National University of Singapore: S$25 million research programme in synthetic biology


The National University of Singapore (NUS) announced the launch of the NUS Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (SynCTI) in October 2015, to develop the research capabilities in the field of synthetic biology in Singapore. Synthetic biology combines disciplines such as biotechnology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, systems biology, biophysics, computer engineering, and genetic engineering. This emerging field of research involves the design and creation of novel artificial biological systems or redesigning of existing biological systems for useful purposes. The global market for synthetic biology is estimated to be more than US$10 billion by 2016, and this field has the potential to be a driver for the economies of countries like Singapore.