Philip Shapira is co-organising a session at the prestigious 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Seattle this week (Feb 2020) entitled “The Biological Engineering Revolution: Strategies for Sustainable Scale-up”.

The symposium is exploring the development and scale-up of these new biological engineering approaches, as well as the application of these methods for creating chemicals, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, and other commodities. It is also looking at strategies to embed responsible, sustainable, and inclusive innovation in product design and deployment.

The session will share leading-edge industry, academic and laboratory perspectives on the opportunities and challenges presented by biological engineering, and speakers will discuss the growing roles of machine learning and automation in accelerating the design of new biomolecules for industry. During the session a paper led by Nicholas Matthews, a doctoral researcher at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, is being presented.