New Frontiers in Synthetic Biology Workshops, July 2012

The Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group (SynBio SIG) supported the promotion of the £6.5 million Advancing the industrial application of synthetic biology feasibility funding competition led by the Technology Strategy Board (now known as Innovate UK), through a series of consortia-building workshops.

The workshops enabled delegates to get a better understanding of the competition scope and application process, through presentations from the TSB lead-technologists running this call.

The Biosciences KTN (now part of the KTN) Assistant Director and SynBio SIG Director gave an introduction to the BKTN and SynBio SIG, and explained how they can assist the community with forming consortia and applications to the call.

Market sectors relevant to the SynBio SIG were represented by the involvement of other relevant KTN communities (Chemistry; Environmental Sustainability; Electronics, Sensors, Phototonics; Health; and Nano); industry presentations gave an overview of specific challenges facing a range of commercial sectors and how synthetic biology approaches could help improve future business performance to benefit UK Plc. Presentations considering the ethical, legal and societal issues surrounding the introduction of new technologies were also given.

Delegates had opportunities to present project ideas and core capabilities ahead of facilitated networking sessions to help establish new consortia for the competition.

Below, you will find the programme for the three workshops. To download the presentation you are interested in, simply click on the title.

 

1. New Frontiers in Synthetic Biology, London

Tuesday 10 July 2012 - Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel, London

The workshop booklet is available here.

 

Introduction

Welcome and competition update

Merlin Goldman - Technology Strategy Board

Introducing Biosciences KTN and SynBio SIG

Tom Jenkins - Biosciences KTN

Session 1 - Flash introductions

Giving delegates the opportunity to stand up and give a short overview of expertise

Session 2 - Invited presentations

The Ethics of Synthetic Biology

Marcus Dymond - Southampton University

HealthTech and Medicines KTN

Daniel Smith - HTM-KTN

The use of synthetic biology as a platform technology

Ian Fotheringham - Ingenza

Synthetic Biology and Human Health

Murray Brown - GSK

 

2. New Frontiers in Synthetic Biology Regional workshop - Edinburgh

Tuesday 24 July 2012 - The George Hotel, Edinburgh
The workshop booklet, including presentation abstracts, is available here.

 

Session 1: Introduction and competition scope

Introduction to workshop and SynBio SIG

Gavin Clark & Aurélie Bovi  - SynBio SIG

Scope of competition and rules

Merlin Goldman - TSB

Session 2: Industry sector challenges & opportunities

Introduction to Nano-KTN

Mike Fisher - Nano-KTN

Synthetic Biology Opportunities in Agriculture

Stuart Dunbar - Syngenta

Innovative Technologies for Point-of-Sampling Diagnostics

Devaki Bhatta - Magna Parva Ltd

Session 3 - Part 1: Ethical, Legal and Societal Issues (ELSI)

Smart, Adaptive Governance of Innovative Technologies (SAGIT): Beyond ELSI

Joyce Tait - Innogen

Session 3 - Part 2: Series of delegate pitches

Introduction to ESP-KTN

Anke Lohmann - ESP-KTN

01. Simon Charnock - Prozomix Ltd
02. Grant Sellar - Heriot-Watt University
03. Dominic Campopiano - School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
04. Tom Michoel - The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
05. Stewart Smith - Scottish Microelectronics Centre, University of Edinburgh
06. Glenn Burley - University of Strathclyde
07. Jon Cooper - University of Glasgow
08. Roy Fawcett – Bioparametrics Ltd
09. Susan Rosser – University of Glasgow
10. Andrew Love – James Hutton Institute
11. Claire Marris - King's College, London

 

3. New Frontiers in Synthetic Biology Regional workshop - Manchester

Wednesday 25 July 2012 - The Hilton Deansgate Hotel, Manchester
The workshop booklet, including presentation abstracts, is available here. Further abstracts for the delegate pitches are available here.

 

Session 1: Introduction and competition scope

Introduction to workshop and SynBio SIG

Gavin Clark & Aurélie Bovi - SynBio SIG

Scope of competition and rules

Merlin Goldman - TSB

Session 2: Industry sector challenges & opportunities

Introduction to HTM-KTN

Daniel Smith - HTM-KTN

The Bioenergy Challenge

Lionel Clarke - Shell

Synthetic Biology: combining engineering and biology in the water sector

Chris Jones - Northumbrian Water Ltd

Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Biopharmaceuticals: Gene Expression in Industrially-Relevant Systems

Alan Dickson - University of Manchester

Session 3 - Part 1: Ethical, Legal and Societal Issues (ELSI) and series of delegate pitches

Introduction to ES-KTN

Anne Miller - ES-KTN

Smart, Adaptive Governance of Innovative Technologies (SAGIT): Beyond ELSI

Joyce Tait - Innogen

01. Dejian Zhou - School of Chemistry, University of Leeds
02. Neil Dixon - University of Manchester
03. Pete Cunningham - Chemquip Ltd
04. Andrew  Balmer  - Sociology, University of Manchester
05. David Hornby - University of Sheffield
06. Christopher Thomas - University of Birmingham
07. Farid Khan - Protein Technologies Ltd
08. Keith Davies - University of Hertfordshire
09. Catherine Biggs - University of Sheffield
10. Daniel Kelly - Watkins Grey International Llp
11. Claire Marris - King's College, London
12. Andrew Cuming - University of Leeds

 

For further information about the competition, please visit: http://www.innovateuk.org/content/competition/advancing-the-industrial-application-of-synthetic-.ashx

The Technology Strategy Board has published a "Provisional ethical, social and regulatory (ESR) assessment framework for commercialisation of research findings" for use in the synthetic biology feasibility studies competition 2012. The document is available here.

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