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A new lease of life

26 Jul 2018

Understanding the risks of synthetic biology

Synthetic biology, the application of engineering principles to genetic modification is a market forecast to grow to $39bn by 2020. In recent years scientists have been applying engineering principles to biology, creating functions that do not exist in nature to prevent and treat disease, create materials and energy sources, make crops more resistant and even support space exploration.

As this market develops the risk profile is changing. Commercialisation and digitalisation of research are enabling faster adoption and with further developments on the horizon, it is critical for insurers to consider the associated risks and opportunities.

To help the Lloyd’s market understand this rapidly evolving technology, Lloyd’s has worked with Drs John Heap and Karen Polizzi of Imperial College London, who provided their independent opinion, to produce ‘A new lease of life’. 

Key takeaways
A new lease of life: key takeaways
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A new lease of life

A Lloyd's Emerging Risk Report

The report is aimed at underwriters, brokers and exposure managers who are or will be exposed to synthetic biology, to encourage them to work with manufacturers to support the responsible development of new technologies and solutions.

The report also covers recent developments since our 2009 report and commercial applications, including an overview of the associated risks.