NIBB Background

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has funded 13 unique collaborative Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB) to boost interaction between the academic research base and industry, promoting the translation of research into benefits for the UK.

The networks pool skills from academia and business to develop research projects with the potential to overcome major challenges in the industrial biotechnology and bioenergy arena. They also allow new members to come on board with skills that can benefit the group.


Anaerobic Digestion Network led by Professor Charles Banks, University of Southampton, and Professor Orkun Soyer, University of Warwick



Network in Biocatalyst Discovery, Development and Scale-Up led by Professor Nicholas Turner, The University of Manchester, and Professor John Ward from University College London



Bioprocessing Network led by Professor Christopher Smales, University of Kent, and Professor Alan Dickson, The University of Manchester



Unlocking the IB potential of microalgae network led by Dr Saul Purton, University College London, and Dr Michele Stanley, SAMS



A Network of Integrated Technologies: Plants to Products led by Professor David Leak, University of Bath and Dr Joe Gallagher, Aberystwyth University, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)



Natural Products Discovery and Bioengineering Network led by Professor Jason Micklefield, The University of Manchester, and Professor Barrie Wilkinson, the John Innes Centre



Chemicals from C1 Gas network led by Professor Nigel Minton, The University of Nottingham and Professor David Fell, Oxford Brookes University