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Mathematical Modelling for Synthetic Biology

IET/SynbiCITE Engineering Biology Conference
IET Savoy place, London
13-15 Dec 2016
What is engineering biology? 
Synthetic biology, the engineering of biology, can be defined as “the design and engineering of biologically based parts, novel devices and system, as well as the redesign of existing, natural biological systems”. In January 2013 the British Government defined synthetic biology as one of its “Eight Great Technologies”. More recently, the importance of the bio-economy has been recognised on both sides of the Atlantic - with the overall current bio-economy in the UK estimated to be around £150 billion (with the overall EU sitting at €2.1 Trillion), and increasing rapidly. It is now clear that engineering biology will be a key driver in the growth of the bio-economy. 

So why is engineering biology important to me? 
I’ve attached a general flyer about this event, but the field of engineering biology will have very significant impact on a wide range of industrial areas, hence there are opportunities in a range of fields, including mathematical modelling. At the heart of engineering biology is systematic design. This involves the application of the design cycle comprising specifications, design, mathematical modelling, implementation and testing and validation. Mathematical modelling is, therefore, an essential part of the design and implementation process. There are major opportunities for companies working in the field of mathematical modelling.
OK, I get it. So tell me about the conference.
The aim of this conference is to address key areas in the engineering of biology/synthetic biology. The programme includes detailed presentations by leading international workers in the field. However, an important aim of the conference is to involve and inform engineers, scientists and industrialists who are not currently working in the field – as well as policy and decision makers, and the investment community. The conference will show how synthetic biology is quickly evolving and accelerating towards amazing new frontiers in the engineering biology and how this is leading to industrial translation in terms of new processes and products - and economic impact. The global market for synthetic biology by 2020 is estimated to be around $38b – i.e. a 44.2% CAGR (2014-2020 (Source: Applied Market Research.com).
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