As research into synthetic biology increases, this map identifies companies, universities, research institutions, laboratories and other centers across the globe that are active in this emerging field. In 2009, the Synthetic Biology Project began mapping the increased research in the field of synthetic biology, finding pockets of work being done in California, Massachusetts, the United Kingdom and Germany. These areas see continued growth in 2013, while research also ramps up in China and Japan.
"Part of this new activity has been driven by continuing government investments in the science," said David Rejeski, who directs the Synthetic Biology Project. "Another important factor has been the rapidly declining costs of gene sequencing, which has supported more effective approaches to engineering biological systems."
The Synthetic Biology Project found that the number of companies conducting synthetic biology research increased three-fold since 2009. A plurality of the companies involved in synthetic biology is focusing on developing bio-based specialty chemicals, fuels and/or medicines.
In addition to the expanded listings, the updated map features improved functionality, more detailed information and additional categories and subcategories. The updated map can also be accessed on Android and Apple mobile devices.
The map can be found here: http://www.synbioproject.org/map
The 2013 analysis can be found here: http://www.synbioproject.org/process/assets/files/6302/_draft/findings_2013.pdf
The map will be updated periodically. Users can submit additional entries to the map using this online form: http://www.synbioproject.org/sbmap/add-item/
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars/Science and Technology Innovation Program