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Synthetic Biology: New Collaborations Between Global Leaders

An impact story looking at how the UK and the US are bringing synthetic biology to the forefront of international collaboration.


Synthetic Biology: New Collaborations Between Global Leaders

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Over the course of four years, SIN USA teams worked with the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Research Councils UK in the USA (RCUK USA), Department for International Trade (DIT), and others to bring synthetic biology (synbio) to the forefront of UK-US international collaboration resulting in new UK-US academic research collaborations, academic-industry partnerships, an industry-funded R&D evaluation programme, and business investment into the UK. SIN’s strategic efforts built up a solid foundation of partnerships between two of the world’s leading countries in this exciting new field. A diverse range of stakeholders was drawn in to this work, including academia, industry (from established players to startup companies), and policymakers. Because of SIN’s work, the UK now has access to a wider range of US stakeholders and can leverage the expertise of their American counterparts to propel the science forward.

Published 21 June 2017