Connect with the Synthetic Biology Global Community
April 6th – 8th, at Imperial College London

Are you a part of the synthetic biology industry? A company representative aiming to wow your future customers? A venture capitalist looking for their next unicorn? An entrepreneur pitching to investors? Or an academic with a technology or patent and an urge to commercialise it? Whether your focus is industrial, financial, or academic, SynBioBeta London 2016 is the premiere synthetic biology conference for the industry – bringing the global community together to share best practices and learn.

With a program full of talks from key thought-leaders, decision makers and tech pioneers, SynBioBeta is a must for those wanting to keep up with the rapidly-evolving industry. Networking opportunities are rich for those aiming to grow their company, their client list, or launch their next product – many a fruitful partnership, connection, or new venture has been started at our conferences. If you are an active part of the synthetic biology industry and have a passion for making biology easier to engineer, then this is a must attend event.

Planning on Attending? Don’t Miss Your Chance to Register for:

Who Should Attend?

  • Tech Practitioners
    Synthetic biology is built upon the technological accomplishments of thousands of engineers and scientists – each pushing the state-of-the-art of engineering biology a little bit further. Are you passionate about developing synthetic biology, about making the software, hardware, and wetware of the future? Then come to SynBioBeta London, where you can hear about the latest technology, spot the upcoming trends, and meet the key people busily building the future.
  • Industry and Start-ups
    Are you a synthetic biology market leader? Or a newly launched company ready to disrupt the status quo? Regardless, your business can only develop if you meet the right people, be they customers, investors, or future partners. SynBioBeta London will provide many opportunities to network, exhibit, and make the connections that you and your firm need to grow.
  • Investors and Angels
    VCs and Angel Investors are a critical part of the synthetic biology industry, providing the capital which startups need to pursue their dreams. But success as an investor relies on deal flow, drawn in through your networks and contacts. What better place to keep a finger on the pulse of technological development than SynBioBeta London? Meet founders and investors as you hunt for your next unicorn.
  • Technology Scouts
    In the fast-moving world of synthetic biology, keeping a handle on industry trends and new technologies is no easy task. Make your life as a technology scout easier by networking with the experts at SynBioBeta London. Learn who the leading lights are in each segment, identify value-adding technologies, and lay the groundwork for further deals – all in just a few days.
  • Academics
    Are you a leading researcher with a new discovery, full of commercial potential? Interested in spinning off your work into a company? SynBioBeta London provides access to professionals ranging from eager potential cofounders to sagely experienced entrepreneurs – with a leavening of well-connected investors to boot. Come along, present your work, and meet the people you need to know.
  • Students and Biohackers
    A fresh wind brings fresh ideas, and newcomers in synthetic biology are no exception. Whether you’re a university student or tinkering biohacker, you are the future of our field. Get yourself involved by meeting industry leaders and laying the groundwork for your community connections at SynBioBeta London.

London 2016

April 6th – 8th, 2016
Imperial College London
London, UK


We made several valuable connections, including to two potential investors, and a number of future customers

Bethan Wolfenden, Bento Bioworks

Michael Roberts

SynBioBeta has firmly established itself as a must attend event for UK synthetic biology companies

Michael Roberts, Synpromics

Featured Speakers


Advisory Committee


Wednesday, April 6th 2016 – Workshops (10:00 am – 11:30 am)

This year SynBioBeta London 2016 is featuring free Workshops that are open to all attendees. Hear from some of the companies leading the way in the synthetic biology industry that will be covering topics from running your wet lab in the cloud to CRISPR libraries and flexible automated workflows. To attend the workshops you must register and seating is limited. So make sure to register early to secure your seat.

Workshops Include:

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Registration
Make your way to the registration table to get your badge and program, and head to the main stage for the start of the conference.
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Welcome
Join John Cumbers, Richard Kitney, Paul Freemont, and James Stirling for the official kickoff of SynBioBeta London 2016.
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm: Opening Keynote: Robustness and Reliability of Biological Systems
Our Keynote will talk about the need for modeling of biological systems if we’re going to build a robust industry around the engineering of biology. He’ll use examples from Intel and the electronics industry to explain what the future might hold for synthetic biologists’ wanting to engineer complex biological systems.

Speaker: Tom Knight, Ginkgo Bioworks

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Fireside Chat: Looking Back on 20 Years of Synthetic Biology
In 1996, Tom Knight presented to DARPA a set of slides that became the basis for what we now call the Field of the Synthetic Biology.  Later, his PhD student at the time, Ron Weiss together with Tom, laid the foundations for the scientific pursuit of reliably-engineered biological systems.  In this Fireside Chat, Tom and Ron will look back on the last 20 years of the field and look forward to the next 20 years.

Speakers: Tom Knight, Ginkgo Bioworks & Ron Weiss, MIT

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm: Panel: Investor Roundtable
Without investment, no biotech company could ever get off the ground. But what are investors looking for? What is the best stage to raise capital, and who should you be talking to? What are the global trends in synthetic biology investment and how will they affect the industry? Whether you are an entrepreneur with a plan, an investor with a checkbook, or a CEO with acquisition plans, this is the panel for you.

Moderator: Josko Bobanovic, Sofinnova
Veronique de Bruijn, IcosCapital,  Katrin Burt, Syngenta, Karl Handelsman, Codon Capital, Kathryn Owen, Imperial Innovations, Oliver Sexton, Midven

2:50pm – 3:45 pm: Session 1: The Application Stack
No one knows what the future will bring, but this session will give you a pretty good idea. Covering the present and future of synthetic biology, tackling problems from food, vitamins, information storage, to high-value molecule fermentation for the production of biofuels and specialty chemicals. Our speakers will give an insight into the bleeding edge of innovation.

Moderator: Rosalind Le Feuvre, SYNBIOCHEM
2:55PM – 3:05 PM: Rémi Bernard, Deinove
3:05 PM – 3:15 PM: Hans Genee, Biosyntia
3:15 PM – 3:25 PM: Stephan Herrera, Evolva
3:25 PM – 3:35 PM: Darren Platt, Amyris
3:35 PM – 3:45 PM: Axel Trefzer, Thermo Fisher

3:45 pm – 4:20 pm: Afternoon Break
Take a break and enjoy some snacks and refreshments while you network with your peers.
4:20 pm – 4:50 pm: Fireside Chat: Life Reimagined with Synthetic Biology
This is a seminal moment in the history of biology.  Our ability to read, write, and rewrite the DNA code of life makes it possible to engineer all manner of organisms ranging from microbes to plants to insect to animals.  Similar to semiconductor technology that gave rise to smartphones and the web, the powerful tool of synthetic biology gives us the ability to discover solutions that make life better – whether it is apples that don’t brown, customized anti-aging products made from your own DNA, or biomaterials generated from waste.  In this fireside chat, Ena and Daisy will discuss the game-changing possibilities and implications of synthetic biology for consumer products , and ask what good design might mean in this space.

Speakers: Ena Cratsenburg, Intrexon & Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Royal College of Art

4:50 pm – 5:45 pm: Session 2: Synthetic Biology for Biopharmaceuticals
Synthetic Biology offers the potential to revolutionize many industries, but the one at the front both in terms of opportunity, ability to do good, and market size is the production of bio-based pharma and cell therapies. In this session, you’ll learn about T-cell receptors, CRISPR/Cas9 screening for cancer-causing mutations and other applications of synthetic biology for making people better.

Moderator: Nigel Fleming, G2B Pharma
4:55 PM – 5:05 PM: Ted Fjallman, Prokarium
5:05 PM – 5:15 PM: Marcelo Kern, GlaxoSmithKline
5:15 PM – 5:25 PM: Ravi Sachidanandam, Girihlet
5:25 PM – 5:35 PM: Chris Thorne, Horizon Discovery
5:35 PM – 5:45 PM: Mark Wigglesworth, AstraZeneca

5:45 pm – 5:55 pm:  Emily Leproust, Twist Bioscience
Hear the latest from Twist CEO Emily Leproust
5:55 pm – 6:00 pm: Wrap Up
Get a quick wrap up summary of the days events.
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Twist Bioscience Reception
Mix and mingle with colleagues and peers while you network. Take the time to connect with the speakers and thought leaders that will be discussing the latest topics in the crowd.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

9:00 am – 9:30 pm: Registration
If you plan on coming in the second day of the event, make your way to the registration table to get your badge and program and head to the main stage for the start of SynBioBeta London 2016 day two.
9:30 am – 9:40 am: Welcome
Join us for the kickoff of day two.
9:40 am – 10:05 am: Fireside Chat
Many great insights have their genesis in a casual comment, and our fireside chats aim to replicate this feeling of informal innovation. Industry thought leaders will discuss, live on stage, hot topics of the day in a relaxed setting. Interested in hearing opinions on upcoming trends? Potential shifts in the field? Or even just asking some tricky questions? This is your chance.

Speakers: Kevin Munnelly, Gen9, Barbara Harvey, Novozymes, and Sean Sutcliffe, Green Biologics

10:05 am – 10:55 am: Panel: Innovating Responsibly
As synthetic biology grows as a field, the practitioners continue to take a broader view – how does our work benefit society as a whole? How can we ensure society is aware of this? This panel discussion will cover responsible innovation: understanding risks and benefits, communicating this to the public, and some cautionary lessons which have been learned.

Moderator: Piers Millett, Biosecure
Panelists: Ryan Burnette, AT-RISK International, Paul Freemont, SynbiCITE, Beatriz San Martin, Fieldfisher, Joyce Tait, Innogen Institute

10:55 am – 11:35 am: Morning Break & Exhibits
Take a break and enjoy some snacks and refreshments while you network with your peers.
11:35 am – 12:25 pm: Lightning Talks
Don’t blink or you’ll miss it! Our industry-leading speakers will have five minutes to update the audience on their latest developments and news, making this session perfect for gaining a rapid-fire overview of the current state of play.

Moderator: Petra Oyston, DSTL
11:40 AM – 11:45 AM: Gernot Abel, Novozymes
11:45 AM – 11:50 AM: Rob Carlson, Bioeconomy Capital
11:50 AM – 11:55 AM: Lionel Clarke, UK Synthetic Biology Leadership Council
11:55 AM – 12:00 PM: Henrik Hagemann, CustoMem
12:00 PM – 12:05 PM: Keira Havens, The One Sky Initiative
12:05 PM – 12:10 PM: Ellen Jorgensen, Genspace
12:10 PM – 12:15 PM:
Randy Rettberg, iGEM
12:15 PM – 12:20 PM:
Peter Widdowson, Quethera
12:20 PM – 12:25 PM: 
Nathan Wood, SGI-DNA

12:25 pm – 1:55 pm: Lunch & Exhibits
 Take a break from sessions and enjoy lunch while you chat and network.
1:55 pm – 3:10 pm: Session 3: Genetic Tools of the Trade
Engineering biology wouldn’t be possible without innovative genetic tools — and these companies are at the forefront of building new tools to simplify and scale the design‐build‐test cycle. You’ll be able to listen and engage with companies offering novel genetic engineering techniques, ultra-high throughput screening, and custom biocatalysts.

Moderator: Andy Boyce, Knowledge Transfer Network
2:00 PM – 2:10 PM: Alexia Chandor-Proust, BGene Genetics
2:10 PM – 2:20 PM: Paul Feldstein, Circularis
2:20 PM – 2:30 PM: James Field, LabGenius
2:30 PM – 2:40 PM: Andreas Meyer, FGen
2:40 PM – 2:50 PM: Michael Roberts, Synpromics
2:50 PM – 3:00 PM: Eric Steinmetz, Lucigen
3:00 PM – 3:10 PM:
Dek Woolfson, BrisSynBio

3:10 pm – 4:15 pm:  Session 4: Robotics and Hardware for Synthetic Biology
Speed, reproducibility, efficiency, and value. Robotics allows experiments to be performed quickly and reproducibly, cloud systems let scientists outsource the actual process of experimentation, and machine learning offers the potential for automated data analysis and creation of hypothesis. What changes will these technologies bring, how will they affect synthetic biology, and who are the leaders in bringing it to market? Come along and find out in this session.
This Session is Sponsored by Cambridge Consultants

Moderator: Richard Hammond, Cambridge Consultants
3:15 PM – 3:25 PM: Xin Liu, Sphere Fluidics
3:25 PM – 3:35 PM: Jemma Redmond, Ourobotics
3:35 PM – 3:45 PM: James Taylor, Precision NanoSystems
3:45 PM – 3:55 PM: Orkan Telhan, Biorealize
3:55 PM – 4:05 PM: Sean Ward, Synthace
4:05 PM – 4:15 PM: Bethan Wolfenden, Bento Bioworks

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm: Afternoon Break & Exhibits
Take a break and enjoy some snacks and refreshments while you network with your peers.
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm:  Session 5: Engineering the Microbiome
The human microbiome is the community of microbes that colonize the human body.  This has been an exciting area of growth over the past decade. In recent years, a number of companies have made advances in the engineering of these microbes for new applications. In this session, we will hear from companies engineering and undertaking genetic engineering to make antimicrobials using CRISPR/Cas9, personal care products, like sunscreens to provide UV protection, or engineering gut bacteria to combat metabolic disease.

Moderator: Yvonne Linney, Transcriptic
5:05 PM – 5:15 PM: Jasmina Aganovic, AOBiome
5:15 PM – 5:25 PM: Xavier Duportet, Eligo Bioscience
5:25 PM – 3:35 PM: Jonathan Kotula, Synlogic
5:35 PM – 5:45 PM: Noga Qvit-Raz, TopgeniX

5:45 pm – 5:50 pm: Wrap Up
Join us for the final wrap up of SynBioBeta London 2016.

Friday, April 8th, 2016 – Special Networking Events

After the conference wraps up we have two great networking opportunities that attendees can choose to register for, an Investor Breakfast at the House of Lords and a Networking Cruise on the River Thames. But if you want to go to either, make sure you register soon as seating is limited. Grab this last chance at some quality networking time while you enjoy some of the London scenery. Please note these events are for registered SynBioBeta London 2016 attendees only.

8:30 am – 10:00 am: Investor Breakfast at the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster

After SynBioBeta London 2016, join your peers for a special investor breakfast at the House of Lords, hosted by the The Rt Hon. Lord Willetts. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect and have discussions with like-minded entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders whilst enjoying a full english breakfast.

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11 am – 2 pm: Networking Cruise on the River Thames

If you’re attending SynBioBeta London 2016 and want more opportunities to connect with people at the event, then you will not want to miss the Networking Cruise on the River Thames. Hosted by SynBioBeta and SynbiCITE, this event will give you ample time to connect while you enjoy refreshments aboard the M.V. Harmony, and take in the impressive sights of London.

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Event Address:

Imperial College London
Sherfield Building
London SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom

Nearest Station:
South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly line) and Gloucester Road (Circle, District and Piccadilly line)

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A Group Block under code “GSYNA” for SynBioBeta is being held at:
The DoubleTree by Hilton London
Hyde Park | 150 Bayswater Road, London, W2 4RT

In order to make a reservation and get the group rate, attendees must contact:
Dominika Klimunt
Group Reservations
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7229 1212
Hours: Monday –Friday, 9 am- 5 pm (UK time)