Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology makes significant expansion

January 2, 2019 |

In the UK, the new Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology, launched in December, marks a significant expansion in the College’s activities. The first Synthetic Biology Research Centre opened at Imperial in 2009, funded by the EPSRC.

Synthetic biology will be a really important area both for Imperial, the country and for broader society in the coming years. Professor Nick Jennings Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise)

Since then, government investment has grown, with GBP102 million invested through the Synthetic Biology for Growth Program. This is a reflection of the strategic importance of synthetic biology, which is now worth GBP220 billion to the UK economy.

The expansion of the Centre at Imperial provides a new collective focus for the synthetic biology community at Imperial, which is the largest in the UK with 38 academic groups from seven departments across the Faculties of Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Medicine.

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