CBM Net Event: Engineering the membrane for improved cell factories

The use of whole-cell biocatalysts for the large scale production of biomolecules, fine chemicals and biofuels is a key theme within industrial biotechnology and bioenergy. However, cells that have been engineered for these purposes are often subject to membrane stress, leading to a loss of integrity at the cell membrane.

This event brings together stakeholders with an interest in understanding and re-engineering cell membranes to enhance the productivity of cell-based factories used in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy. More details can be found at: http://cbmnetnibb.group.shef.ac.uk/event/engineering-the-membrane-for-improved-cell-factories/

Upcoming competition on ‘omics’ – Innovate UK – Registration from 18 May

The upcoming competition : Finding value in complex biological data – integrated ‘omics’, run by Innovate UK and BBSRC is opening shortly for registration.

The aim of this competition is to build a commercial ecosystem to exploit the commercial opportunities of ‘omics (e.g. genomics, proteomics etc.), systems biology and complex biological data streams with a particular focus on bioinformatics and bio-data based business models. More information on this competition.

Competition Briefing Event – 2 June, London

This event is an excellent opportunity for you to receive first hand information about the competition – its scope, application process, key dates etc. as well as network with peers, potential partners, market leaders & innovators in the industry.

Register here for the briefing event or webinar.

 

UK AD Biogas 2015: 1-2 July 2015

The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association’s annual trade show takes place on 1-2 July 15 at the Birmingham NEC. The R&D Hub at the show was extremely successful last year and is destined to be even better this year. This is one of the main annual tradeshows in the AD calendar and is well worth a visit. Come along and find out about cutting edge research in the field of anaerobic digestion and how the Anaerobic Digestion Network can help you. More information can be found here: http://adbioresources.org/uk-ad-biogas-2015

Advanced Bio-manufacturing Conference Sheffield: 18-19 May 15

Includes a number of speakers who are leaders in their fields of Protein Engineering/Analytics and Cell Engineering/Synthetic & Systems Biology, as well as international representation from academia and industry. Further details at http://www.sheffieldbiomanufacturing.org/index.php/news-events/event/advanced-biomanufacturing-conference/

IB Catalyst Engineering Event – 9 Jun 15

The KTN are holding an IB Catalyst Engineering focused workshop on Tuesday 9th June in Fallowfield, Manchester from 09.30 to 16.00.  Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ib-catalyst-engineering-focused-workshop-tickets-16629811213

This is a free consortium-building event which aims to present information to Engineering academics and encourage them to apply their skills to IBBE problems and become involved in IB Catalyst proposals. The workshop offers opportunities for engineers to provide new approaches for IB projects and for  biotechnological industries searching to design engineering solutions to their biological processes.

This is a free consortium-building event to stimulate engineering lead projects for the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst (IB Catalyst). It is designed to help business and researchers develop innovative engineering solutions for different industrial biotechnological applications.

The aim of this workshop is to:

  • Highlight the engineering opportunities within industrial biotechnology;
  • Identify new engineering technologies that could be applied to a range of biological processes: and
  • Learn about national investment in industrial biotechnology through IB Catalyst, NIBBs and Supergen.

Representatives from Innovate UK, EPSRC, BBRSC and KTN will be present to address any queries related to the funding competition.

Who should attend?

 The workshop offers opportunities for:

  • Engineers to provide new approaches for industrial biotechnological projects.
  • Biotechnological industries searching to design engineering solutions to their biological processes.

Workshop Structure

It covers:

  • Scope of the IB Catalyst competition and rules
  • Overview of different opportunities that engineering offers to industrial biotechnology.
  • State-of-the-art engineering technologies for biotech companies.
  • Delegate pitch presentations outlining expertise and chances for collaboration.

About IB Catalyst

In January 2014 Innovate UK, BBRSC and EPSRC invested £40M to support integrated researcher and development projects through the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst (IB Catalyst). The IB Catalyst provides funding to companies and researchers to work together in priority areas to bring their biotechnology innovations to market and to help cement the UK’s position as a world leading sector.

IB Catalyst programme will accelerate commercialization by supporting the development of new industrial biotechnology products and processes, and enabling their potential to scale-up. It supports R&D for the processing and production of materials, chemicals and bioenergy through the sustainable exploitation of biological resources.

There are five types of award – Early Stage; (1) Translational, and (2) Feasibility studies: (3) Industrial Research: (4) Late Stage; and (5) Experimental Development – and, with the exception of Translation awards that are academic lead, can involve a single business or be collaborative. Total Project Size can range from up to £250k for feasibility studies to up £10m for experimental development.

Scope:

IB Catalyst supports R&D in the process and production of materials, chemicals (including pharmaceutical precursors and biopharmaceuticals) and bioenergy. The biological resources that may be used in these processes include tissues, enzymes, and genes from algae, marine life, fungi, microorganisms and plants.

Projects should address one or more of the following challenges using biological processes, or processes in which biological and chemical approaches are used in combination:

  • Production of fine and speciality chemicals and natural products (for example fragrances, flavours, and pharmaceutical intermediates).
  • Production of commodity, platform and intermediate chemicals and materials (for example plastics, resins and textiles).
  • Production of liquid and gaseous biofuels.
  • Production of peptides and proteins (for example enzymes, antibiotics, and recombinant biologics).
  • Novel or improved upstream or downstream processes to reduce cost or improve efficiency.

The IB Catalyst will not fund research that uses feedstock from material that could be used for human food or animal feed to produce liquid and gaseous fuels (unless they have already fulfilled their food purpose).

Projects involving the production of food and drink are out of scope. However, projects may address the production of fine chemicals for use as food ingredients, for example flavourings and colourings. The IB Catalyst will not support research on natural products aimed at discovering new organisms or searching for new activity, but will support the translation of discoveries into a commercial activity.