Registration now open for scale-up and automation & robotics workshops, 24-25 Feb, Manchester
Registration is now open for two KTN, Innovate UK and Dstl organised workshops, being held at the Manchester Institue of Biotechnology on consecutive days.
You are welcome to attend one or both of these events depending on your interest. Please note that you will need to register for both events separately.
Synthetic biology research is conducted at small scale in laboratory conditions. These conditions may not be ideal for subsequent scale-up for commercialization. Chassis selection, media feed stocks and down-stream processes suitable for the laboratory may not be suitable in a production setting. As such, considerations of scale-up must be built in to early stage research to avoid problems, which may impede translation or affect profitability.
This workshop aims to address the knowledge gap between many synthetic biology researchers and the bioprocessing communities. The specific objectives are to:
- Identify common challenges for scale up of synthetic biology products and how these challenges have been addressed in other similar fields;
- Identify areas for consideration in the research phase to accelerate or facilitate translation;
- Support new collaborations between UK synthetic biology researchers and bioprocessing technologists.
The availability of synthetic genes at commodity prices and the possibility of automated (potentially remotely operated laboratories) will be key drivers for synthetic biology over the next three years. This, coupled with innovations in miniaturisation, standardisation and metrology, will realise the vision of taking experimental sciences into the design-test-build era freeing up scientists for creative thinking and design rather than repetitive lab work.The robotics required by synthetic biology are of modest sophistication, but there is a need for simple, easy to use and cost effective off-the-shelf solutions that can be easily integrated as part of an engineering workflow.
This workshop aims to address the knowledge gap between many synthetic biology researchers and the automation and robotics communities. The specific objectives are to:
- Identify common challenges for automation and robotics integration into synthetic biology projects and how these challenges have been addressed in other similar fields;
- Identify areas of added value for automation and robotics and new disruptive technologies that could have a long-term impact on the field;
- Support new collaborations between UK synthetic biology researchers and providers of automation and robotics, and suggest potential ways forward for KTN and Innovate UK.