SYNBIOCHEM – Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre for Fine and Speciality Chemicals

SYNBIOCHEM is a UK/European Centre of Excellence for the synthetic Biology of fine and speciality chemicals production (including new products and intermediates for drug development, agrochemical and new materials for sustainable bio-manufacturing). Through active collaborations with a large variety of industry partners SYNBIOCHEM is harnessing the power of SynBio to propel chemicals/natural products production towards ‘green’ and more sustainable manufacturing processes.

The Centre has developed a unique series highly integrated interdisciplinary technology platforms and a truly world-leading physical infrastructure for contemporary fine and speciality chemicals production.

The emerging societal, ethical, and regulatory challenges (Responsible Research and Innovation, RRI) associated with this rapidly advancing new technology are addressed in close interaction with social scientists and economists across The University of Manchester.

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY  is an emerging science that has the capacity to transform the UK and European industrial landscape in sustainable manufacturing process across all industrial sectors, including healthcare, sustainable energy, green chemistry, pharmaceuticals, novel materials and bioremediation. Synthetic Biology requires cutting-edge research at the interface of biology, engineering, chemistry and computing science.

The creation of new biologically based parts, devices and systems and/or the redesign of existing natural biological systems for useful purposes. Applying engineering principles of iterative Design/Build/Test cycles and plug-and-play.”