4, 5, 6 December 2018
Cambridge, UK

Wolfson College, Cambridge

Synthetic Biology for New Materials


  • Existing and emerging applications of synthetic biology
  • The emergence and disruption of new value chains to multiple markets
  • Contextual examples outlining application challenges and opportunities

Synthetic biology can broadly be described as the engineering of biological systems. We are now starting to see synthetic biology being used to manufacture products which have historically been made through chemical processing or traditional agriculture. Known as biomanufacturing, this shift is resulting in the emergence of new value chains. Biomanufacturing has the capability to produce meat without animals, eggs without chickens, fragrances without plants and leather without cows, greatly impacting a wide range of industries. There is also the capability to introduce new materials which cannot be manufactured in any other way. However, there are a number of issues which need to be addressed.

The topics covered are:

  • An introduction to synthetic biology
  • CRISPR: A tool for engineering biology
  • Engineering biology for food and agriculture
  • Engineering biology for human therapeutics
  • Engineering biology for specialty chemicals
  • Engineering biology for biobased polymers

This forum will give an introduction to how synthetic biology works, and how it can be leveraged to engineer new materials. Case studies in producing materials, pharmaceuticals and agricultural products will be discussed. This forum will detail the factors behind the rise of commercial biomanufacturing and the potential impact on different industries.

For those attending.

  • The PDF files of the presentations will be available to download from this website after the sessions are ended.


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Forum 6 / Agenda

6 December / Afternoon

Please join IDTechEx Analysts for lunch and networking from 13:00-14:00


  • 13:00 - 14:00
  • Lunch, networking and registration
    for the afternoon session
  • 14:00 - 14:15

Introduction to synthetic biology

Compiled by Dr Nadia Tsao, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Introduction to synthetic biology
  • Opportunities
  • Enabling technologies
  • Key drivers and barriers
  • 14:15 - 14:45

Tools & techniques

Compiled by Dr Nadia Tsao, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Introduction to synthetic biology tools and techniques
  • Overview of gene editing and CRISPR-Cas9
  • Use and optimization of cell factories
  • The future of the design build test cycle
  • 14:45 - 15:30

Applications and Regulations: Food, Agriculture and Therapeutics

Compiled by Dr Nadia Tsao, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Overview of synthetic biology in food and agriculture
  • Overview of synthetic biology in human therapeutics
  • Case studies
  • Key trends and barriers
  • Regulation of genetic engineering and genetically engineered organisms in food, agriculture and therapeutics
  • 15:30 - 16:00
  • Networking break
  • 16:00 - 17:00

Biobased chemicals and polymers

Compiled by Dr Bryony Core, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Overview of synthetic biology specialty chemicals
  • Overview of biobased polymers
  • Overview of synthetic biology in biobased polymers
  • Case studies
  • Key trends and barriers
  • 17:00 - 17:30

Conclusions

Compiled by Dr Bryony Core, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Market drivers and restraints
  • Outstanding opportunities
  • 17:30 - 17:45
  • Questions & Answer
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Timings and the agenda are subject to change

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