SynBioBeta London 2014


Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 – Academic Research Meeting

A one day synthetic biology conference, with free registration, will be held on Wednesday 2nd April – the day before the SynBioBeta meeting on 3rd April (also at Imperial College). The conference is under the auspices of the new Innovation and Knowledge Centre - SynBiCITE. The conference will comprise plenary lectures presented by leaders in the field of synthetic biology including Tom Knight, Ariel Lindner, Victor de Lorenzo, Jim Haseloff, Dek Wolfson - as well as other leading speakers from SynBiCITE.

The conference will be held in the Clore Lecture Theatre in the Huxley Building from 9:30am to 4pm and will be followed by a joint reception with the SynBioBeta meeting.

The Clore Theatre is on the Ground Floor of the Department of Computing (Huxley Building) and can be accessed from Queensgate, London SW7 (roughly where Queensgate Terrace joins Queensgate).

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 – SynBioBeta

Huxley Building – Clore Theatre

Moderator: Una Ryan - OBE, Bay Area Bioeconomy Initative
Steve Blank - Stanford/UC Berkeley
Denver Dale - On-Point Capital
Jerome Engel - UC Berkeley
Karl Handelsman - Codon Capital
Kinkead Reiling - Co-Founder of Amyris
At the College main entrance in the Business School Atrium.
Minister for Universities and Science, UK Government

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 – Imperial College London

Queens Tower Rooms located in the Sherfield Building on the South Kensington campus.

John Cumbers - SynBioBeta
Paul Freemont - Imperial College London
Richard Kitney - Imperial College London
Engineering biology wouldn't be possible without innovative tools -- and these companies are at the forefront of simplifying and scaling 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: Sean Ward - Synthace
Ryan Cawood - Oxford Genetics
Andy Ellis - Biocatalysts
Rachel Haurwitz - Caribou Biosciences
Marian Rehak - Sphere Fluidics
Michael Roberts - Synpromics

Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise
Biology is difficult to scale, but cutting-edge technology platforms for designing and analyzing gene constructs coupled with innovative gene products will aid in making assembly more efficient than ever before. Catch up on the latest bioCAD/bioCAM software and DNA products from around the industry. No pipettes required.

Moderator: Jacqueline Quinn - Autodesk
Adam Clore - IDT
James Field - Lab Genius
Alfred Ho - Morph Bioinformatics
Revenues from industrial biotechnology account for just over one-third of the bioeconomy today, but that share will increase rapidly as dozens of commodity and specialty chemicals are produced at commercial scale in the near future. Lend your eyes and ears to the companies creating the novel biobased chemical platforms of the future.

Moderator: Rob Carlson - Biodesic
Tim Fell - Synthace
Ian Fotheringham - Ingenza
Edward Green - Green Biologics
Helge Holm-Larsen - BioGasol
Sponsored by On Point Capital
Attracting investors or gauging the success of a technology strategy isn't easy, which is why we brought together seasoned investors from both ends of the spectrum -- angel and venture capital. They'll discuss current market opportunities, evaluate the funding climate, and yield perspective on building revenue models for the industry.

Moderator: Andrew Herr - Helicase
Joško Bobanovic - Sofinnova Partners
Denver Dale - On Point Capital
Karl Handelsman - Codon Capital
Jenny Rooke - Fidelity Biosciences
Una Ryan - Bay Area Bioeconomy Initiative
Synthetic biology, as with any nascent industry, needs a healthy mix of public and private investment to transition into a self-sustaining field. However, as the industry grows, so, too, will the importance of educating consumers about the tremendous benefits offered by synthetic biology. Our expert panel weighs in.

Moderator: James Brown - Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group
Steve Bates - Bioindustry Association
Celia Caulcott - BBSRC
Lionel Clarke - UK Synthetic Biology Leadership Council (UK-SBLC)
Mike Koeris - Sample6
Kedar Pandya - EPSRC
Apple and Google don't build their own semiconductors for their tablets, phones, and computers because it's cheaper to use specialized suppliers. So why should the synthetic biology industry operate any differently? Meet the companies perfecting the services -- gene assembly, pathway engineering, fermentation, and more -- that will power the future organism industry.

Moderator: Brynne Stanton - Ginkgo
Antony Evans - Glowing Plant
Steve Martin - Biosyntha
Andrew Spicer - Algenuity
David Williams - Bactevo
Chemicals, fuels, and materials may be the end-products of most synthetic biology platforms today, but there's a tremendous amount of disruptive potential for healthcare applications, too. Leaders in the field will discuss how synthetic biology can provide direct and indirect solutions to the human health problems of today.

Moderator: Chris Redhead - Aruwon
Joe Adams - GlaxoSmithKline
Rocky Cranenburgh - Prokarium
Jonny Ohlson - Touchlight Genetics
Hadyn Parry - Oxitec
Join us after the conference for a networking cocktail reception.




Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group


One Nucleus

If you would like to speak, sponsor, exhibit, or become a SynBioBeta partner, please e-mail Lisa Comeau


Pre-Reg Early Bird Regular
Student / Postdoc
Startup (5 or fewer in the company) / Academic
Industry (6 or more in the company) / Other


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 Lisa Comeau. 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.

Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus • Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ

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.

  1. - Universal Parking, 020 7581 3371 Kingston House, 13 Prince’s Gate, London SW7 1LN
  2. - National Car Parks Ltd. 0870 242 7144, Young street, London, W8 5EH
  3. - Union Car Parks 020 7584 7718, 31-34 Harrington Road, SW7 1AA

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 Reservation department at +44 (0) 20 7594 9511 or complete the online booking form. You can also email them.

Sponsoring and Exhibiting

If you would like to sponsor or exhibit at this event, please contact us.