April 22nd To 23rd, Imperial College London

Welcome to the third year of SynBioBeta London where the synthetic biology community will gather to hear from the companies commercializing their cutting edge research. Join the entrepreneurs and thought-leaders infusing new biological technologies into the bioeconomy. The event is being hosted by SynbiCITE, the Innovation and Knowledge Centre at Imperial College London dedicated to promoting the adoption and use of synthetic biology by industry.

If you have questions about this past conference please contact us.

Download Program Guide

Download the final program that was given to all attendees.

Who Should Attend?

  • Startups: Meet the investors ready to fund your team.
  • Industry: Network with industry leaders and potential partners.
  • Investors: Meet the new startups on the scene.
  • Partners & Tech Scouts: Learn about the latest technology in the field.
  • Academics, Students & Biohackers: Follow the path to commercializing your IP.
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SynBioBeta London 2015 Speakers

SynBioBeta London 2015 Schedule

Day 1 – Wednesday, April 22, 2015

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Registration & Exhibits

1:30 pm – 1:40 pm

Welcome by SynBioBeta & SynbiCITE team

1:40 pm – 2:45 pm

Session 1: Lean LaunchPad for Synthetic Biology

 The Lean LaunchPad technique, first pioneered in software engineering, has recently been used at Imperial College London for synthetic biology startup creation. Come discover the lessons learned from the top three teams who took part in the program as they share their pitfalls and breakthroughs.

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Keynote Presentation


3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Break & Exhibits

4:00 pm – 5:05 pm

Session 2: Food & Agriculture

 Join us as we take a walk through the latest cutting edge technologies and how they are solving key issues in both food and agriculture. Topics in this session will range from gene editing to sustainable scale up and production.

5:05 pm – 5:15 pm

Wrap up for Day 1


5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Exhibits & Twist Welcome Reception


Day 2 – Thursday, April 23, 2015

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Breakfast & Exhibits

9:00 am – 9:05 am


 Steve Chambers, SynbiCITE

9:05 am – 10:10 am

Session 3: Automation

 Dive into the minds of the most progressive companies in the industry. Hear about how they have pushed the envelope to make biology easier to engineer through automation, synthesis, and new tools enabling the bioeconomy. A variety of recent developments will be shared, from new hardware devices to new ways to synthesize DNA through to high-throughput testing and production.

10:10 am – 10:55 am

Break & Exhibits

10:55 am – 12:00 pm

Session 4: Pharma & Healthcare

 Come learn how synthetic biology is helping to construct the latest pharmaceuticals and is improving lives through novel healthcare products. Staying competitive is key as new companies are entering the market with cutting edge tools and solutions. This session will also give you insight into how pharma and healthcare companies are retooling to increase productivity and rate of discovery.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch & Exhibits

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Session 5: Investor Roundtable – Panel Discussion

 In this interactive panel, you will gain access to investors in synthetic biology as they share their experience, with a particular focus on those funding companies based in the U.K. and Europe. Discussions will include specific investment trends as well as valuable insight into where the industry is heading.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Session 6: News & Views

 In this lightning talk session, you will have a chance to hear from the newest startups in the synthetic biology community, receive critical updates from the industry’s leading companies, and discover upcoming trends. All in addition to receiving a current market overview of the industry.

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Break & Exhibits

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 7: International Strategies – Panel Discussion

 Join us as we cover the ever-changing landscape of policy and international strategies. We will explore current and future strategies as the panel delves into what it takes to keep the synthetic biology industry thriving.

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Session 8: Designing Biology – Panel Discussion

 Synthetic biology is maturing as a discipline as ideologies are iterated, products come to market and design complexity increases. Now the sweeping promises of a biological future need iteration too. What are we going to design with biology? This panel provides multiple perspectives on the potential role of design in biology.

4:45 pm – 4:50 pm

Wrap Up

4:50 pm – 6:00 pm

Cocktail Reception


Event Hosts

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Program Committee

  • James Brown, Knowledge Transfer Network
  • Lisa Caproni, Touchlight Genetics
  • Stephen Chambers,SynbiCITE
  • John Collins, SynbiCITE
  • John Cumbers, SynBioBeta

  • Tim Fell, Synthace
  • Paul Freemont, Imperial College London
  • Richard Kitney, Imperial College London
  • Michael Koeris, Biotech Start


Pre Register Before February 1st

Early Bird Before April 10th

Regular After April 10th





Queen’s Tower RoomsSherfield Building
South Kensington Campus
Imperial College London
Exhibition Road

What’s Included?

Conference registration includes access to all the sessions, continental breakfast, breaks, lunch, cocktail receptions and a conference guide.


If you can’t attend the conference, then you are welcome to substitute your ticket with somebody else. Please just let us know by e-mailing Kate Wildauer. If you have to cancel more than 30 days before the conference then you’ll receive a refund minus a $50 administrative fee. Sorry, but we can’t accept cancellations within 30 days of the conference. We also reserve the right to make changes to the program and speakers.

Local Car Parks

Below is a list of the nearest car parks to Imperial College. We advise that delegates should make use of the excellent transport system available in London. However if you do wish to drive, you will need to contact one of the parking facilities directly for current rates.

  • Universal Parking, Kingston House, 13 Prince’s Gate, London SW7 1LN (+44 20 7581 3371)
  • Union Car Parks, 31-36 Harrington Road, Kensington, London SW7 3ND (+44 20 7357 6799)

Conference Accommodations

For accommodations, please visit one of Imperial College’s Hotel Partners for a negotiated discount rate. To view the complete list and rates, check here.

To book, please call Imperial’s Reservations team at +44 (0) 20 7594 9511 or complete the online booking form. You can also email them.