The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) would like jointly to invite expressions of interest to establish an IKC in Synthetic Biology.
Synthetic biology is the design and engineering of biologically based parts, novel devices and systems as well as the redesign of existing, natural biological systems. It is an emerging area arising out of the confluence of several core disciplines; biology, engineering, chemistry and ICT, to create new products and processes. The step change in the synthetic biology approach is to engineer biological systems to perform new functions in a modular, reliable and predictable way, allowing modules to be reused in different contexts. It has the potential to deliver important new applications and improve existing industrial processes across many sectors including healthcare, energy, pharmaceuticals, materials and remediation – resulting in economic growth and job creation.