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Synthace Awarded Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

June 30, 2016
By Business Wire News


Synthace, the pioneering UK based company that provides next generation software and processes to exponentially improve productivity in bioscience, today announces it has been named as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, a selection of the world’s most innovative companies. Using Antha, Synthace’s powerful software and operating system, biologists around the world can dramatically improve, streamline and run biological experimentation and manufacturing processes, helping turn biodesigns into desperately needed new solutions to heal, feed and fuel the growing world population. The company, spun out of University College London, is already serving customers across the pharmaceutical, agriscience and industrial biotechnology industries and is the only UK company to have been selected.

Synthace was chosen by a professional jury among hundreds of candidates as one of the 30 selected companies. Thanks to its selection, it will have access to an influential and sought-after business and political network worldwide.

“We welcome Synthace in this group of extraordinary pioneers,” said Fulvia Montresor, Head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. “Synthace is among those companies that help shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. Through the platform of the World Economic Forum, it will be able to scale and share its technology and achieve a larger impact.”

“We are delighted and proud to have been awarded such a prestigious honour by the WEF. As the only UK company to be in the list, it represents the outstanding quality of our technology and significant dedication of our team. At Synthace we want to empower biologists around the world, enabling them to better understand and work with the complexities of living systems and help us all to build a bigger, stronger bioeconomy and a more sustainable future. We are confident that this WEF recognition will help accelerate further growth and expand our global impact.”

The Technology Pioneers were selected from among hundreds of applicants by a selection committee of 68 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives. The committee based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact, working prototype, viability and leadership. Past recipients include Google (2001), Wikimedia (2007), Mozilla (2007), Kickstarter (2011) and Airbnb (2013). More information on past winners can be found here.

All information on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here:

About Synthace: Synthace is exponentially improving productivity in bioscience with an operating system and platform that enables people to better engineer biology for health, food, energy and manufacturing. Central to its technology is a high-level programming language for biology, designed to make simple, reproducible and scalable workflows that are easily automated and shared. Learn more at

About the WEF: The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (

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Elena Davidson
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