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IBioIC announces membership to the Bio-based Industries Consortium.

Saturday, 2nd January 2016

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) is pleased to announce its membership to the Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC). The BIC represents the private sector in the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), a €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership with the EU.

The BIC aim of developing a strong European bio-based industrial sector will significantly reduce Europe’s dependency on fossil-based products, help the EU meet climate change targets, and lead to greener and more environmentally-friendly economic growth. The acceptance of the IBioIC into the consortium as a ‘SME Cluster’ member highlights Scotland’s contribution to the global bioeconomy race and makes the Centre and its members further visible on the European landscape.

As a BIC member, the IBioIC will be instrumental in supporting industrial research and innovation, in particular to overcome the ‘valley of death’ between research and marketplace. Operating under Horizon 2020, the BBIJU is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by the BIC. Within this, it is responsible for the implementation of funding calls for IB projects – IBioIC can now influence call topics and help align the agenda to benefit its members.

Other benefits to IBioIC SME members include the participation in timely networking and brokerage events and access the BIC Members’ online Partnering Platform, allowing for all year long consortia building with around 200 BIC members. BIC is host to a unique mix of sectors that currently covers agriculture, agro-food, technology providers, forestry/pulp and paper, chemicals and energy; BIC membership will therefore bring IBioIC members together with an authoritative pool of cross sector and multi-disciplinary expertise in the field of bio-based industries.

Roger Kilburn, CEO of IBioIC said: “Bio-based industries and their value chains are facing complex and substantial technology and innovation challenges; we are proud to become a member of the Consortium which is instrumental in addressing these and leading the success of a sustainable bio-based industry sector in Europe. We are excited to share the benefits with our members and support their achievement further.”

  • The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) is the Brussels-based not-for-profit international association designed to support industrial research and innovation
  • Benefits of membership include IBioIC input towards its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda
  • IBioIC SME members can now participate in consortia building and networking events organised by BIC, increasing opportunities to participate in projects.

Notes to Editors:
About industrial biotechnology
Industrial biotechnology (IB) is the use of biological sources to produce or process materials, chemicals or energy. For example, plants can be processed to produce biofuels or plastics as an alternative to crude oil, algae strains could be used in cosmetics or chemicals extracted from marine life to replace synthetics.

IBioIC’s role is as a specialist in the Industrial Biotechnology (IB) sector, designed to stimulate the growth and success of the IB industry in Scotland by connecting the dots between industry, academia and government. It represents all four colours of IB, facilitating collaborations and guiding organisations from concept to industry adoption.
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