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Dr Forman studies the emergent properties of biomaterials and how they could be exploited for technological purposes. The ultimate aim of his research is to achieve digital control over every level in the manufacturing process from molecules to complete systems. He has degrees in theoretical physics and nanotechnology and a PhD in experimental biophysics. His approach is to combine synthetic biology and additive manufacturing to create a powerful generalised fabrication technique, that uses the same core materials (C, H, N, O, P, S) as natural ecosystems. Such a sophisticated materials and manufacturing platform will facilitate the conversion to a circular economy.