Author: BIOCATNET Network Mananger

UPDATE 06/08/18: Beyond the lab: developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career

Cogent BBSRC logosBIOCATNET, along with other BBSRC NIBB and Cogent Skills, hosted the second IB conference on “Beyond the lab: Developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career”. The two-day conference was aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and early career industry researchers from the BBSRC NIBB networks. The objective of the conference was 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 sessions from the first day were recorded as seminars, and along with all of the presentations can be accessed on the Cogent Skills website: https://www.cogentskills.com/beyond-the-lab-developing-your-ibc

The full programme for the conference can be found HERE.

IBioIC Fermentation Training Course, 10th September 2018

IBioIC logoIBioIC is committed to creating a workforce that has expertise across industrial biotechnology using a combination of traditional educational programmes (HND, MSc, PhD) as well as providing a programme of continuing professional development (CPD) for industry.

The first in a series of CPD events is planned for Monday 10th September and will take the format of a 1-day training course covering basic principles of fermentation. This course will be run at the IBioIC FlexBio facility at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Discounts are available to IBioIC industrial members.

If you work in industry and are interested in participating then please get in touch no later than 27th August. email: judith.huggan@IBioIC.com

IBioIC Call for CTP Projects

IBioIC logoIBioIC has launched its 6th Call for IBioIC Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) PhD programme projects.

A key activity of IBioIC is the support of industrially relevant PhD Projects that bring biotechnology closer to industrialization. IBioIC currently manage a PhD portfolio of IBioIC and BBSRC funded projects, delivered as part of our Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP). All IBioIC project applications are assessed by way of competition. The call for PhD Projects commencing October 2019 is now open (closing 1st October 2018 at noon).

More information can be found HERE

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

UPDATED: Innovation in Wales, 13th September 2018

Industrial biotechnology will provide key solutions to the challenges of clean growth in the 21st century through the transition to a high technology, sustainable, and low carbon economy. This workshop is aimed at those considering or already active in industrial biotechnology research and innovation in Wales. The workshop will explore the role and strengths of industrial biotechnology in Wales, identifying networking and funding opportunities for the community.

 This workshop aims to ensure that academic expertise and innovative industries in Wales are engaged through the second phase of the BBSRC NIBB, helping to fully realise the benefits of IB in the UK and beyond.

Registration and further details can be found at: https://industrial-biotechnology-in-wales.eventbrite.co.uk

Draft Agenda

10.00

Welcome

Alastair Davies, Head of Innovation Policy, Welsh Government

10.15

Innovation in Wales

Peter Halligan, Chief Scientific Advisor, Wales

10.35

UK Perspective on IBBE

Paul Henderson, BEIS

10.55

National Plan for IB 2030

Mark Corbett, BIOCATNET 

11.15

BBSRC IBBE Strategy

Roderick Westrop, BBSRC

11.30

Support for innovation

Jon Wood, Innovate UK

11.50

BioPilots UK

Rob Elias, BEACON

12.00

Lunch

13.00

One-to-one networking

14.30

Upcoming Funding calls

Mark Corbett, BIOCATNET

14.45

Summary & Close

Alastair Davies, Head of Innovation Policy, Welsh Government

BBSRC NIBB

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

National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy to 2030 front cover

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.

Beyond the lab: developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career

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 letterstating your background and why you would like to attend the event to the BIOCATNET network managers.

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)