Synthetic Biology UK LandscapeBETA


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About the KTN

Established by Innovate UK to build better links between science, creativity and business, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has specialist teams covering all significant sectors of the economy, from health, defence and aerospace to the creative industries, the built environment to biotechnology and robotics. Our expertise in connecting sectors, disciplines and skills with the right collaborations and business approach is what helps unlock the tremendous hidden value in people and companies. In the last five years, KTN has helped thousands of businesses secure funding to drive innovation. And we support them throughout their business cycle to see that investment through to success. Further information can be found on the KTN website.

About the Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

The Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group (SynBio SIG) helps to partner the UK’s research-base expertise in synthetic biology with industrial collaborators, investment opportunities and funders. Run by the Knowledge Transfer Network, and funded by Innovate UK and BBSRC, we bring together the UK’s best and brightest biotechnologists and help them form new, productive partnerships and collaborations. 


We are working hard to support the establishment of an internationally competitive synthetic biology industry in the UK, as we assist the SBLC in the implementation of Biodesign for the Bioeconomy, the UK Synthetic Biology Strategic Plan 2016. 

How to use

How to use this tool

The UK Synthetic Biology Landscape was designed to help those new to the field navigate the synthetic biology innovation landscape to develop new collaborations. In order to help with searching this data, we have categorised assets in a number of ways. 


On opening the UK SynBio landscape tool, you will see an overview of top-level  categories, with numbers within the bubbles indicating how many assets are held in each category. In the case of companies and training opportunities, clicking on one of the bubbles will lead you to some sub-category bubbles. When you click one of the sub-categories, or one of the other eight top-level categories, you will scroll further down the page to view your results in either list view or map view.


The detailed search area allows you to mine the data directly and view the results in either list or map view. 


At list view you will see a summary of each entry that matches your search criteria. By clicking on the entry summary you can open the full entry. It is possible to visit an organisation’s website by clicking on the “Visit website” button alongside the organisation’s name, or to click on the organisation’s name and view its location on the map alongside the possibility to visit their website. The detailed search page remembers the settings (e.g. region) thus it may be required to click the reset button on the right hand side to start a new search encompassing all entries.

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