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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.

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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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.

PhD opportunity: Engineering spatial segregation within bacterial hosts for bio-therapeutic protein production

Dr Steffi Frank, a new lecturer in the Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL has PhD opportunity on micro compartments for protein folding and production.

More information can be found on PRiSM and on FindaPhD:
https://www.prism.ucl.ac.uk/#!/?project=209
https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=80249&LID=981

The overall aim of this project is to develop an alternative method to traditional disulphide bond formation approaches (folding in the eukaryotic endoplasmic reticulum and in the periplasm of prokaryotes) by engineering compartmentalisation within the bacterial cytoplasm of bacteria such as E. coli which will allow for an environment that promotes correct protein folding and disulphide bond formation of recombinant proteins.