The BBSRC have announced that sixteen projects have received a share of £17M to bring innovative biotechnology concepts to market. These projects have been funded under Round 4 of the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst and they focus on a wide range of products from creating new drugs from bacteria, to increasing yields in the production of platform sugars from municipal solid wastes (MSW). The IB Catalyst has invested over £75M in four rounds and has helped create jobs, drive new technologies and promote academic and industrial collaborations to translate research into commercial reality. More information can be found in the complete BBSRC press release here.
The Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst programme, funded by Innovate UK, BBSRC and EPSRC, has been temporarily postponed awaiting the outcome of the comprehensive spending review.
For more information and event updates, see the BBSRC’s website: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/filter/?year=2015§ion=industrial-biotechnology
Our AD Network now features the latest information on the IB Catalyst Round 4 which closes in August. IB catalyst is directly relevant to the AD world and anyone interested is encouraged to apply. Remember that the AD Network can help fund meetings in order to formulate/put together bids. Contact us for more information.
Applicants are invited for a Research Fellow position to investigate microbially-mediated power-to-gas systems.
You will investigate microbially-mediated power-to-gas systems and develop continuous laboratory-scale systems for biological production of methane at high concentrations both from gas-fed bioreactors and through modification of conventional anaerobic digestion. The research is intended to assess the optimum conditions and the performance limitations and to link these with metabolic functionality and control, in collaboration with other consortium partners.
The post funded by a BBSRC IB Catalyst grant with partners in the Universities of York and Sheffield.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 11 June 2015.
Informal enquiries are welcome and can be directed to Prof Charles Banks: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- 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.
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.