The Synthetic Biology Hub at Imperial College London is comprised of five 'branches' which together create a centre of excellence for synthetic biology in the UK.
- The Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation
- The Foundry
- Frontiers Engineering
- The Flowers Consortium
The Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation is the academic branch of the Hub, undertaking basic research into developing new tools for synthetic biology such as biological part libraries, CAD software, computational models and automation. This will allow future generations to build new biology in a fast, affordable and robust manner. CSynBI is also applying synthetic biology to generate biological solutions to the worlds needs.
SynbiCITE, the Innovation and Knowledge Centre, based at Imperial aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry to speed up developments in new synthetic biology technologies. This is complemented by the DNA Synthesis and Construction Foundry, a facility that is establishing a common framework to build DNA by using an automated robotic system. The hope is that synthetic biologists will be able to scale up the volumes of DNA produced to more easily test their new function. This is further complemented by Frontiers Engineering, an initiative which is facilitating the transition from oil-based to bio-based process feed stocks.
In addition, Imperial is proud to be part of the Flowers Consortium; a collaboration between five leading UK universities which is dedicated to creating a UK Infrastructure for synthetic biology.