This article outlines the role of synthetic biology in current industrial biotechnology production platforms, and gives insights into possible further developments.


This transatlantic exchange of perspectives on bioeconomy notions was organised by KIT-ITAS and TU Darmstadt in collaboration with the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts and took place in Brussels at the Palace of the Academies on October 8 & 9, 2015. The workshop brought together European and U.S. experts from the fields of policymaking, industry and civil society organisations discussing different stakeholder perspectives on bioeconomic notions, expectations and future challenges.


Synthetic biology is already being used in the processing of biomass to produce industrial goods such as biofuels, commodities for the chemical industry and ingredients for consumer goods.