Evonetix Establishes Scientific Advisory Board
Evonetix, the Cambridge-based company pioneering an innovative approach to scalable and high-fidelity gene synthesis, today announces the formation of its scientific advisory board (SAB). Evonetix has appointed Prof David Klenerman FMedSci FRS and Prof Andrew Briggs to advise the Company on key focus areas in synthetic biology and bioethics, to support the development of its novel DNA synthesis platform.
Prof Klenerman is Professor of Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, where he also earned his PhD. His research focusses on developing quantitative biophysical methods, applied to biology and biomedicine. Prof Klenerman co-developed next-generation DNA sequencing methods that were subsequently commercialised by Solexa (now Illumina), which he also co-founded. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and The Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and has received numerous awards including a Royal Medal and Interdisciplinary Award of the RSC.
Prof Andrew Briggs is Professor of Nanomaterials at the University of Oxford, where his research focusses on materials and techniques for quantum information technologies, and investigating vibrational states of nanotubes and charge transport through single molecules in graphene nanogaps. In addition to publishing nearly 600 peer-reviewed scientific papers, he is author of several books that address scientific issues in the context of a broader humanist debate. His interests include understanding the influence of new technologies, and how society views their potential impact on human flourishing. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge.
“Profs Klenerman and Briggs are highly regarded in their respective fields. The unique expertise that each of these individuals bring to our SAB will be invaluable as we strive to make DNA synthesis accessible to diverse industries from pharmaceuticals, to industrial biotech, specialty chemicals, energy agriculture and potentially also digital data storage.”