Author: BIOCATNET Network Mananger

Funding calls launched to tackle plastics waste

Two funding calls have been launched aimed at innovation in plastics waste reduction. £8 million is available from UKRI to support projects up to 18 months in duration and with expected values of £200,000-£1 million in eligible organisations (Higher Education Institutes, Research Institutes and Research Organisations that can apply for funding from UKRI Research Councils). £4 million is available from Innovate UK to support business projects of 3-24 months, with expected values of £50,000-£1 million.River litter plastic fragments

New Industrial Biotechnology Strategy launched to secure UK leadership in clean growth

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Today the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF) launches the new ‘National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy to 2030’, promoted in partnership with the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA). The Strategy has been developed by the IBLF and two BBSRC NIBB, CBMNet and BIOCATNET.

The National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy to 2030 aims to ensure that the UK becomes a leader in the global shift towards clean growth by fostering the development of industrial biotechnology SMEs. It will be launched at an event in Parliament on Wednesday 6 June organised by the BIA and hosted by Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge. The event brings together industry, academia and policymakers to discuss how the UK industrial biotechnology sector can solve many environmental problems by promoting clean growth and reducing waste, such as oil-based plastics by creating biodegradable alternatives.

UPDATED: Beyond the lab: developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career

Limited places are still available: please submit your application by 16th May 2018.

BIOCATNET and Cogent Skills are hosting the second IB conference on “Beyond the lab: Developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career”. The two-day conference is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and early career industry researchers from the BBSRC NIBB network. The objective of the conference is to broaden delegate’s awareness of possible careers outside of the university laboratory, and highlight the professional skills they will need in addition to their technical skills.

The full programme for the conference can be found HERE.

The event takes place at the University of York Exhibition Centre on the 18-19th of July 2018. BIOCATNET has up to 15 places available, to register your interest in the event please complete the application form and return it along with a cover letter stating your background and why you would like to attend the event to the BIOCATNET network managers at biocatnet@manchester.ac.uk.

For more information download the event agenda.

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Industrial Biotechnology Pitch Event, London 12th June 2018


THE OPPORTUNITY

This Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE) Showcase and Pitch Event is an opportunity for entrepreneurs with start-up, early stage and growth businesses to increase their profile in front of a national audience of investors. The pitching competition is organised jointly by CBMNet, BIOCATNET & the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and is a unique opportunity for both entrepreneurs and investors to gain valuable insight.

Applications now open the for the 2018 BrisSynBio 4-Day MBA course

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Applications are now open the for the 2018 BrisSynBio 4-Day MBA course, with £10,000 of prizes on offer!

The BrisSynBio 4-day More Business Acumen (MBA) course is an interactive programme designed to provide the skills required to establish, build and manage a biotech company. The course is delivered in partnership with SynbiCITE and draws upon the experiences of seasoned entrepreneurs, patent attorneys and investors.

The 2018 course will run from 9 – 12 April and will take place at the Unit DX business accelerator in Bristol. Participants will develop real biotech business ideas and pitch them to venture capitalists. Up to £10,000 of prizes will be awarded to help the 2018 teams turn their ideas into real businesses.

The full programme and application form are available at:
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/brissynbio/innovation/innovation-training-and-events/mba/

Please contact Andy Boyce (andy.boyce@bristol.ac.uk) if you have any questions.

UPDATED: Biotechnological routes to multifunctional materials workshop


28–29 March 2018 at The Principal Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester

This workshop looks at how enzyme-based industrial biotechnology can provide routes to multifunctional materials, enhancing product functionality through incorporation of natural or engineered biological components, or by enabling advanced manufacturing processes.

Multifunctional materials enhance overall operational performance by incorporating a number of tailorable properties into a single material element. Multifunctional materials outperform their conventional counterparts by combining additional functionalities, such as electrical, optical, self-healing, sensing, thermal, antimicrobial and biocidal, adhesion control properties. Typically, multifunctional engineering materials are composites providing both structural and non-structural properties, for example incorporating electrically conducting fibres into a matrix to create structural electronic components. Many examples can also be found of natural multifunctional materials, such as nanostructured insect wings which provide both anti-reflective and anti-wetting properties. Multifunctionality offers many potential advantages such as by reducing size, weight, energy consumption, and cost, while simplifying implementation and improving performance and durability.

Invited Speakers:

  • Anna Rising (Karolinska Institutet)
  • Fabio Parmeggiani (University of Bristol)
  • Ian Bond (University of Bristol)
  • Marc-Olivier Coppens (University College London)
  • Melik Demirel (Penn State University)
  • Michael Flickinger (North Carolina State University)
  • Stephen Eichhorn (University of Bristol)
  • Stella Job (Composites UK)
  • Paul Zelisko (Brock University)
  • Mina Okochi (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Tube-in-Tube Flow Reactors Webinar from the BIOOX EU-FP7 Project

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Funded by the EU as part of the Seventh Framework Programme, the project BIOOX“Developing a validated platform for the application of oxygen dependent enzymes in synthesis and transformation of alcohols” was completed at teh end of September 2017.

Now available via the project website is a second webinar on Tube-in-Tube flow reactors for the rapid kinetic characterisation of enzymes.

Developing a Strategy for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in the UK

In March 2017 RSM was commissioned by a consortium of four BBSRC NIBB, acting on behalf of the members of all 13 networks, to produce a report on the UK’s industrial biotechnology landscape. The report is available in full here and summary here.

The report was launched on the 31st October at an invited event held in Sheffield and attended by almost 90 delegates drawn from academia, industry, and other key stakeholders. We will be working in the coming months to engage further with those people and other stakeholders who weren’t able to attend the launch in order to develop and implement an action plan that delivers the recommendations of the report. If you would like to comment or contribute to those efforts, then please contact the NIBB Network Managers.

IBCarb & BIOCATNET: Bioactive Polysaccharides, 12th-13th September 2017

Tuesday 12th September, 12 noon – Wednesday 13th September 2017, 1.30pm, Clare College, Cambridge, UK

BIOCATNET IBCarb Joint LogoDue to advances in the tools available to study carbohydrates, polysaccharides have been found to participate in many biological processes which has led to a growing area of research in the use of these “bioactive” polysaccharides. In addition, there is growing interest in the use of carbohydrates, as sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels, and their sustainable advanced manufacture via biotechnology and synthetic biology approaches.