Policy & International Engagement

EBRC works to proactively engage on public policy issues that affect or are affected by the advancement of engineering biology. Through the Policy & International Engagement Working Group, EBRC serves as a focal point for international engagement, representing the U.S. engineering biology community in key international forums and processes. In the U.S., the Working Group engages directly with government stakeholders to provide insight from the research base to promote the economic value of U.S. leadership in the field. Community engagement extends to the local level to build awareness of research and economic activity and create supportive research environments. EBRC members have access to resources on approaches for effective engagement locally, nationally, and internationally.

PUBLIC POLICY

EBRC engages with US policy makers to advance early stage engineering biology research in the US.

INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT

EBRC is committed to maintaining connections with international partners and finding ways to build a strong, better coordinated global biotechnology community.

Programs & Activities

  • Engineering Biology Metrics and Technical Standards for the Global Bioeconomy

    To identify stakeholder-driven metrics, metrology, and standards to enhance the performance of engineering biology for commercial and industrial activity.

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  • Global Forum for Engineering Biology

    EBRC is actively working with global leaders to facilitate an exchange of information on the nature and scope of engineering biology research worldwide.

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Working Group

Chair: Paul Freemont
Staff Director: India Hook-Barnard
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    Paul Freemont
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    Karmella Haynes
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    Richard Kitney
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Policy News

  • May 7, 2024

    New Publication: Engineering Biology Metrics and Technical Standards for the Global Bioeconomy

    A new report responding to engineering biology’s need for clear standards and metrics to enable the rapid development of a sustainable bioeconomy.

  • March 22, 2023

    Bold Goals for US Biotech and Biomanufacturing

    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy just released a new report, Bold Goals for U.S. Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing: Harnessing Research and Development to Further Societal Goals. Focusing on bold goals to advance the American bioeconomy, the report is a product of directions given in Section III of the Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy. The report was informed by, and directly references, the recent policy papers published by EBRC, which can be viewed here.

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  • July 9, 2019

    Entrepreneurial Scientist & Engineer Fellowship in Sustainable Foods

    Purple Orange Ventures, an impact seed fund from Berlin, has just launched an Entrepreneurial Scientist & Engineer Fellowship Program in partnership with The Good Food Institute, New Harvest and Proveg to help accelerate the animal-free foodtech movement in Europe, UK, Israel, and Singapore. The program provides 120K EUR of equity-free grant funding and coaching for 12 months to support the initial research necessary for starting a truly impactful company in the space. The full program description is available at https://www.purpleorange.com/fellowship.

  • May 8, 2019

    Global Biofoundry Alliance Launches

    A group of over 15 biofoundries from around the world came together in in Kobe, Japan to launch the Global Biofoundry Alliance. Read more about it in Nature Communications.

  • February 16, 2019

    U.S. FDA Proposed Rule

    The U.S. FDA has issued a proposed rule on amending the definition of “biological product”. Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted by February 25, 2019. Federal Register.

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