Synthetic biology aims at the rational design of biological systems and living organisms using engineering principles, to achieve new useful functions in a modular, reliable and predictable way. It has the potential to drive a new industrial revolution in biotechnology, with applications in many sectors, including healthcare, sustainable energy, green chemistry, pharmaceuticals, novel materials and bioremediation.
Synthetic biology requires cutting-edge research at the interface of biology, engineering, chemistry and computing science. The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology has assembled one of the strongest interdisciplinary teams with world-class expertise in all these areas in a single state-of-the-art facility. Centre for Synthetic Biology of Fine and Speciality Chemicals (SYNBIOCHEM) based at the MIB is actively engaged in challenging research projects that enable us to make significant advances in science to benefit industry and society. We currently maintain a portfolio that is already providing synbio solutions to the green manufacture of fine chemicals, therapeutic small molecules and new routes to biofuels.
Strategic links in this field have been developed with a number of SMEs as well as large global companies through regular Industry Days bringing together academia and industry in focussed groups to explore future perspectives in synthetic biology. In addition we have links with international Centres of Excellence including the Austrian Centre for Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB), CSIRO biofuels cluster in Australia, SynBerc in the US, Beijing Genomics Institute and the Chinese Academy of Sciences as well as several SynBio centres across Europe.
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MIB-based Synthetic Biology Researchers
SYNBIOCHEM Directors SYNBIOCHEM Director of Operations
Professor Nigel Scrutton Dr Rosalind Le Feuvre
Professor Eriko Takano
Professor Nicholas Turner
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