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Technological advancements in climate adaptation and mitigation, including synthetic biology, are emerging in response to climate change challenges like natural disasters, food security threats, and ecosystem alterations. Synthetic biology, a key area in climate technology, explores using biological processes to tackle the climate crisis, focusing on rejuvenating ecosystems and enhancing carbon sequestration.

Current research in synthetic biology investigates the use of microbial systems to capture atmospheric CO₂ and transform pollutants into sustainable energy and food sources. This field is pivotal in shaping a sustainable future for the planet's ecology, necessitating a critical evaluation of its potential role in addressing climate change.

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Climate Tech & Environment Sessions at SynBioBeta 2024:

  • Can Synthetic Biology Heal Exponential Climate Change? It’s clearer than ever that our environment is exponentially tumbling towards collapse. As synbio begins to impact industrial sectors from food to chemicals and materials, we have the potential to slow climate change while building more resilient economies for generations to come. Achieving a robust and sustainable bioeconomy is no mean feat. Companies need to balance their budget, mission, runway, and market all while competing against entrenched practices replete with carbon emissions. How can we ensure synbio products are commercialized in time to have an impact on our future? What do leaders need to consider as they plan their next 10 years and what will it take to create billion-dollar synbio companies that disrupt unsustainable incumbents? Join the conversation with industry and investment experts to learn what it takes to build for synbio success.

  • The Future For Biosolutions in the Energy Transition. Biotech has already transformed human life and there is a lot of speculation about the role it could play in the fight against climate change. In a Foresight study done by Cemvita, the company systematically studied which levers of change can drive bio-solution adoption across the energy transition landscape. In this talk, discover which scenarios could emerge and what challenges and opportunities the synbio community may see as a result. The goal is to proactively anticipate what may inhibit, enhance, or blindside synbio’s potential and to provide a tangible framework for entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors.

  • Feeding the World E-fish-iently One Krill Replacement at a Time. The demand for seafood is accelerating as the global population grows and many consumers choose fish over more carbon-intensive foods like beef and chicken. Synthetic biology can play a key role in combating food and nutrition gaps by supplying the ingredients necessary to increase farmed fish production. Krill are commonly used as a palatant and attractant for farmed fish, and as human nutritional supplements. At the base of marine food chains, they are an important keystone species that could be saved by synbio. This session will delve into the world of animal nutrition and the immediate need for replacements of traditional wild-caught marine ingredients like fishmeal, fish oil, and krill meal. Hear how synthesized nutrients can rapidly feed fish, other livestock, and even people while preserving our marine ecosystems, creating diverse business opportunities, and growing the bioeconomy.

  • Redefining the Bottom Line: Value Creation for Shareholders and the Planet. In an ever-evolving landscape of corporate responsibility, organizations are favoring new business models that reflect a global paradigm shift toward a new bottom line—one that goes beyond traditional shareholder value to prioritize the well-being of our planet. Rethinking the metrics of success means examining the interconnectedness of financial prosperity and planetary well-being and considering the age-old question: cui bono?

  • Bioremediation and Biorecycling for the Circular Economy. Biology is the original circular economy in action—waste doesn’t exist. The dream of a circular economy starts with treating waste and pollutants as resources rather than liabilities.

  • SynBio-Enhanced Supply Chain Security: Feedstocks and Distributed Manufacturing for Global Climate Resilience. In an era of climate-induced supply chain disruptions, synthetic biology presents a compelling opportunity to bolster global resource security. By leveraging localized feedstocks and distributed manufacturing, regions can shore up domestic supply chains, reduce carbon footprints associated with global shipping, and offset supply chain disruptions in other places. 

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