Open IP models for the Bioeconomy

This project aims to transform our understanding of which IP (Intellectual Property) management models exist, mechanisms (how) and conditions under which (when, where) they positively impact sustainability transitions. The project focuses on how OpenIP models can accelerate the development, adoption and diffusion of synthetic biology in the bioeconomy, particularly targeting on synthetic engineering of plant and microbial systems.


The project aims to provide insight into i) implications for the ability of businesses to adopt new synthetic biology tools and technologies ii) identifying IP models that will play a role in successful business models for implementation of a sustainable bioeconomy.


This project receives funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Cambridge Trust, and is in collaboration with the Department of Plant Sciences and the OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre. It is also aligned with the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative of University of Cambridge.


Project lead: Aocheng Tang

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