A industrially led consortium of GSK, Ineos, Ingenza, Sustainable Solutions, Applikon, HGCA, SASOL, Lucite International and four leading Scottish Universities(Strathclyde(lead), Edinburgh, Glasgow and UHI(SAMS) are bidding for £10million from the Scottish Funding Council to set up an Innovation Centre in Industrial Biotechnology. The Centre will be driven by industrial need. Our vision is the establishment of an internationally leading Innovation Centre for the use of Industrial Biotechnology in product development and improving manufacturing processes, and which, within five years, makes a critical contribution to the enhancement of the Scottish bio-economy.
Industry partners have indicated the need for research in five key thematic areas, Sustainable Feedstocks for IB Processes (from terrestrial and marine sources), Enzymes, Biocatalysis and Biotransformations, Cell Factory Construction and Process Physiology, Downstream Processing and Bioprocess Integration.
Academic core Skills
These research themes match on to established capabilities in research within the partner universities. Key delivery mechanisms for IBIC will include industrially specified research projects, short development studies, and industrial PhD programmes, together with training programmes including substantial Entrepreneurial and Business Management elements
Expanding the Consortium
The Consortium welcomes discussions with any companies who have interests in IB or who have the aim of examining how IB might help their business in the future. Companies who are already members of other Centres supporting IB are eligible for membership. To discuss how your company could benefit from joining the IBIC consortium, contact Prof Brian McNeil, Strathclyde University.
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