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23 April 2024 - Engineering biology - Oral evidence

Committee Science and Technology Committee (Lords)
Inquiry Engineering biology

Tuesday 23 April 2024

Start times: 10:00am (private) 10:15am (public)

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Committee to take evidence from engineering biology industry 

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will hold an evidence session with Dr Jim Ajioka, Chief Scientific Officer at Colorifix, Will Milligan, CEO of Extracellular, and Rosemary Sinclair Dokos, Senior Vice President at Oxford Nanopore Technologies; and with Mark Bustard, CEO of the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre and Dr Martin Turner, Associate Director of Policy, Public Affairs and Investor Relations at the Bioindustry Association. 


Meeting details

At 10:15am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Engineering biology
Chief Executive Officer at Extracellular
Chief Scientific Officer at Colorifix
SVP of Product and Programme Management at Oxford Nanopore Technologies
At 11:15am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Engineering biology
Associate Director at UK BioIndustry Association
Chief Executive Officer at Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre

The session will focus on engineering biology developments within the commercial sector; the challenges faced by companies wanting to scale up within the UK; and which areas within engineering biology are the most promising in the UK. 

Possible question areas include: 

  • How companies are hoping to innovate on existing processes or products using engineering biology. 
  • The major challenges companies face in scaling up to large-scale, industrial processes and which Government initiatives could help. 
  • The areas of engineering biology where the UK has the right ecosystem to scale up. 
  • How the Government should encourage larger companies to take up engineering biology processes or products, and whether this requires a broader industrial strategy. 
  • Whether regulators are sufficiently well-resourced, in terms of expertise and capacity, to regulate engineering biology. 


Room 3, Palace of Westminster

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