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Synthetic Biology Leadership Council

Bringing together funding agencies, research community, industry, government and other stakeholders for strategic coordination of UK synthetic biology

The UK Government established the Synthetic Biology Leadership Council (SBLC) to provide a steering structure governance body to assess progress and update recommendations and shape priorities for future implementation of the synthetic biology roadmap for the UK. The SBLC has since published the
UK synthetic biology strategic plan 2016, Biodesign for the Bioeconomy. The SBLC provides a visible point for strategic coordination between the funding agencies, the research community, industry, government sponsors and other stakeholders, including societal and ethical representatives.

Secretariat of the SBLC is provided through Innovate UK by the Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group.

Who are the Synthetic Biology Leadership Council?

The Synthetic Biology Leadership Council (SBLC) is jointly chaired by Lord Prior of Brampton(Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and member of the House of Lords) and Prof Lionel Clarke.

Members of the SBLC include:


  • Dr Jackie Hinton (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
  • Dr Louise Ball (Defra)

Sponsors and Partners


Innovate UK


SynBio SIG

Knowledge Transfer Network


Read all the latest SBLC News here


UK synthetic biology strategic plan 2016, Biodesign for the Bioeconomy

Synthetic Biology Roadmap


Latest News
What are the aims of SBLC?
The Synthetic Biology Leadership Council will be a co-ordinating body for the UK’s interests in the rapidly developing field of synthetic biology.
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