Great news for Great Britain’s synthetic biology

16/02/2015 - 2 minutes

British government will inject the impressive amount of £40M to reinforce UK’s leading position in synthetic biology.

UK Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced a £40M investment in UK synthetic biology at the Manchester Institute for Biotechnology. The majority of this investment, £32M, will be used to establish three new Synthetic Biology Research Centres at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester and the University of Warwick. The three new centres will receive funding for the next five years to boost national research capacity and to ensure that there is the expertise to nurture the growing synthetic biology industry in the UK.

Business Secretary, Vince Cable, was interviewed at Manchester University:

Previous government investments through the research councils have placed the UK on the leading edge of this area. In fact, synthetic biology has been identified by the UK Government as one of the ‘Eight Great Technologies‘ in which Great Britain could be a world leader.

The investment comes from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC),

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