The Engineering Biology Advisory Committee (EBAC) is composed of industry experts in engineering/synthetic biology and provides a forum for BIA members to discuss and keep abreast of the key issues associated with the rapidly increasing pace with which we can engineer biology.
- Represent the UK engineering biology sector at both the UK and international conferences, including organising a session at the Bioscience Forum
- Coordinate activities with stakeholders across the sector, including the Engineering Biology Leadership Council (EBLC), the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF), and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
- Connect with companies working in agricultural and industrial biotech to expand EBAC’s remit.
- Continue to work with funders and civil servants as the UKRI National Engineering Biology Programme is developed further.
- Support BIA lobbying activities through its activities at Parliament Day, the representation of member views concerning UK R&D funding, and new government proposals to modify the regulatory framework for GM activities.
- Continue to inform BIA members on the National Security and Investment Bill and monitor the new regime’s implications on UK engineering biology.
- Inform the BIA’s skills work to ensure the interests and needs of engineering biology companies are represented.
- Help promote engineering biology’s capabilities towards supporting NetZero.
3. Expert Advice
- Support the BIA’s efforts to stop the inclusion of digital sequence information into the Nagoya Protocol, together with IPAC’s Nagoya subcommittee.
- Support the growth and development of SMEs in engineering biology, including facilitating engagement with investors and funders, connecting SMEs with biomanufacturers, and keeping SMEs updated on the regulatory environment.