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In August 2017, a coalition of industry and charity partners, led by Professor Sir John Bell, published a report into the life sciences industry – Life Sciences: Industrial Strategy – setting out recommendations for the UK life sciences industry. The report outlined the significant competitive advantages the UK possesses, as well as areas where key developments could fix issues which have slowed down growth. In response to this report, the government published the first Life Sciences Sector Deal, a key component of the Industrial Strategy. (read more…)

The Biochemical Society are looking for volunteers to join a variety of their committees across the Society and Portland Press Publishing. If you would like to be involved with their work, please submit your nomination by 23 November. More information can be found here. (read more…)

Speciality chemicals company Croda International has announced the official launch and certification of its ECO range of bio-based surfactants (read more…)

BBSRC is now inviting applications for the annual awards that celebrate the best innovations arising from biological science research.

Each year the BBSRC Innovator of the Year awards recognise and reward individuals and small teams who have harnessed the potential of their excellent research. (read more…)

The first meeting of the independent Industrial Strategy Council took place on 1 November, led by the Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane. The group agreed how it will assess the government’s progress on the commitments made in the modern Industrial Strategy. (read more…)

The BioPort group from Ghent University is currently looking for two talented PhD students, to be supervised by Professor Inge van Bogaert. BioPort is a young and dynamic research group at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University and recently started a new and emerging research line on extracellular transport over biological membranes related to Industrial Biotechnology.

Details of the two positions can be found here and here.

SynbiCITE launches new five-year strategy, whilst its founders and directors are recognised for their contribution. (read more…)

On 11 October 2018, the Commission has put forward an action plan to develop a sustainable and circular bioeconomy that serves Europe’s society, environment and economy.

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On 6 June 2018, the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF) launches the new ‘National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy to 2030’, promoted in partnership with the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA). The Strategy has been developed by the IBLF and two collaborative networks in industrial biotech, CBMNet and BIOCATNET. (read more…)

We are pleased to confirm that UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC) has agreed to provide a grant of £233,222 to CBMNet to support Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst: Early Stage Feasibility Projects, provided through Wave 1 of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). (read more…)

BBSRC has identified industrial biotechnology and bioenergy as high-level priority areas in its Delivery Plan for 2016-2020. Supporting the BBSRC to achieve its strategic goals, this focused workshop will identify the science and technological barriers that need to be addressed in order to harness the potential of plant ‘cell factories’ for producing biopharmaceuticals. A CBMNet-driven symposium (Manchester, September 2017) brought together key players from Canada, the EU and the UK, to discuss scientific and commercial opportunities and challenges in this space. The goal now is to regroup, with a more focused set of individuals, to refine the landscape and to identify opportunities for collaborative R&D projects involving academia and industry in the UK and Canada. These aims are synergistic with those of CBMNet and IBCarb in the UK, and with the Canadian Glycomics Network, GlycoNet. (read more…)

We are proud to announce that a CBMNet led proposal to the First transnational Call for research projects within the framework of the ERA-NET Cofund on Biotechnologies (ERA CoBioTech) “Biotechnology for a Sustainable Bioeconomy”, has been successful. (read more…)

Great new info-graphic from IBioIC about how industrial biotechnology will shape the home of the future: (read more…)

A great idea often starts with a lightbulb moment, a flash of inspiration that feels like it could be something big – but for many ideas that’s as far as it gets. For successful innovators, getting to the point where things really take off is a long and often winding road of hope, promise, disappointment and renewal. (read more…)

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a report entitled “Evaluation of UK Involvement with the Research Framework Programme and other European Research and Innovation Programmes“. The final report, which was originally commissioned by BEIS in 2015, mainly looks at the UK’s involvement in FP7, but also includes some very early conclusions for participation in Horizon 2020 (using data until February 2016). Furthermore, it includes the results of a survey, case studies on FP7 administration and feedback, which UKRO, together with and a number of subscribers, provided in late 2015. (read more…)

A new analysis of the current state and future direction of UK Industrial Biotechnology (IB) was launched at the University of Sheffield. The report, Developing a Strategy for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in the UK, sets out a series of recommendations designed to make the UK a world leader in IB and create a more sustainable and prosperous economy. (read more…)

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