2023 Conference Programme

Synthetic biology for a sustainable future

SynbiTECH 2024 - 3-4 December 2024 – IET London

Our rich 2023 conference agenda featured a fantastic line up of speakers who debated how synbio could tackle the challenges of climate change, the opportunities that AI is creating for accelerating progress in medicine, and how investors view the sector.

Two days of inspiring talks, passionate debate, insightful questions and illuminating ideas from leading speakers and audience members ensured that everyone left SynbiTECH 2023 better informed and able to take the synbio revolution forward.

With ample networking opportunities each day, this London-based synthetic biology meeting was the perfect opportunity to connect with collaborators and industry enablers.

Day One
Networking/Refreshments 08:15 – 09:00

Registration and Coffee

Networking/Refreshments 09:00 – 09:15


Andrew Griffith MP - Minister of State (Minister for Science, Research and Innovation)

Professors Richard Kitney and Paul Freemont -  Co-Directors, SynbiCITE

Keynote 09:15 – 09:50

Keynote: The Challenge of Climate Change

Professor Sir Brian Hoskins - Grantham Institute 


Panel discussions 09:50 – 10:35

Panel Discussion: BioSecurity

  • Dr Piers Millett (Chair) - International Biosecurity and Biosafety Initiative for Science 
  • Professor Petra Oyston - Synthetic Biology Lead at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • Dr Cassidy Nelson – Head of Biosecurity Policy at Centre of Long-Term Resilience 
  • Louise Owen - Senior Civil Servant working in the Cabinet Office
  • Dr Izzy Webb – Head of Engineering Biology and Strategy at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology
Networking/Refreshments 10:35 – 11:00

Coffee Break

Keynote 11:00 – 12:30

Company Reviews:

  • Dr Orr Yarkoni – Founder and CEO of Colorifix 
  • Dr Gustaf Hemberg – Founder and CEO of Scindo 
  • Dr Matthew Duchars – CEO of Chain Biotechnology
  • Professor Anne Osbourn – Group Leader at the John Innes Center /  HotHouse Therapeutics 
  • Dr James Field – Founder and CEO of LabGenius 
Networking/Refreshments 12:30 – 13:30


Presentations 13:30 – 14:00

Sponsor Talk: Beckman Coulter 

Of automation and DNA: The Edinburgh Genome Foundry

Rennos Fragkoudis - Facility Manager from the Edinburgh Genome Foundry

Presentations 14:00 – 14:15

Synthetic Biology through a policy lens: an international perspective from the OECD

Douglas Robinson - Policy Advisor at the OECD

Presentations 14:15 – 14:45

Plenary: Sustainable bioeconomy and societal transformation

Professor Regina Birner, Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development at the University of Hohenheim, Germany

Panel discussions 14:45 – 15:30

Panel Discussion: Women in SynBio

  • Fiona Mischel (Chair) –  Director of International Outreach at Synbiobeta
  • Professor Anne Osbourn – Group Leader at the John Innes Center /  HotHouse Therapeutics 
  • Professor Susan Rosser – Director of the Edinburgh Mammalian Synthetic Biology Research Centre 
  • Dr Izzy Webb – Head of Engineering Biology and Strategy at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology 
  • Professor Paul Freemont -  Co-Director, SynbiCITE
Networking/Refreshments 15:30 – 16:00

Tea Break

Panel discussions 16:00 – 16:30

Panel Discussion: AI and Machine Learning

  • Dr Lionel Clarke (Chair) - Director of BionerG
  • Dr Leonard Wossnig – Chief Technology Officer at LabGenius
  • Professor Alex Conradie - Sustainable Bioprocess Engineering at UCL
  • Dr Per Greisen - VP of Computational Drug Design at BioMap
  • Dr Nicole Wheeler - University of Birmingham


Presentations 16:30 – 17:45

Company Presentations: (10 mins)

  • Dr Alicia Graham – CEO and Cofounder of MadeSweetly
  • Dr Ben Reeve  - Cofounder of Modern Synthesis 
  • Dr Miroslav Gasparek – CEO and Cofounder of Sensible Bio
  • Dr Matthew Cummings  - Cofounder of CC Bio
  • Professor Natalio Krasnogor  - Founder and CTO of Gitlife
  • Dr James McDonald  - CTO of Solena Materials
Panel discussions 17:45 – 18:15

Synbio Unplugged:

In conversation with Chi Onwurah –  Shadow Minister (Science, Research & Innovation)

Moderator: Fiona Mischel

Networking/Refreshments 18:15 – 20:00

Drinks and Networking

Day Two
Networking/Refreshments 08:00 – 08:30

Registration and Coffee

Keynote 08:30 – 09:10

Keynote: Accelerating the US Bioeconomy

Dr Mary Maxon – Executive Director of Biofutures, Schmidt Futures

Keynote 09:10 – 09:30

Plenary: Reimagining Gene Synthesis

Dr Mike Daniels, Vice President of product, Evonetix 

Keynote 09:30 – 10:00

Plenary: Transforming chemicals and synthetic fuels manufacture

Professor Nigel Scrutton – Professor and Director of the EPSRC Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub and the BBSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre 'SYNBIOCHEM'

Keynote 10:00 – 10:30

Plenary: Re-imagining manufacturing: Building a circular gas fermentation industry

Dr Michael Köpke, Chief Innovation Officer at LanzaTech 

Presentations 10:30 – 10:40

Sponsor Talk: National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

A whole-system metrology infrastructure to drive innovation, scale up and standardisation in Engineering Biology

Jeffrey Anthony - Head of Engineering Biology Partnerships, NPL

Presentations 10:40 – 10:45

Student Talk: SynbioUK - how are we building community

Shirin Bamezai, SynBioUK

Networking/Refreshments 10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

Presentations 11:15 – 12:45

Company Reviews: (15 mins)

  • Dr Livija Deban – Chief Scientific Officer at Prokarium 
  • Irsyad Khairil – Cofounder and CTO at Valink Therapeutics
  • Dr Rachel Shaw – CEO, Director & Cofounder of Eden Bio 
  • Cai Linton – CEO at Multus Media 
  • Dr Cian Duggan – CEO and Cofounder of Resurrect Bio
Networking/Refreshments 12:45 – 13:45


Panel discussions 13:45 – 14:45

Panel Discussion: High Impact Investment Opportunities in Synthetic Biology

  • Professor Richard Kitney (Chair) - Co-Director, SynbiCITE
  • Antoine Pechin - Winton Ventures
  • George Katzaros - SynBioVen
  • Cai Linton - CEO at Multus Media
  • Lord David Willetts - Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation
  • Nadav Rosenberg - Saras Capital
Presentations 14:45 – 15:30

Plenary session: EBRC (10mins)

a. Overview:  Dr India Hook-Barnard - Executive Director of the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC)

b. Standards Project: Professor Paul Freemont - Head of Structural and Synthetic Biology Department of Infectious Disease at Imperial College London

c. International Strategy Forum: Professor Richard Kitney - Professor of BioMedical Systems Engineering at Imperial College London

Networking/Refreshments 15:30 – 16:00

Tea Break

Panel discussions 16:00 – 16:45

Synbio Unplugged: 

In conversation with Professor Dame Angela McLean – Government Chief Scientific Advisor 

Moderator: Paul Freemont

Networking/Refreshments 16:45 – 17:00


Networking / Refreshments
Panel discussions