Category: Events

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.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Anna Rising (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)
  • Fabio Parmeggiani (University of Bristol)
  • Ian Bond (University of Bristol)
  • Marc-Olivier Coppens (University College London, UK)
  • Melik Demirel (Penn State University)
  • Michael Flickinger (North Carolina State University)
  • Stephen Eichhorn (University of Bristol)
  • Stella Jobs (Composites UK)

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.

The Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products Symposium XI, 29th-30th June 2017

On the 29th-30th June, the University of Warwick will host the eleventh annual meeting exploring the chemistry and biology of natural products covering subjects from synthetic chemistry to microbial genetics.

This two-day symposium is aimed at postgraduate students, PDRAs and young academics but is also open to any academic/industrialist working in any areas of natural product chemistry and biology.

CBMNET AND BIOCATNET: IMPORT AND EXPORT OF SMALL MOLECULES FOR BIOCATALYSIS

12th-13th September 2017, Waldorf Astoria, The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 2AB

Biochemists and microbiologists have long seen whole-cell biocatalysis as an area with great promise for chemical synthesis, for instance to address co-factor recycling or to enable construction of non-natural biosynthetic cascades, however significant challenges occur when substrate and product cannot be easily imported and exported from the cell. This event brings together academic scientists with diverse interests in the import and export of small molecules, alongside industrial scientists who are interested in improving the robustness of whole-cell biocatalysts.

UPDATED: Industrial Biotechnology in the Development of Advanced Materials

BIOCATNET - LoginWorkshop to be held 16th-17th January 2017 at The Principal Manchester (formerly, Palace Hotel), Oxford Road, Manchester

Registration: CLOSED

Advanced materials outperform conventional materials and have either superior mechanical, physical, chemical, biological, etc. properties, or have lower environmental impact in use or manufacture, compared with traditional materials. Advanced materials have been acknowledged as key enablers to economic and societal development, and are one of the UK Government’s “Eight Great Technologies” and are vital to address global grand challenges in health, low carbon transport and sustainable energy production.

Innovation in materials involves multi-disciplinary science, has cross-cutting impacts on other technology areas (e.g., nanotechnology, photonics), and enables novel advanced manufacturing techniques. Industrial biotechnology (IB) plays a key role in the development and manufacture of entire classes of material by use of enzymes and biotransformations that access novel chemistries, allow tailorable selectivities and use more benign reaction conditions. IB has revolutionised our ability to synthesise molecules of choice, and has made huge strides into industrial catalysis, pharmaceutical manufacture and biofuel production.

This workshop looks at how enzyme-based IB can improve materials’ manufacture, by improving process sustainability or by enhancing product functionality. The products may be produced or modified by enzymatic routes, or may include the enzymes as a main functional element of the end product.

The workshop aims to match IB solutions to the challenges presented by industrially focussed researchers.

Careers fair for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE) scientists

April 12th 2017, University of Sheffield

Our career fair will provide you with the chance to meet employers face-to-face, to learn about current vacancies and opportunities available, and to market yourself to prospective employers. There are several talks you can attend about the sector and the opportunities within it, along with opportunity to get advice on your CV from professionals.

  • Explore careers in IBBE from laboratory based jobs to working as a patent lawyer
  • Meet employers with graduate schemes, current and future job opportunities
  • Hear from different employers about what it’s like to work for them
  • Get feedback on your CV in our one-to-one clinics
  • Speak with industrialists in our one-to-one clinics
  • Speak with academics in our one-to-one clinics
  • Speak to the BBSRC about your future career in academia in our one-to-one clinics
  • ESSIB 2016: European Summer School on Industrial Biotechnology

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    The third edition of the “European Summer School on Industrial Biotechnology” will take place in Barcelona, 5th-9th September, 2016 with a focus on “Bioprocess design and optimisation for the production of recombinant proteins: Concepts, tools, methods and current challenges”. The summer school is aimed towards PhD students and postdocs, preferentially from European labs, and started in 2014 to take place annually in a different country and with a different focus for each edition. The Summer School is currently organized by a network of three partners (University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Biotechnology and Biosciences), the University of Stuttgart (Institute of Technical Biochemistry), and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Department of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering). More partners are invited to join the network.