29 February 2024

Engineering Biology: Translation from Academia to Industry

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SCI's Engineering Biology Group

SCI, London, UK

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Engineering Biology is an important and fast developing technology. It is “the application of rigorous engineering principles to the design of biological systems, with the objective of contributing to economic activity and sustainable and resource-efficient solutions to the societal challenges faced in food, chemicals, materials, water, energy, health and environmental protection.”

To address the challenges within this field, ideas need to get out of the lab and into industry to scale up. This event will allow academics to share their ideas and requirements for scale up with industrial partners and for SMEs and large companies to highlight previous advancements in the field using collaboration and share the lessons learned from those.

In addition, the UK government recently publishing their vision for engineering biology, which has set out £2B of funding over the next decade. This event will have representatives from DSIT to discuss how funding will be distributed as well as being part of a Q&A panel at the end of the day.


Registration is encouraged from potential users or practitioners of Engineering Biology principles as well as those who are already using such approaches. This includes those who have successfully implemented and scaled engineering approaches to biological systems, those who have progressed but got stuck along the way, and those who are just considering incorporating Engineering Biology within their business and want to find out more!


Please note that this event is targeted at delegates who are active in relevant industry sectors and overall places will be limited. Therefore, SCI reserves the right to request additional information about a delegate’s experience prior to confirming their place.


Thursday 29 February

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and Introduction
David Bott, SCI
Scaling Engineering Biology with CPI
Matthew McCann, CPI Enterprises
The NW Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Catalyst; Industry Led, Academic Fed
Aline Miller, University of Manchester
Transforming Beauty: The Synthetic Biology Frontier
Manuel Rios Krauss, Deep Blue Biotech
Refreshment Break
A million shades of green: Harnessing plant metabolic diversity for therapeutic applications
Anne Osbourn, John Innes Centre
HydRegen: taking a biotechnology from academic research to commercialisation
Holly Reeve, HydRegen
Solving the Big Food 'Trilemma' - From Laboratory to Industry
Alex Nicholls, The Supplant Company
The UK’s National Vision for Engineering Biology
Mark Renshaw, DSIT
UKI2S – venture backing for high impact biology based ventures
Oliver Sexton, UKI2S
Engineering Biology for crop protection
Lauren Ray, Syngenta
Refreshment break
Translating academic research in Engineering Biology: Opportunities, Obstacles, and Experiences
Harrison Steel, University of Oxford
Beyond the Hype: Avoiding techno-economic calamity
Alex Conradie, UCL
Panel Discussion
Jack Weaver, DSIT; Paul Mines, IBLF; Damian Kelly, Croda; Sara Holland, Potter Clarkson
Networking wine reception

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14/15 Belgrave Square

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Non-member - £50
Student Member - £0

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Organising committee
    • Markus Pompejus, BASF
    • Darren Budd, BASF
    • Ted Chapman, GSK
    • Ian Fotheringham, Ingenza
    • Martin Hayes, Johnson Matthey
    • Karolina Korzycka, P&G
    • Neil Parry, Unilever
    •  David Bott, SCI