Realising the potential of synthetic biology for health


While still in its infancy, mammalian synthetic biology has a very wide range of potentially game-changing applications. These include development of novel biosensors and diagnostics, synthetic vaccines, cell therapies and for improved bioprocessing.

Research tools






Novel cell-based assays to improve testing of drug efficacy safety. Cells engineered to detect and respond to biomarkers of disease or hallmarks of infection. Autologous or allogeneic human cells engineered to replace functions lost in disease. Synthetic modifications to industrial production systems to increase yield and reduce cost of biologics.
Drug-inducible controllers of cell behaviour. Cells engineered to respond to harmful toxins in the environment. Stem cell therapy using modified stem cells to replace lost or damaged tissues. Engineering cells to produce novel next-generation biologics (antibody fragments, nanobodies, peptides).
Self-assembling organoids for improving drug testing.   Synthetic vaccines to treat rapidly emerging infectious disease in humans and livestock.