The University of Manchester’s, Synthetic Biology Research Centre for Synthetic Biology of Fine and Speciality Chemicals (SYNBIOCHEM), funded by BBSRC/EPSRC (2014-21) is developing new faster, more predictable and reliable “greener” routes to fine and speciality chemicals production.
The Centre’s unique infrastructure is underpinned with chemical expertise for fine and speciality chemicals production which is delivering solutions for the production of commercial flavours and fragrances, drug intermediates and valuable chemicals.
Over the last 5 years the Centre has established an exciting array of experimental capabilities. We have successfully integrated our platforms into a cohesive Design/Build/Test/Learn pipeline for fine and speciality chemicals production. The pipeline has been piloted in a series of grand challenge core projects for important chemical and materials targets.
The Responsible Research and Innovation platform is developing major programmes on the emerging societal, ethical and regulatory aspects faced by SynBio, rapidly advancing new technology. Work programmes led by social scientists and economists include real-time assessment and anticipation of research and innovation trajectories, deliberation and reflection, and collaborative development.