Opportunities in biotechnology

Kevan M.A. Gartland, Jill S. Gartland

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Strategies for biotechnology must take account of opportunities for research, innovation and business growth. At a regional level, public-private collaborations provide potential for such growth and the creation of centres of excellence. By considering recent progress in areas such as genomics, healthcare diagnostics, synthetic biology, gene editing and bio-digital technologies, opportunities for smart, strategic and specialised investment are discussed. These opportunities often involve convergent or disruptive technologies, combining for example elements of pharma-science, molecular biology, bioinformatics and novel device development to enhance biotechnology and the life sciences. Analytical applications use novel devices in mobile health, predictive diagnostics and stratified medicine. Synthetic biology provides opportunities for new product development and increased efficiency for existing processes. Successful centres of excellence should promote public-private business partnerships, clustering and global collaborations based on excellence, smart strategies and innovation if they are to remain sustainable in the longer term.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-45
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biotechnology
Early online date8 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2018


  • biotechnology
  • research and innovation
  • genomics
  • biomedicine
  • m-Health
  • digital science
  • synthetic biology
  • gene editing
  • agriculture
  • collaborations


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