MAKING AN IMPACT
Synbio Consulting uses a Responsible Research and Innovation scheme throughout the process of assisting organizations with carrying and commercializing R&D. From the inception of the project we carefully consider ethical, societal and regulatory issues, and implement appropriate responses.
Particular attention is paid to embed new knowledge to minimize the mismatches between science, technology and their applications or uses. This feeds back into the innovation process and increases the desirability and marketability of breakthroughs.
Technological advances for global development continuously bring us closer to a world where a healthy life is a real option for everyone, regardless of culture, geography or socioeconomic status. However, these benefits tend to accrue disproportionately to the developed world; the need is still great for solutions that can diagnose and treat diseases, detect and fix environmental contaminations, and empower local farmers and communities in a vast array of low-cost settings and limited infrastructures.
Innovative, technology-enabled alternatives to standard approaches for development are required to solve some of the most difficult global health challenges, where solutions must both comprise locally developed breakthrough science and be practical, affordable, and accessible to people in need.
Synthetic Biology is one such approach with the potential to deliver global development solutions. It is unique in that by ‘making biology easier to engineer’ it also facilitates ‘the contribution to scientific innovation from people who are not considered as professional experts in the traditional sense’ (Zhang 2012).
Synbio Consulting is actively involved in developing and implementing such approaches to foster science education and sprout bio-economies. In 2013, this took us to Nepal and Kazakhstan for several months to implement local synthetic biology ecosystems.
At Synbio Consulting, we are actively engaged in fostering collaboration between schools, startups, citizen scientists, universities, artists and companies. The rapid prototyping synthetic biology enables combined with “learning by doing” and tinkering approaches akin to the ones in the maker community create powerful channels for decentralized innovative bottom-up educational approaches.
We have created strong connections and collaborations with a wide array of changemakers, including the DIYbio and iGEM community and Hackidemia to empower people to change the world.
Changing the world is a collective endeavour!
We are happy to discuss and collaborate on projects that make an impact.
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