In January 2015, Vince Cable, the Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills announced a five-year £12 million grant funding award for Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology centre (WISB). This investment comes from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under the Research Councils’ Synthetic Biology for Growth programme.
“We are delighted to receive this strategically important UK Synthetic Biology Centre Award. Synthetic biology has huge potential to generate valuable processes and products for biotechnology and medicine, as well as new understanding of the fundamental principles that underpin living systems. WISB is building a globally recognized presence as a centre of excellence in research and training in Synthetic Biology, and this grant from BBSRC and EPSRC will help us enormously in achieving our goals.” John McCarthy, WISB Director
Photo: Left to Right – Professor Jamie Davies, SynthSys Edinburgh; Professor John McCarthy, WISB; Rt. Hon. Dr Vince Cable, Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills; Professor Nigel Scrutton, SYNBIOCHEM Manchester.