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Synthetic Biology (SynBio) was defined by ERASynBio as " the engineering of biology: the deliberate (re)design and construction of novel biological and biologically based parts, devices and systems to perform new functions for useful purposes, that draws on principles elucidated from biology and engineering."

Its industrial applications lie in the fields of environment, healthcare, materials and energy.

The Institute of Systems & Synthetic Biology (iSSB) belongs to the UMR 8030, a mixed research unit of University of Évry-Val-d'Essonne, University Paris-Saclay, CEA and CNRS. It is supported by Genopole.

It includes four teams active in the fields of xeno-nucleic acids and synthetic genomics, and of synthetic biochemical circuits. Their acronyms are Xenome, MEGA, Synth-Bio and Bio-Retrosynth.

iSSB represents the academic core of a local SynBio "ecosystem" comprising in addition a master degree (mSSB), an iGEM team (iGEM Evry), an annual School (aSSB), a few small companies, and a technological platform (abSYNTH).

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Location - contact


5 rue Henri Desbruères
Genopole Campus 1, Bât. 6

contact (at)

Phone: +33(0)1 69 47 44 30
Fax: +33(0)1 69 47 44 37


To visit us, please follow Genopole access indications.  Once on Genopole campus 1, iSSB is located on the first floor of Building 6, which is the first building to your left as you cross the pedestrian gate, or to your right as you cross the car gate.


Longitude: E 2° 27' 4''
Latitude: N 48° 37' 7''



Symposium BioSynSys 2017. 3rd symposium of the GDR "Biologie de Synthèse et des Systèmes", 18 - 20 October, 2017, in Montpellier (France).

  Based on publications in synthetic biology, an independent study (Nov 2015) found that iSSB ranks 3rd lab in Europe and 9th in the world, despite a comparatively small size. 

 iSSB is pleased to announce the creation of the spin-off Inovactis, founded by two former mSSB students. 

  The European Experience 2016!  The teams iGEM Evry and iGEM IONIS have organized together a thrilling meeting week-end, gathering students from all Europe.