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FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies to acquire new site

On March 12, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies (FDB), announced that it will acquire Biogen (Denmark) Manufacturing ApS, a large-scale biologics manufacturing site located in Hillerød near Copenhagen, Denmark. FDB is a renowned Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) with bases in the UK and USA, this will be the company’s fourth biopharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing site. Read more

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies Centre of Excellence in Bioprocessing 2.0

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies (Fujifilm), a leading Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) with experience in the development and manufacture of recombinant biopharmaceuticals and gene therapies, has announced the inception of the “FDB Centre of Excellence in Bioprocessing 2.0” (CEB) in the United Kingdom. This initiative is an extension of Fujifilm’s global innovation initiatives. Read more

BBSRC LINK success for CBMNet member

We are pleased to announce that CBMNet member Dr Dan Mulvihill, along with co-investigator Jennifer Hiscock, both from the University of Kent, have been awarded a BBSRC ‘Stand-alone’ LINK grant to fund their ongoing collaboration with Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies. Their partnership was initiated at a CBMNet network event and preliminary data was generated with CBMNet support from two CBMNet Business Interaction Vouchers. Read more

4 New CBMNet Business Interaction Vouchers Awarded

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4 New CBMNet Business Interaction Vouchers Awarded

We are pleased to announce that as a result of our July meeting ”Overcoming Cellular Barriers for Industrial Biotechnology” we have awarded 4 new business interaction vouchers:

  1. University of Kent and FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies – Investigation into the effect of increased cytoplasmic membrane invaginations on secretion during industrial fermentation systems
  2. University of Sheffield, University of Cambridge and FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies – Testing a prototype engineered bacterial flagella Type III Secretion System for ‘true’ protein secretion in biotechnology – a Proof of Concept study
  3. University of Kent and MatTek Corporation – Optimization of influenza vaccine manufacturing through modification of cellular membrane organization
  4. University of Kent and FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies – Optimization of influenza vaccine manufacturing through modification of cellular membrane organization

CBMNet Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy Skills Development Programme Launched

The UK is globally renowned for its excellence in life sciences, chemistry and engineering technical capabilities, and both industry and academia benefit from the capability of graduates from UK universities. However, there is a shortage of graduates with the relevant skills that would allow them to step into an Industrial Biotechnology role.

”The aim of the CBMNet IBBE Skills Development Programme is to build Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy skills in the UK and inform early career scientist’s on the possible career paths available in IBBE. We carried out a review of the evidence for the skills gap in IBBE in the UK in late 2015 and found that there is currently very little training available that is directly related to the use of biological membranes in IBBE.”

Dr Jen Vanderhoven, CBMNet Manager  


The CBMNet IBBE Skills Development Programme will tackle the remaining skills gaps by providing the following free of charge to our members:

Crossing Biological Membranes – Introduction to Industrial Biotechnology – Short Course

We are extremely excited to announce our 3 day short course, hosted at The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), which will provide delegates with a foundation understanding of the science behind the CBMNet remit and chance to see it in action in real life on-site at 2 different industrial organisations (CPI and Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies). In 2016 the course will take place in November. We intend to run this course again in 2017 and 2018.

CBMNet Early Career Researchers’ (ECRs) Symposium

In September 2016, we have created an opportunity for our PhD students and Post Docs to present their research to academics and industry. This event also features career-development workshops and activities, as well as sessions from individuals in academia, industry and outside the lab highlighting various career paths and opportunities. Registration is now open.

CBMNet Early Career Researcher (ECR) Grants Scheme

We provide bursaries to allow ECRs to work with academic and industrial partners and to attend and present at relevant conferences and training events. The successful grants funded to date can be viewed here.

CBMNet Vacation Scholarship Scheme

We provide scholarships for undergraduate students to carry out research projects of up to 10 weeks and which fall within the CBMNet remit. To date we have had two successful rounds and have just awarded seven scholarships for 2016. Our next call will open in spring 2017. Successful vacation scholarships can be viewed here.

NIBBs Joint workshop: Beyond the lab: developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career

CBMNet have sponsored 12 of its ECR members to attend this two day joint NIBBs event, developed in conjunction with Cogent Skills and The Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum. This is an excellent opportunity for PhD students and Post Docs to find out about possible career paths in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy outside the lab.

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