Projects we have funded

Here you can see some of the projects we have funded so far.


”Proof of concept funding offered by CBMNet has enabled Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies and the Pilizota lab at The University of Edinburgh to carry out translational research based on the academic lab’s recent findings. CBMNet has helped inform the Pilizota lab on the challenges faced by the industry and has given Fujifilm access to the latest research findings that would not be translated without this interaction through the network.” – Dr Teuta Pilizota, The University of Edinburgh



Following an initial meeting with Douglas at a CBMNet event, it was clear that his systems biology lab was well placed to look into the question of flux control via transporters. The first question in such an endeavour is to find the actual actors, and this was carried out most effectively. We also enjoyed learning about the latest tools for genomics and genome-based network modelling. The insights gained from this BIV will prove invaluable in future work.” – Dr Doug Cossar, Croda


Project TypeProject TitleUniversity partnerIndutry partnerProject Outcomes
Vacation ScholarhshipUsing E. coli turgor pressure regulation to optimize product excretionUniversity of Edinburghn/aUnderstanding the production of biologic drugs made using bacteria
Proof of ConceptEffect of oxygen availability on export of citramalate by E. coliUniversity of NottinghamLucite
Proof of ConceptA novel screen for product molecule compatibility with the production cell that accounts for intracellular toxicityUniversity of SheffieldCPI / CrodaUniversity of Sheffield Proof-of-Concept case study
Business Interaction VoucherEvolution of butanol resistance in Escherichia coliUniversity of YorkGreen BiologicsUniversity of York Business Interaction Voucher case study
Business Interaction VoucherN-butanol interactions with biological membranesUniversity of LincolnGreen BiologicsUnderstanding the effects of n-Butanol on biological membranes
Proof of ConceptTowards an integrated multi-omic assessment of membrane responses during industrially relevant high level protein production and secretionUniversity of SheffieldFujifilm DiosynthUniversity of Sheffield Proof of Concept Funding case study
Proof of ConceptUsing E. coli turgor pressure regulation to optimize product excretion and prevent unwanted cytoplasmic leakageUniversity of EdinburghFujifilm DiosynthUniversity of Edinburgh Proof-of-Concept Case Study
Proof of ConceptIdentification of malodour precursor transporter inhibitors using chemical & structural biologyUniversity of YorkUnileverUniversity of York and Unilever Proof of Concept Case Study
Business Interaction VoucherTransporter systems for fatty acids in a glycolipid-producing yeastUniversity of ManchesterCrodaMembrane transporters and Mannosylerythritol lipid production
Vacation ScholarhshipEnhancing industrial succinate production in Corynebacterium glutamicumStrathclyde Universityn/aUniversity of Strathclyde Vacation Scholarhsip Case study
Vacation ScholarhshipDevelopment of a novel technique to characterise membrane transport and its application to metal transportUniversity of Leedsn/aUniversity of Leeds Vacation Scholarship Case study
Vacation ScholarhshipOptimal expression attenuation of membrane transporter proteinsUniversity of Manchestern/a
Vacation ScholarhshipThe function of the aromatic acid transporter VanKUniversity of Bristoln/aUniversity of Bristol Vacation Scholarship
Vacation ScholarhshipCharacterisation of membrane transport by a novel family of efflux proteinsUniversity of Leedsn/aUniversity of Leeds and Lucite Business Interaction Voucher Case Study
Vacation ScholarhshipDesigning a new coat for E. coliUniversity of Readingn/aUniversity of Reading Vacation Scholarship Case Study
Business Interaction VoucherEvaluation of recombinant enzyme production extra-cellularly in Bacillus subtilus Newcastle UniversityBiocatalysts LtdUniversity of Newcastle Business Interaction Voucher case study
Business Interaction VoucherSolid state NMR analysis of lipid/surfactant interactions University of Nottingham Croda Europe Ltd
Proof of ConceptPlants as Nanoparticle ProducersUniversity of YorkTeeGene Biotech Ltd and Johnson MathheyUniversity of York Proof of Concept Funding case study
Proof of ConceptIdentifying and characterising protective lipid changes under solventogenic stressUniversity of LincolnGreen BiologicsUniversity of Lincoln and Green Proof-of-Concept Case Study
Business Interaction VoucherAcoustical modifications to increase recombinant glycoprotein expression from
engineered E. coli cells
University of SheffieldCelbius Ltd
Business Interaction VoucherIn vitro and in silico models of n-butanol membrane interactionsUniversity of LincolnGreen BiologicsUniversity of Lincoln and Green Biologics Business Interaction Voucher Case Study
Early Career Researcher GrantGrant to pay for an early career researchers to attend “'Membrane Proteins From A to Z SymposiumUniversity of Cambridgen/aEarly Career Researcher Grant_Membrane Symposium
Early Career Researcher GrantGrant to pay for an early career researchers to attend “'Membrane Proteins From A to Z SymposiumUniversity of Sheffieldn/aEarly Career Researcher Grant_Membrane Symposium
Early Career Researcher GrantGrant to attend Industrial Biotechnology: Biocatalysis through Synthetic Biology CourseUniversity of Sheffieldn/a
Early Career Researcher GrantGrant to attend Industrial Biotechnology: Biocatalysis through Synthetic Biology CourseUniversity of Sheffieldn/a
Early Career Researcher GrantGrant to attend Eco-Bio 2016 conferenceUniversity of Bathn/a
Business Interaction VoucherProduction of review article: ''Resistance of microorganisms to toxic chemical bio-products''University of NottinghamGreen Biologics Ltd, Croda Europe Ltd, Algaecytes, Ingenza, Lucite, CPI, Johnson Matthey
Business Interaction VoucherFlow cytometry assay development for industrial biotechnology plastic productionUniversity of EdinburghIngenza LimitedUniversity of Edinburgh and Ingenza Business Interaction Voucher Case Study
Public Engagement GrantSchool debate: how should we use our resources?University of Lincolnn/a
Business Interaction VoucherLowering the disulphide load in the periplasm of E. coli cell factoriesUniversity of KentFujiFilm Diosynth BiotechnologiesUniversity of kent and Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies Business Interaction Voucher Case Study
Proof of Concept Identification of Membrane Transporters of Lignin monomersUniversity of ManchesterCPI/Oxford Biotrans LtdUniversity of Manchester and Oxford Biotrans Proof-of-Concept Case Study.pptx
Proof of Concept Engineering Exosome Production by CHO CellsUniversity of SheffieldUCB Pharma
Business Interaction VoucherEngineering E. coli for enhanced production of antibody fragmentsUniversity of KentFujiFilm Diosynth BiotechnologiesUniversity of kent and Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies Business Interaction Voucher Case Study
Proof of ConceptA potent synthetic biology strategy for increasing transporter-mediated terpenoid efflux from E. coliUniversity of ManchesterCrodaUniversity of Manchester and CRODA Case Study
Early Career Researcher GrantTravel to CBMNet conference at Microbiology Society Annual MeetingUniversity of Sussexn/a
Business Interaction VoucherReplacing osmotic downshocks with upshocks for periplasmic protein extractionUniversity of EdinburghFujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
Vacation ScholarshipBacterial mimicking liposomesUniversity of BristolProcter and Gamble
Vacation Scholarshiphe role of HMA and COPT proteins in trans membrane movement of palladium University of Yorkn/a
Vacation ScholarshipAn enhanced platform for translocation of biotherapeutics to the E. coli periplasmUniversity of Kentn/a
Vacation ScholarshipModelling of multifactorial solvent stress on membranesUniversity of Lincolnn/aAston University Vacation Scholarhsip case study
Vacation ScholarshipMembrane stability models in the presence of methacrylate estersUniversity of Nottinghamn/a
Vacation ScholarshipInvestigating the role of periplasmic and transmembrane domains of mechanosensitive channels in E.coli membrane integrityUniversity of Aberdeenn/a
Business Interaction VoucherBioinformatic-Based Design of Engineering Strategies to Increase CHO Cell Biomass Accumulation RateUniversity of SheffieldLonzaUniversity of Sheffield Business Interaction Voucher Case Study
Business Interaction VoucherCondition-specific engineering of Pseudomonas metabolismUniversity of SheffieldTeeGene Biotech LtdUniversity of Teesside and TeeGene Biotech Limited Business Interaction Voucher Case Study
Vacation ScholarshipConstruction of glucose transporter mutants of Clostridium beijerinckiiUniversity of Surreyn/a
Business Interaction VoucherInvestigation into the effect of increased cytoplasmic membrane invaginations on secretion during industrial fermentation systems.University of KentFujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
Business Interaction VoucherInvestigation of effect of recombinant outer membrane vesicle production on secretion in industrial fermentation systems. University of KentFujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
Business Interaction VoucherTesting a prototype engineered bacterial flagella Type III Secretion System for ‘true’
protein secretion in biotechnology - a Proof of Concept study
University of SheffieldFujiFilm Diosynth BiotechnologiesUniversity of Sheffield Business Interaction Voucher Case Study
Business Interaction VoucherEfflux from bacteria of feedstocks for industrial manufactureUniversity of LeedsLuciteUniversity of Leeds and Lucite Business Interaction Voucher Case Study
Business Interaction VoucherOptimization of influenza vaccine manufacturing through modification of cellular membrane organization.University of KentMatTek CorporationTemplate
Business Interaction VoucherDevelopment of Clostridium saccharoperbutylacetonicum transposon mutagenesisUniversity of SheffieldGreen Biologics LimitedUniversity of Sheffield and Green Biologics Business Interaction Voucher Case Study
Business Interaction VoucherSMALP technology: unlocking membrane proteins for drug discoveryUniversity of BirminghamMedimmune LtdUniversity of Birmingham and MedImmune Business Interaction Voucher Case Study
Early Career Researcher GrantProtein secretion in bacteria conferenceUniversity of Bathn/a
Early Career Researcher GrantPresenting at "Multi-Drug Efflux Systems" - Gordon Research Conference and Seminar in Galveston (Texas, USA) in March 2017University of Cambridgen/a
Business Interaction VoucherMembrane stability and disruption by chimeric antimicrobial peptides University of NottinghamDuPont
Business Interaction VoucherMolecular structures and interactions of bacterial outer membranes: Rational antimicrobrial agent design in personal care product formulationUniversity of BristolProcter and GambleUniversity of Bristol and Procter and Gamble Business Interaction Voucher Case Study
Proof of Concept Viral antigen production for diagnosis and vaccine-mediated disease prevention by rational glycoengineering-mediated protein secretion in a mammalian cell factoryUniversity of SheffieldExcivion
Proof of Concept L-Form technologiesNewcastle UniversityIngenza
Vacation ScholarshipFunctional characterisation of a putative succinate efflux pump from Corynebacterium glutamicum.University of Kentn/aMulligan Case Study
Vacation ScholarshipVitamin B12 into yeastUniversity of Kentn/a
Vacation ScholarshipDurable vesicles for stabilisation of membrane proteins in biotechnologyUniversity of Leedsn/a
Proof of Concept Interactions between mimetic bacterial membranesUniversity of BristolProcter and Gamble
Public Engagement GrantOxford Science Festivaln/aGreen Biologics Limited
ISCF IB Seed Catalyst Proof-of-Concept Optimizing membrane function in the Clostridial ABE processAston UniverstyGreen Biologics Limited
ISCF IB Seed Catalyst Proof-of-Concept Bioenergy production from biorefineries waste using super yeastsLeeds Beckett UniversityEnglish Spirit Distillery
ISCF IB Seed Catalyst Proof-of-Concept Use of Membrane complexes for the production of microalgal polysaccharidesUniversity of SheffieldGlycoMar
Proof of ConceptSmuggling commercially important, but toxic and/or impermeant, alcohol substrates into bacteria as covert covalent complexesUniversity of LeedsLucite
Early Career Researcher GrantAttendance at EFM Microbial Stress Event 2018University of Sheffieldn/a
Vacation ScholarshipPurification of membrane transporters to identify topology and binding sites by mass spectrometryUniversity of Nottinghamn/a