With a market representing more than $600 million per year in the United States alone, the Consumer Goods industry is poised to be disrupted by synthetic biology.
Imagine the leaps in skincare when advanced proteins are bio-designed and grown in a lab without animal testing. But in more than just skincare, the ability to bioengineer products will issue a fundamental paradigm shift in the goods we can create and the breadth of consumer choice. From our toothpaste and shampoo to our vitamin supplements and prescriptions, individually tailoring the consumables that occupy our day to day is no longer just a figment of some far off future.
Last but not least, Consumer Goods has already witnessed a shift in retail manufacturing as lab-grown leather leads the way to a more sustainable retail industry.
Synthetic Biology is now leading the way forward in the development of biomaterials used in conjunction with 3D printing technology for organ printing. Such technologies could save millions of lives by by addressing the transplant shortage.
More than just biomaterials , synthetic biology is driven by disruptive innovation in our ability to make it cheaper, easier and safer to read, write or edit DNA.
Technologies like high-throughout, CRISPR-based genome engineering have been deployed now in large scale and are getting more public attention as we witness now its use in the next generation of cellular therapies.
Synthetic Biology hold the ability to shift the way that we grow and consume food.
Our agriculture industry relies for now on the massive use of fertilizers which have a significant impact on both our health and the environment. Reinventing fertilizers, synthetic biology can be used to create living products based on soil microbes.
Synthetic biology also offers new food options through the booming development of animal cells growth allowing us to look at a future where eating lab-grown artificial meat will seem as mondaine as having a cell phone.
In the fight against pollution, synthetic biology brings a real alternative option to the use of petroleum-based materials and chemicals through the advent of biomaterials.
Scientists are now producing bioengineered polymers to replace everyday plastics. These polymers which are biodegradable and low in toxicity represent the way forward on curving the impact of our society on Earth.
Already, synthetic biology companies are partnering with the retail industry to deliver sustainable, biologically derived packaging materials.
Reprogramming the brain that is the promise of the disruptive discipline of synthetic neurobiology, nothing less.
Improving on traditional technologies like low-throughput microscopy and electrophysiological and imaging approaches, genetic techniques open the window to the development of a range of tools dedicated to the recording, control and eventually repair of neural dynamics.