LEAP aims to build processes and communities that actively question, evaluate and respond to emerging challenges in the development of biotechnology.
Create the time, space, and framework for active reflection on the diverse, and sometimes conflicting, public interests and values.
Create a community of leaders in Synthetic Biology that can collaborate and share their ideas and build projects
Bring together the Synthetic Biology community with outside stakeholders to create lasting impacts
Create tools to help leaders realize their visions for their role in promoting synthetic biology in the public interest
Catalyzing leadership for biotechnology in the public interest
Synthetic biology is maturing into a globally significant enterprise with potentially far-reaching impacts across energy, the environment and health. Yet the network of people working in synthetic biology is increasingly diverse and distributed, making it ever more challenging to orient and organize efforts to deliver meaningful public goods.
To best advance synthetic biology, and biotechnology more broadly, we need new leaders and strategies for effectively engaging across academic, industry, government and public-benefit organizations.
The Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program (LEAP) envisions catalyzing a next generation of leaders in biotechnology to drive the responsible development of the field. In addition to building a cadre of young professionals taking on leadership roles in the synthetic biology community, LEAP aims to create sustainable tools and mechanisms for engaging a broader range of practitioners in the societal role of biotechnology development.
LEAP has designed a program to facilitate leadership development and catalyze new initiatives to advance biotechnology in the public interest.
Reviewing the social, technical, economic and political state of the field
Developing professional skills and Strategic Actions Plans
A world-class network of leaders across sectors and disciplines
Supporting the top Action Plans aimed at catalyzing new initiatives
Strategic Action Plans
Developed by Fellows which aim to address key issues for the field
Fellows' insights and reflections during the Landscaping Workshop
Community Action Plans
Action plans from the community inspired by the LEAP program