Newcastle Central MP and Shadow Minister for Science Research and Innovation Chi Onwurah spoke at SynBioBeta 2023 last week.
At the Conference, Chi named two great Newcastle based Synthetic Biology start-ups and also promoted Newcastle University’s Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE).
- HBBE grows building materials from mushrooms and grew a structure using fungal mycelium and sawdust.
- Iksuda produces class-leading antibody drug conjugates, targeting cancerous cells whilst sparing healthy ones.
- NunaBio, a Newcastle University spin-out, have technology which synthesises DNA through enzymatic methods, making manufacturing DNA cheaper and quicker.
“In Newcastle, we are proud to host the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE), Iksuda and NunaBio. Supporting our bio-economy start ups and spin outs will help grow our regional and national economy, delivering good jobs and build our industrial future
“Labour will take advantage of our excellent starting point so that the UK can lead the way in the industries of the future in areas such as advanced materials, bioengineering and clean tech”
Last Monday, Keir Starmer set out Labour’s national mission of building an NHS Fit for the Future, saying that science and “Science and technology are game changers” and “with artificial intelligence, with personalised medicine, with new vaccines, we stand on the cusp of a revolution that could transform healthcare for the better”