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Whitepaper

PHA: plastic the way nature intended?

8th May 2018

Our whitepaper looks at the potential of PHA bioplastics in the food service industry. We've designed a range of sustainable, biodegradable plastic products, all served up on a bioplastic tray...

  • Industrial design
  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
  • Synthetic biology
Infographic

Bioplastics: versatile alternatives to conventional polymers

26th April 2018

Following the proposed ban on plastic straws and cotton buds in England, our new infographic shows how versatile bioplastics could help.

  • Industrial design
  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
  • Synthetic biology
Opinion

A biodesigned world: what are we waiting for?

26th April 2018

The emerging field of biodesign has famously led to apples that do not go brown, meat burgers that don’t require livestock and spider-less silk. Biodesign is also widely harnessed to develop life-changing drugs, create...

  • Innovation management
  • Strategic advice
  • Synthetic biology
Opinion

Finding bugs fast: microbial testing for cell and gene therapy

13th April 2018

I’ve just got back to the office from a very interesting workshop looking to address the challenge of delivering rapid microbial testing in cell and gene products...

  • Sensing
  • Synthetic biology
Vlog

Translating synbio’s technical progress into business growth

11th April 2018

Earlier this year, we hosted a thought-leadership workshop for leaders and influencers in synthetic biology, to discuss the challenges facing the industry, and what new tools...

  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
  • Strategic advice
  • Synthetic biology
Whitepaper

Building the business of biodesign

27th March 2018

Synthetic biology remains nascent, yet full of promise. The idea of using rational engineering approaches to design biology has the potential to solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges, such as securing food supplies...

  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
  • Strategic advice
  • Synthetic biology
Opinion

Industrial biotech - fear, doubt and saving the world

4th October 2017

As part of Cambridge Consultants’ Synthetic Biology initiative, we attended the Commercialising Industrial Biotechnology conference in San Diego

  • Synthetic biology
Opinion

Liquid biopsy shows great promise for cancer diagnostics

18th July 2017

Francis Crick Institute presents evidence of the ability of liquid biopsy to detect the presence of minute samples of circulating tumour DNA

  • Synthetic biology
Interface

Doctor, I shrunk the robot…

15th May 2017

Surgical robots today are large and unwieldy – which causes a number of challenges in the operating theatre.

If the robot can be made smaller, many of the current limitations disappear. The trick is how to reduce size without sacrificing performance. We believe it’s possible…

  • Synthetic biology
Opinion

Can we grow packaging?

11th May 2017

I have a love hate relationship with plastic –I expect many others feel the same. Plastic is undoubtedly a fantastic packaging material – it can be flexible or rigid, transparent or opaque, it can be engineered to have good barrier properties and of course it is cheap.

  • Synthetic biology
Opinion

The synthetic biology revolution

25th April 2017

Just as the industrial revolutions of the previous centuries were enabled by novel technologies such as the spinning jenny, steam engine, and transistor, the tools and techniques for engineering biological machinery, known...

  • Synthetic biology
Opinion

Indentification of small molecule drugs that could benefit from a synbio-based manufacturing process

28th November 2016

Synthetic biology has been recognized as one of the most promising technologies that may impact our future and I, for one, believe that its potential applications are remarkable and incredibly diverse. In this series...

  • Synthetic biology