London Eyes Synthetic Biology Market
September 20, 2016
and the Centre for Synthetic Biology & Innovation at Imperial College
London has selected SAS to produce a Data Knowledge Centre for the
storage, processing, analysis and predictive modeling of the data
generated at the new London DNA Foundry.
This results of the project program will help to transform leading edge
academic research into commercial outputs for the emerging synthetic
Synthetic Biology is expected to develop into a multi-billion pound
industry and uses engineering principles to design and construct new
biological parts, devices and systems. These can help tackle major
global concerns around sustainability including environmental health,
energy shortages, pollution, hunger and disease. In 2013 it was named by
the UK Government as one of the eight great technologies in which the UK
is set to be a global leader.
Imperial College London is a science-based institution and host to
SynbiCITE, the Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) for Synthetic
Biology and funded by the UK government to drive commercialization of
synthetic biology and effectively create an industry from scratch. It
focuses on using biology to create substitutes for a wide range of
items, such as malaria medicines, rubber substitutes for tires and crop
"This is an exciting and hugely important new field which has attracted
support from the UK Government as well as a number of international
bodies. The global synthetic biology market is estimated to reach $38.7
billion by 2020 and can have a significant impact on the economy, growth
and jobs over the coming years," said Dr Steve Chambers, CEO of
was chosen on the basis of its leading reputation in health and life
sciences, and to drive robustness and repeatability in translating
academic research into industry-class outputs. These outputs will help
development of new technology opportunities that can be exploited by new
and existing businesses across many fields."
The solution from SAS extends from data management to use of data
visualization technology, such as SAS Visual Analytics and SAS Visual
"SAS typically supports mature companies with mature business problems,"
said Mark Wilkinson, Regional Vice President – Northern Europe, SAS.
"This deal is significant as we are supporting an early-stage
organization that is looking to grow an entirely new and ground-breaking
industry. We are fortunate to be the start of something that is intended
to be a multi-billion pound industry, and one which can address major
concerns about global sustainability when it comes to use of
increasingly scarce natural resources."