Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced £40M investment in UK synthetic biology at the Manchester Institute for Biotechnology, where researchers are using the technology to investigate how to use bacteria in place of fossil fuels to produce the chemicals we need to manufacture a wide variety of everyday products from credit cards, to nappies, to Tupperware tubs. Dr Cable announced £32M to establish three new Synthetic Biology Research Centres at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester and the University of Warwick.
Cutting-edge molecular biology laboratories and office space for growing biotechnology businesses were formally opened today at the Babraham Research Campus, home to the BBSRC-supported Babraham Institute. The Bennet Building was funded by BBSRC and is a flagship development in a £44M programme of public investment in the Babraham Research Campus.
BBSRC has published its latest Impact Report highlighting widespread impacts from investments, including impacts on industry, policy making, and research infrastructure and capacity. World class bioscience research drives the UK's growing bioeconomy and lies at the heart of key areas of social policy.