Our Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform is positioning Australia to play a role in one of the fastest growing areas of modern science so that we can understand global developments and, where appropriate, contribute to advances in areas including manufacturing, industrial biotechnology, environmental remediation, biosecurity, agriculture and healthcare research.
Development of synthetic biology parts and tools that can be applied in a wide range of application areas.
Environment and Biocontrol
Projects in this program of work will contribute to a world class capability in delivering environmental and biocontrol solutions based on SynBio technologies.
Projects in this program of work will contribute to a world class SynBio capability in delivering production and manufacturing innovations in the fibres and chemicals space.
Health and Medicine
Projects in this program of work aim to design new synthetic biology tools and platforms that could further global health research.
Research focussed on the social, ethical, institutional, legal and regulatory aspects of synthetic biology - to inform the development and implementation of synthetic biology solutions to Australia's greatest challenges in health, environment and industry.
The CSIRO BioFoundry is a state-of-the-art, high-throughput bioengineering facility that lets scientists rapidly design, build and test new biotechnologies at a scale not possible before now. It can be used to quickly and reliably prototype new biotechnologies or answer complex biological questions. It can do this as it’s enabled by technological advancement in robotics, data handling, sensors and automation.
CSIRO’s BioFoundry is open for business – we welcome academia and industry, Australian and international clients.
Getting clear on the value proposition for a sugar industry using synthetic biology
Jul 27, 2021
The sugar industry has a long history in Australia, with the first successful crops established in the mid-1800s. However, there are growing global challenges such as volatile sugar prices and changing consumer demands. Industry representatives are now looking for new and innovative ways to enable Australia’s sugar industry to thrive in the future.
The next-generation biology revolution promises new products and industries
Jul 23, 2021
Synthetic biology – using life’s protein building blocks to create almost anything – has the potential to revolutionise every aspect of our lives, from textiles, pharmaceutical and food to new industries and sustainable economies for Australia’s future.
Bio-based materials symposium attracts global online audience
Jul 13, 2021
How could bio-based materials, created from synthetic biology, benefit industries such as defence, health, and industrial biotechnology? Can we unlock this manufacturing capability in Australia?
Podcast: Growing synthetic biology in Australia
Jun 11, 2021
Dr Claudia Vickers was featured on the NEB (New England BioLabs) Podcast, Lessons from Lab and Life. She spoke about the work she does and how life has been for her and researchers around her since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Article: Realizing the potential of synthetic biology to help people and the planet
Apr 25, 2021
Dr Claudia Vickers contributed to an article published as part of the Global Technology Governance Summit run by the World Economic Forum in April 2021.
Science integration: responsible advancement of synthetic biology
Apr 12, 2021
Combining the natural and social sciences when planning and conducting research in synthetic biology is an important step towards responsible science.