Open IP models for the Bioeconomy

Our transition towards a more sustainable and resource-efficient bioeconomy has been urged by both researchers and policy makers. This project aims to transform our understanding of the impact of open IP models on the development, diffusion and adoption of bioeconomy related technologies.


The first part of the project focuses on exploring existing open IP models, their characteristics and firms’ willingness to adopt them. With these results, case studies are built to investigate the mechanisms and conditions of how open IP models can be best used to impact our transition towards a bioeconomy in desired directions. Among all the bioeconomy related technologies, this project currently focuses on the applications of synthetic biology, particularly targeting on synthetic engineering of plant and microbial systems.

The project also 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 is supported by UKRI, respectively 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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