Manchester Institute of Biotechnology

SYNBIOCHEM is hosted by the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), a leading industry interfaced institute driving bio-based chemicals synthesis in the UK. The MIB enjoys a world-class physical infrastructure and an established ‘open’ collaborative culture with strong leadership and stakeholder engagement that is embedded in the foundational and translational multidisciplinary science programmes in the MIB. MIB home page

What is Synthetic Biology?

Synthetic biology (SynBio) is an emerging science which draws on a range of disciplines from genetics, engineering and computing to other forms of biotechnology and biochemistry. Synthetic biology seeks to design and build new living systems and redesign existing biological systems at a molecular, cellular, tissue and organism level for useful purposes through the application of engineering principles of iterative design/build/test cycles and plug-and-play technology.

Synthetic biology 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. SynBio is not only considered as series of potential applications but also as a series of platform technologies, which may enable diverse routes of research and innovation in the field of SynBio.