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Title: SYNBIOLOGY: An Analysis of Synthetic Biology Research in Europe and North America


1
  • SYNBIOLOGY An Analysis of Synthetic Biology
    Research in Europe and North America
  • Recommendations for Stronger Synthetic Biology
    Research
  • 30th May 2006
  • European Commission, Brussels

2
Stronger Synthetic Biology Research
Discussion Subjects
  • Definition of Synthetic Biology
  • Core Challenges of Synthetic Biology
  • Research Priorities
  • Funding Priorities
  • Training and Education
  • Building Europe/North America Cooperation

3
Stronger Synthetic Biology Research
Definition of Synthetic Biology
  • What is synthetic biology?
  • What is NOT synthetic biology?
  • What defines a synthetic biologist
  • Perceptions by different groups (scientists,
    politicians, policy makers, NGOs)

4
Stronger Synthetic Biology Research
Core Challenges of Synthetic Biology
  • What are the major challenges for the next 5
    years?
  • Ensure security and safety
  • Establish and achieve goal for DNA synthesis low
    cost, very fast synthesis, no errors
  • Develop robust set of well characterized
    standard parts
  • Develop tests for QC of standard parts
  • High cost/long term of research leading to
    sustained funding
  • Identify achievable goals resulting in tangible
    products
  • More?

5
Stronger Synthetic Biology Research
Research Priorities
  • Foundational technologies
  • Health care
  • Materials
  • Environmental
  • Energy
  • Chemistry
  • Ag-Bio
  • More?

6
Stronger Synthetic Biology Research
Funding Priorities
  • Core facilities
  • Equipment
  • Large consortia vs. smaller groups
  • High risk/innovative research vs. lower
    risk/prescribed projects
  • Link with priority research areas
  • How to attract private funding (big business, new
    technology-based firms, equity funding)?

7
Stronger Synthetic Biology Research
Training and Education
  • Curriculum in synthetic biology
  • Attracting young investigators
  • Becoming pro-active in influencing political
    decision-making and in educating the public
  • Educating funding agency administrators
  • IP and legal issues

8
Stronger Synthetic Biology Research
IP and Legal Issues
  • Registry of parts (Open Source Public License)
  • strategic consequences
  • economic consequences
  • is there need for a European registry?
  • Speeding Up Industrial Property Rights in SB1
  • how to disseminate and act
  • Private sector requirements for strategic patent
    portfolio

9
Stronger Synthetic Biology Research
Building Europe/North America Cooperation
  • What are the barriers and how to overcome them?
  • Actors interested in cooperation vs competition
    for a future growth market
  • Funding of joint symposia and workshops
  • Funding of collaborative research projects
  • Provide funding for EU post-docs to train/teach
    in North America
  • Identify common priorities with buy-in from
    senior officials of funding agencies in both
    regions
  • Lessons from iGEM
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