The Centre was opened by Caroline Strain, Head of Chemical Sciences, Scottish Enterprise and was followed by a series of talks on the Centre’s research activities, and the national and international perspectives of the opportunities afforded by synthetic biology for industry and society.
The Centre aims to pioneer the development of the tools and technologies needed to realise the full potential of synthetic biology in mammalian systems. This will provide unprecedented insight into biological systems, underpin advances in human and animal health and wellbeing, and ultimately drive economic growth.
The keynote speaker and guest of honour for day was Professor Martin Fussenegger, ETH Zurich, one of the leaders in the field.
Edinburgh’s growing community of synthetic biologists will benefit from the complete refurbishment of the Roger Land building at Edinburgh University's King's Buildings science campus. This refurbishment was possible with generous funding from the BBSRC and the University of Edinburgh The Head of College, Professor Lesley Yellowlees will oversee the building’s opening, which will be performed by Dr Rowan McKibbin, Head of Strategy for Genomics, Data and Technologies, BBSRC.