Industrial Biotechnology Pitch Event, London 12th June 2018


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


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:

Please contact Andy Boyce ( 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

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.

BIOCATNET & IBioIC: Biohalogenation meeting, June 13th 2017

This meeting will review the current status of microbial halogenation and aims to stimulate discussion towards new technologies and potential applications in this area.

Selective halogenation is widely used for tuning the properties of high value bio-actives, particularly in the pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals sectors. In that context halogenation is achieved entirely by chemical methods, and such processes present environmental challenges. For these reasons biocatalytic methods for halogenation, although rare, are attractive.


Rebecca Goss (University of St Andrews)
Deng Hai (University of Aberdeen)
Jason Micklefield (University of Manchester)
Cormac Murphy (University College Dublin)
David O’Hagan (University of St Andrews)

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.


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.