The synthetic biology pilot
The synthetic biology pilot was undertaken in the UK. This country has a mature governance and framework for SynBio, and several companies in UK are already aware of RRI, for example through their existing networks and the activities of the UK Research Councils albeit with slightly differing interpretations of RRI.
The chosen tool for the pilot is a repository of learning cases. The industry actors which participated are Cambridge Consultants, Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence), and Innovation and Sparkling Science Ltd, a micro biotech company. Each of them was asked to write a learning case study about what RRI meant for them, in their own context. Sally Randles from Manchester Metropolitan University explains
“The output are three Case Studies in the form of short practitioner-authored vignettes. They will help the governance layer to work through what might be needed to standardize an accreditation/certification process for companies and organizations that will incorporate RRI. An example of that is the work that we did with Cambridge Consultants, that takes a particular role as a knowledge intermediary in the ecosystem. The things that they discussed in their really interesting Case Study came from the perspective of bridging different technologies, different clients and different positions in the innovation ecosystem.”
Click here to download the full report on the pilot activity