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3rd International IET/SynbiCITE Engineering Biology Conference 2017

Synthetic biology driving industrial translation in the bioeconomy

12 – 13 December 2017 | IET London: Savoy Place

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Tuesday 12 December 2017


Registration and lunch


Welcome and introduction

Professor Richard Kitney, Co-Director, Synthetic Biology Hub, Imperial College, UK
Professor Paul Freemont, Co-Director, Synthetic Biology Hub, Imperial College, UK


Keynote address: Engineering biology for sustainable and advanced manufacturing

Jason Kelly, Co-Founder, Ginkgo Bioworks

14:30 '

Engineering biology: A new manufacturing technology

Digitising DNA – the blueprint of nature - enabling new materials and manufacturing techniques


Session 1: Enabling technologies 1

Innovation driving radical changes in biotechnology

Session 2: Biosensors and Detectors 1

Detection and monitoring in industrial processes


Refreshments and networking break


Session 3: Enabling technologies 2

Software, standards, methodology

Session 4: Biosensors and detectors 2

Applying detection and monitoring to biotechnology


Session 5: Automation and metrology 1

Biology comes of age: from laboratory to manufacturing

Session 6: Industrial scale manufacturing 1

Using engineering biology: from tools and services to processes and products


Poster competition and networking drinks


Close of day one

Wednesday 13 December 2017


Keynote: Engineering biology for healthy living

Christina Smolke, Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, USA


Engineering biology for a healthier future

From gene editing, to new medicines, from detection to treatment, engineering biology enables the design of better healthcare


Session 7: Automation and metrology 2

‘You can only make as well as you can measure’ Whitworth, 1840
Applying engineering standards to biology

Session 8: Industrial scale manufacturing 2

Translating laboratory techniques to industry


Refreshments and networking break


Session 9: Design and computation 1

Data-driven bio-design

Session 10: Industrial biotechnology 1

Cells as factories


Lunch and networking break


Keynote: Engineering biology


Engineering biology: Design, test, build

Analysing complex biological systems using modelling and analytical techniques to assist the design process


Session 11: Design and computation 2

New applications in engineering biology

Session 12: Industrial biotechnology 2

Biology as a fundamental manufacturing process


Refreshments and networking break


Keynote: Biomanufacturing in the 21st Century and beyond

William Bonvillian, Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA


Closing remarks

Programme is correct at time of publication. Topics and speakers are subject to change.

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Early Bird Member - £325

Early Bird Non-member - £395

Standard Member - £375

Standard Non-member - £475

Faculty / Post Doc - £300

Student - £150