Engineering Biology (2019)

A Research Roadmap for the Next-Generation Bioeconomy

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A Primer on DBTL

Technical Themes Application & Impact Sectors
Engineering DNA Industrial Biotechnology
Biomolecular Engineering Health & Medicine
Host Engineering Food & Agriculture
Data Science Environmental Biotechnology

How to cite Engineering Biology

Engineering Biology Research Consortium (2019). Engineering Biology: A Research Roadmap for the Next-Generation Bioeconomy. Retrieved from DOI: 10.25498/E4159B

What is Engineering Biology

With the 2019 inaugural release of Engineering Biology, EBRC provided a “go-to” resource for engineering/synthetic biology research and development. The Roadmap is the first critical assessment of the 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.

2019 Process

Working with the broader EBRC community, the Technical Roadmapping Working Group led the development of the roadmap scope and content. Collective insight and substantive contributions were provided by from more than 80 leading scientists and engineers, including academic, industry, and student members of EBRC and from the broader research community. From mid-2018 until publication, the working group held six workshops and countless teleconferences to develop the content and engage discussion around the roadmap. The result was a collaborative effort that represented the engineering biology research community’s vision for the future of the field.

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