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Engineering biology


The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee is conducting an inquiry into engineering biology. The committee will explore engineering biology’s potential, particularly in delivering UK economic growth through commercialisation and for improvements to public services; which areas of engineering biology the UK is well placed to exploit and where additional support may be needed; and the ethical, regulatory and safety implications of rapid developments in the field. The committee has issued a call for written evidence and will be taking oral evidence from April 2024.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Tuesday 7 May 2024.

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Past events

Tuesday 21 May 2024
10:15am Public
Engineering biology - Oral evidence 21 May 2024
  • Dr Peter Williams (Group Technology Director at INEOS)
  • Greg Archer (Director of European Policy at LanzaTech UK)
  • Charles Hall (Head of Research at Peel Hunt)
  • Fiona Mischel (Director of International Outreach at SynBioBeta)
  • Dr Mary Maxon (Executive Director at BioFutures, Schmidt Sciences)
  • Dr Hendrik Waegeman (Head of Business Operations at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant)
Room 2, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 14 May 2024
10:00am Private
10:15am Public
Engineering biology - Oral evidence 14 May 2024
  • Dr Clive Dix (Executive Chair at C4X Discovery)
  • The Rt Hon Lord Willetts (Co-founder at SynBioVen)
  • Dr Sara Holland (Patent Attorney at Potter Clarkson)
  • Graeme Cruickshank (Chief Technology & Innovation Officer at Centre for Process Innovation)
  • Professor Nick Talbot (Executive Director and Group Leader at The Sainsbury Laboratory)
Room 4, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 7 May 2024
10:15am Public
Oral evidence session 7 May 2024
Engineering biology - Oral evidence
  • Dr Michael Adeogun (Head of Strategy (Life Sciences and Health) at National Physical Laboratory)
  • Professor Robin May (Chief Scientific Adviser at Food Standards Agency)
  • Professor Isabel Oliver (Director General of Science and Research and Chief Scientific Officer at UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA))
Long-duration energy storage - Oral evidence
  • Justin Tomlinson MP (Minister of State at Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
  • Dan Osgood (Director of Energy Markets and Analysis at Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
Room 1, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 30 April 2024
10:15am Public
Oral evidence session 30 April 2024
Long-duration energy storage - Oral evidence
  • Adam Bell (Director of Policy at Stonehaven)
  • David Joffe (Project Director at Royal Academy of Engineering)
Engineering biology - Oral evidence
  • Piers Millett (Executive Director at International Biosecurity and Biosafety Initiative for Science)
  • Sophie Rose (Senior Biosecurity Policy Adviser at Centre for Long-Term Resilience)
Room 2, Palace of Westminster

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  • Phone: 020 7219 5750 (committee staff) | 020 7219 1692 (Press Officer)
  • Address: Science and Technology Committee, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW