2018 – SEPTEMBER: Industrial biotechnology innovation in Wales: BBSRC NIBB Workshop



13 September 2018 | Life Sciences Hub Wales, Cardiff


This workshop in Cardiff welcomed over 40 people who are interested and/or active in Industrial Biotechnology (IB) in Wales. The aim was to ensure that the academic and innovation expertise found in Wales is engaged with the second phase of the BBSRC NIBB.

Following a warm welcome from Alastair Davies (Head of Innovation for the Welsh government), several talks featured:

Robert Hoyle, representing the Chief Scientific Advisor of Wales (Peter Halligan): ‘Science in Wales – a Changing Landscape’. Mr Hoyle talked about the shift in emphasis from science for science’s sake to science for prosperity and about how Welsh Government funding has been used to leverage other funding sources.

Paul Henderson, Head of Bioeconomy Strategy at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS): ‘The UK Bioeconomy’. Mr Henderson introduced the Bioeconomy and reassured us that the Bioeconomy Strategy was imminent.

Mark Corbett, Network Manager of BIOCATNET, a BBSRC NIBB: ‘A National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy’. Dr Corbett introduced the CBMNet- and BIOCATNET-commissioned IB Strategy. In a later talk, Dr Corbett also summarised current funding opportunities that can support IB research and innovation.

Jon Wood, Regional Manager – Wales at Innovate UK: ‘Funding Opportunities from Innovate UK and UKRI’. Dr Wood summarised the role of Innovate UK, within UKRI, and the funding available from UKRI to support innovation in IB.

Adam Charlton, BEACON Project Manager, Bangor University: ‘BioPilots UK’. Dr Charlton described the organisation, vision and mission of the UK BioPilots and summarised how they support IB innovation.