Artificial enzymes to be developed in Munich with new Synbio Programme

11/05/2016 - 2 minutes

Biological systems that could produce insulin out of greenhouse gas – this is one of the goals of the new €11.5M Synthetic Biology programme, at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

munich_tum_synbio_biocatalysis_structuralThe Technical University of Munich (TUM) has many research highlights, including CAR-T research with impressive results.

It has recently created the TUM School of Bioengineering (MSB), which will now have an important addition – a new programme in Synthetic Biology.

SynBio is an exciting field, integrating research in biochemistry, bioinformatics, catalysis and industrial Biotech (here is a handy guide). It has been used to produce expensive fine chemicals, antioxidants and even innovative materials.

The launch of the programme was helped by the €11.5M donation of Werner Siemens Foundation (Switzerland), which supports innovative technological and scientific projects at universities.

This new money will be used to upgrade existing laboratories, as well as build a specialized SynBio laboratory for students.

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