Sang Yup Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Cho Byung-Kwan, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Akihiko Kondo, Kobe University

Melanie Weingarten, A*STAR

Chenli Liu, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT)

Wen Shan Yew, National University of Singapore

Challenges and Opportunities for Synthetic Biology in Asia

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How can Asia develop a vibrant and collaborative Synthetic Biology ecosystem? How can we develop local research, innovation, and talent growth? What are the unique challenges and opportunities in the region?

The Asian Synthetic Biology Association (ASBA) and the Singapore Synthetic Biology Technology Consortium (SINERGY) are co-organizing a half-day symposium with distinguished guests from China, Japan, Korea, and Singapore. The event will feature a keynote talk by Sn Yup Lee, one of the most influential synthetic biology innovator in the world, an overview of the synthetic biology state in the different countries, and a panel discussion where the speakers – and the audience – can reflect on how the Synthetic Biology can benefit the local ecosystems, fostering a culture of ambitious, collaborative, and equitable innovation.


2:00 PM – 2:05 PM: Opening (Chang Matthew)

2:05 PM – 2:50 PM: Plenary talk on the future of synthetic biology (Sang Yup Lee)

2:50 PM – 3:05 PM: Japan’s synthetic biology research (Akihiko Kondo)

3:05 PM – 3:20 PM: China’s synthetic biology research (Chenli Liu)

3:20 PM – 3:50 PM: Tea break

3:50 PM – 4:05 PM: Korea’s synthetic biology research (Cho Byung-Kwan)

4:05 PM – 4:20 PM: Singapore’s synthetic biology research (Wen Shan Yew)

4:20 PM – 4:50 PM: Panel discussion on Asia’s synthetic biology research & partnership (Wataru Mizunashi, Melanie Weingarten, Xian-En Zhang, Seung Goo Lee, Chueh Loo Poh), Kostas Vavitsas (panel moderator)

4:50 PM – 5:00 PM: Closing

Company description:


the Singapore Consortium for Synthetic Biology, SINERGY, aims to consolidate Singapore’s capabilities in synthetic biology and harness synergies across industry sectors to create a vibrant and globally connected bio-based economy in Singapore.

About ASBA

Asian Synthetic Biology Association (ASBA) is an international association of synthetic biologists centered in Asia. The headquarters of ASBA is located in Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China.