Engineering Biology

Engineering Biology

Engineering Biology: A Research Roadmap for the Next-Generation Bioeconomy is a critical assessment of the current status and potential of engineering biology. It is intended to provide researchers and other stakeholders (including government funders) with a compelling set of technical challenges and opportunities in the near and long term. The matrixed framework of the roadmap considers challenges, bottlenecks, and other limitations observed or predicted in the research, development, and application of advancements in engineering biology tools and technologies toward addressing broad societal challenges. The roadmap’s four technical themes form the foundation of engineering biology research and technology and illustrate where our current abilities lie and what we might achieve in the next 20 years. Complementarily, the five roadmap application and impact sectors demonstrate the breadth and impact of technical advancements in real-world application areas and exemplify how engineering biology tools and products could be oriented towards some of the most complex problems we face as a society. The technical themes represent a “bottom-up” approach focusing on tool and technology innovations to move the field forward, while the five application and impact sectors are a “top-down” look at how engineering biology could contribute toward addressing and overcoming national and global challenges.

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Technical Themes

The technical themes of the roadmap focus on four key areas of engineering biology research and development. Each technical theme has a series of transformative tools and technologies and aspirational goals that drive the progression of research and development. The roadmap consists of overarching breakthrough capabilities that convey significant advancements in the field and 2-, 5-, 10-, and 20-year milestones.

Applications & Impact Sectors

The roadmap illustrates many potential applications of engineering biology, and demonstrates the possible use and impact of these tools and technologies to address and overcome societal challenges. We frame these possibilities through a focus on five sectors, by identifying science and engineering aims and objectives for engineering biology that may be necessary or instrumental to overcoming the challenge, and potential discrete technical achievements towards the objectives. These technical achievements in each sector reflect our four technical themes.

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    US Department of Defense
  • Ania-Ariadna Baetica
    University of California, San Francisco
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    Arizona State University
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    The Good Food Institute
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    University of California, Berkeley
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    Rice University
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    Rice University
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    University of California, Los Angeles
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    Harvard Medical School
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    University of Texas
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    Stanford University
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    North Carolina State University
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    Boston University
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    Twist Bioscience Corporation
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    University of California, Berkeley
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    Boston University
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    US Department of Defense
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    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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    University of Texas at Austin
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    Dow AgroSciences
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    TeselaGen Biotechnology, Inc.
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    Engineering Biology Research Consortium
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    Arizona State University
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    US Army Research Laboratory
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    Arizona State University
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    University of California, Berkeley
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    Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
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    Peraton, support to US Dept. of Defense
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    Global Helix LLC
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    University of California, Berkeley
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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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    Imperial College London
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    University of California, San Francisco
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    BioBuilder Educational Foundation
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    Northwestern University
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    Northwestern University
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    Colorado State University
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    Arizona State University
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    California Institute of Technology
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    University of Minnesota
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    LMI, support to US Dept. of Defense
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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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    Stanford University
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    US Department of Defense
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    North Carolina State University
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    University of California Davis
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    University of Minnesota
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    The Good Food Institute
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    University of Connecticut
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    Georgia Institute of Technology
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    University of California, Berkeley
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    Northwestern University
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    University of Caifornia, Irvine
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    Boston University
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    Harvard Medical School
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    University of Washington
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    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory