapidly emerging industry is designed in time to deliver sustained and substantial benefits to the UK economy.

SynbiCITE is a unique collaboration of UK’s leading academic institutions and industrial partners, ranging from start-ups to large multinational companies, and supporting organizations including the Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Regional Governments and the Greater London Authority.

SynbiCITE is one of seven IKCs set up to nucleate new industries, by closing the gap between scientific research and its commercial exploitation. IKCs are a key component of the UK's approach to the commercialisation of emerging technologies through creating early stage critical mass in an area of disruptive technology. SynbiCITE was set up in 2013 with a £28 million commitment over 5 years comprising of grants from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Innovate UK and its industrial and academic partners.

SynbiCITE and our partners, across the UK and globally, are committed to developing this technology through responsible innovation, which encompasses ethical, societal and environmental considerations.


Our goals

The vision for SynbiCITE is to create a globally renowned national resource of interacting partners from academia, industry and business which accelerates the commercialisation of world-class science and the emerging technologies encompassed by synthetic biology into new products, tools, process and products.


Our partners

Our Partners include academic institutions, companies and supporting organizations from across the UK.

SynbiCITE’s success is highly dependent on its wide range of academic and industrial partners - including our large corporate partners and also our network of innovative small to medium sized companies - who are collaborating with us to develop and commercialize synthetic biology research, identify routes to market and develop core skills. These relationships are strong and mutually beneficial – some are built on close connections nurtured over many years whilst others are just beginning. If you would like to know more about opportunities to partners with SynbiCITE (please contact us).

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Our team

Our team works in close collaboration with our partners to accelerate the translation of their research into the market place.

SynbiCITE has brought people together from different backgrounds, skills, experience, sectors and organisations into a creative environment to drive the adoption of new technology and business models. SynbiCITE is able to provide our partners business expertise in market and business analysis, marketing, and PR and IP management.

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