The new virtual lab will develop and provide relevant reference materials and methods in the form of a toolbox. Through this, we will aim to improve the reproducibility of research results that will help convert innovation in synthetic biology into valuable products and services across a range of industrial fields, from health to bioenergy.
Establishing industry-led measurements and standards will safeguard the quality and safety of products, and allow companies to maintain competitiveness and enhance innovation. Industry confidence in the higher order biological reference materials that we develop will be ensured through their validation and certification by the UK's National Measurement System. Applications that will benefit most include advanced therapies such as gene, cell and regenerative therapies, as well as the discovery and manufacture of new antibiotics.
Funding for the project is provided as part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund that seeks to help translate the UK's scientific expertise into real life treatments, and will focus on accelerating the application of synthetic biology in life sciences.