The SynbiCITE Blog
The latest insights & analyses from the SynbiCITE team
26 blog articles
Engineering Biology: the new IET open access journal
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched a new journal, entitled Engineering Biology, to reflect the fact that synthetic biology/engineering biology is, fundamentally, now widely recognised as a field of engineering.
Shooting for the moon: SynbiCITE share industrial knowledge at GP-write
On May 9th and 10th, 2017 around 250 scientists, industry leaders, policy makers and ethicists gathered at the New York Genome Center for the second meeting of GP-write. GP-write is an open, international collaboration that aims to reduce by 1,000-fold within 10 years the costs of engineering and testing large genomes in cell lines. Dr David McClymont, Head of Automation, The London DNA Foundry, shares his thoughts.
Japanese government delegation seeks SynbiCITE’s advice on start-ups creation and synthetic biology business opportunities
A recent UK visit by a high-level Japanese delegation of government officials and industrialists recognises the tremendous progress the UK has made, building on its established lead in Europe, towards becoming a major global biotech cluster.
Who owns CRISPR?
Who owns CRISPR: this blog looks at the long and contentious battle over the intellectual property rights to this breakthrough technology.
Innovations in cell-free synthetic biology are transforming biotechnology
Richard Kelwick and Professor Paul Freemont comment on The Economist's article on cell-free synthetic biology “Cell-free biotech will make for better products”.
SynBioBeta London 2017
2017 saw another successful year for SynBioBeta London, with synthetic biology researchers, investors and enthusiasts alike flocking to London for lively talks and great networking. Read SynbiCITE's insights on the event here.
Engineering Biology for a Better World
Two recent events saw SynbiCITE working in partnership with OBN to connect with new audiences; a Senior Executive Breakfast at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London in late February, and the BioTuesday on ‘Engineering Biology for a Better World’ at the Mathematical Institute in Oxford in early March. Both drew on the idea of engineering biology as a technology with the power to ‘heal us, feed us and fuel us’.
A look forward to SynBioBeta London 2017
The annual SynBioBeta London Conference, now in its 5th year, will return to London from the 4th-6th April 2017. With this exciting event less than a ...
Investing in a better future: a look forward to the SynbiCITE Investor Breakfast at the House of Lords
Engineering biology is a catalyst for growing the global bioeconomy, and represents a clear money making opportunity. It will shape our future and is ...
Reviewing the IET-SynbiCITE Engineering Biology Conference 2016
December 2016 saw the 1st International Conference on Engineering Biology take place in London. Here we look back over some conference highlights and award winners.
Bio-start: the story so far and looking forward to the final
As 2017 kicks off, we take a look back at the last 4 months of the Bio-start competition, and at what is to come as it progresses this year.
DIY Labware: the advanced cupholder
Sometimes your liquid handling robot needs to be able to use tubes but they have to be placed in exactly the correct position every time. 3D printing ...
Lean LaunchPad for Synthetic Biology Review
As this Autumn’s Lean Launchpad for Synthetic Biology drew to a close, the teams described the lessons learned from the programme. William Pelton who ...
International Genetically Engineered Competition (iGEM) 2016
Attributed to Eleanor Chambers iGEM volunteer The 2016 Giant Jamboree took place at the Hynes Convention Center in downtown Boston last week (Oct 27-...
Synthetic Biology and Biomedicine
Engineering microenvironmental sensitive devices for targeted therapies With rapidly progressing rational design of synthetic devices, synthetic biol...
Synthetic Biology Publications: Top Ten
Synthetic biology first entered the scientific lexicon in 1970s in the wake of the then recent developments in recombinant DNA technology when Waclaw ...
Some Thoughts on the Engineering of Biology
Prof Richard Kitney, Co-Director SynbiCITEIt is almost a decade and a half since Tom Knight introduced the concept of BioBricks, or standard biologica...
Entrepreneur Q&A: Ted Fjallman
Q: What is your background?A: Scientist – I liked physics and genetics, but I was already interested in business and communication (and history) at a ...
Lean LaunchPad for Synthetic Biology Alumni: Where are they now? Part 2
Gabriella Santosa and Florence Gschwend were awarded the prestigious 2016 Althea PrizeIn the latest of our occasional series, we look at past particip...
SynbiCITE Fact-Finding Mission to China
SynbiCITE reports on its recent fact-finding mission to China and the state of Sino-synbio.
CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing partners with CAR-T cell therapy
The CRISPR-Cas9 system has rapidly become an indispensable tool in research labs around the world. Now it is finding an application as a therapeutic.
The Second Human Genome Project: HGP-Write
Professor Paul Freemont discuses the potential sequel to the Human Genome Project: HGP-Write.
IET/SynbiCITE Joint Workshop and Conference on Engineering Biology
SynbiCITE and the IET are planning a joint Engineering Biology workshop and conference for December 2016.
We Use ‘Version Control’ for Synthetic Biology at The Foundry. Here’s Why You Should Too
Drawing inspiration from programming.
Lean LaunchPad for Synthetic Biology Alumni: Where are they now? Part 1
The entrepreneurial programme Lean Launchpad for Synthetic Biology returns to London this autumn. Where are last year's budding entrepreneurs now?
Lean LaunchPad for Synthetic Biology: Autumn 2016
The entrepreneurial programme Lean LaunchPad for Synthetic Biology returns to London this autumn.