Disruptive Synthetic Biology Innovations to Drive Health, Food, Sustainable Energy, and Industrial Decarbonization Food, Sustainable Energy and Industrial Decarbonization.

The SYNTHBIOMICS project seeks to make visible the potential of Synthetic Biology in key areas for the economic development of Navarra. Synthetic biology combines principles of biology, chemistry, engineering and computation to create tools and techniques that allow manipulating and reprogramming living organisms to perform specific tasks. 

SYNTHBIOMICS proposes the development and implementation of a biotechnological strategy with three main lines of action.

  1. Firstly, and in a completely novel way, we will proceed to the design and synthesis of a synthetic library of nanobodies that will be validated in-vitro and in-vivo in the context of a tumor antigen of therapeutic relevance.
  2. Secondly, biosensors based on nucleic acids will be generated using nanoparticles or modified microorganisms for the detection of contaminants in food.
  3. Finally, progress will be made in the implementation of procedures to fix C1 compounds for the production of chemical intermediates that can be converted into advanced fuels and other bioproducts.

In summary, synthetic biology is an emerging technology with enormous potential for the development of new biotechnological solutions in fields as diverse as health, food, energy and industry. The ability to design and build new tailor-made biological systems offers a unique opportunity to address some of the most pressing global challenges of our time.

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Coordinator and partners

Synthbiomics project participants

Project coordinator: 

  • Fundación para la Investigación Médica Aplicada (FIMA)

Project partners:

  • Centro Nacional de Tecnología y Seguridad
    Alimentaria (CNTA)
  • Centro Nacional de Energías Renovables (CENER)
  • Navarra de Servicios y Tecnologías (NASERTIC)
  • Centro Stirling

Synthbiomics Project Objectives

Pioneer project in the Comunidad Foral

Availability of "off-the-shelf" nanobodies

Obtained from the synthetic library, which can be used for the recognition of any antigen

Generation of specific biosensors

For more sensitive detection of food contaminants (acrylamides, arsenic, pesticides, etc.)

Generation of sustainable chemical platforms

For the production of (bio)fuels and other (bio)products, contributing to the reduction of GHG emissions and the development of renewable (bio)fuels and (bio)products.

Icono equipo profesionales Synthbiomics Project participants

  • Antonio Pineda-Lucena
  • José Antonio Rodríguez
  • Elena Sáez de Blas
  • Eva Molina
  • Franco Bernasconi
  • Elsa Losada
  • Raquel Virto
  • Laura Sánchez 
  • Javier Butrón 
  • Laura Ruiz 
  • Cristina Sáenz 
  • Isabel Benito
  • Dante Fratebianchi
  • Sebastián Matías Tapia
  • Leticia Ortiz
  • Nerea Moreno
  • Paula Romanos
  • Patricia Arrubla
  • Paula Corral
  • Rodrigo Fernández
  • Irantzu Alegría
  • Raquel Malumbres
  • Diego Orol
  • Laura Garcia
  • Eva Petri
  • Sergio Marín
  • Gonzalo Rodríguez
  • Ibai Goicoechea
  • Igor Ruiz de los Mozos
  • Iranzu Lamberto
  • Susana Pedrosa
  • María Dolores López
  • Jorge Jiménez
  • Cristina García
  • Silvia Zabala
  • Aaron Cabrera
  • Arantxa Sánchez
  • Nerea Garde
  • Ángel Ursúa
  • Ana Brotons-Cantó
  • Izaskun Imbuluzqueta
  • Edurne Luque
  • Pablo Rosas
  • Raquel Campión
  • Irene Lecuna
  • Mariano Oto

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