Emerging Policy Issues in Synthetic Biology

Creating Emerging Technology Foresight Strategies for Synthetic Biology


Students will coordinate with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Bio-, Nano-, and Converging Technology to develop strategies to anticipate the development of emerging technologies and novel applications beginning with the field of Synthetic Biology (synbio). The development of these strategies will help the OECD monitor new technologies and determine their need for governance. The analysis will require desk research and interviews with practitioners in the field who have conducted these studies. This meta-study will assess any systematic gaps in foresight activity for potential benefits and risks in the short, medium, and long term.

Project Leads: Nita Farahany, J.D., Ph.D. And Michael “Buz” Waitzkin J.D.

Project Manager: Esko Brummel M.A.

View the team’s project poster here: AE+ SynBio Poster