The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre is pleased to announce that a new funding call has been launched today seeking IB process scale-up projects through the use of its two new equipment centres.
The Process Scale-up Demonstrator call invites applications for short term, industry-led projects with a total value between £10k – £120k, that require the use of the RBPC and FlexBio resource over a time length of 1 – 6 months.
The Rapid Bioprocess Prototyping Centre (RBPC) and Flexible Downstream Bioprocessing Centre (FlexBio) have been set up following a recent £2.7m investment from the Scottish Funding Council and have been designed to house the most advanced technology available to rigorously assess the potential of new cell lines, bio-products or novel approaches to bioprocessing; whilst supporting work in all aspects of industrial bioprocessing – from chemical focused industrial biotechnology through bacterial, algal and mammalian cell culture products to cell therapies to maximise the breadth of industrial applications.
Ian Archer, Technical Director of IBioIC, commented:
“The Process Scale-up Demonstrator call is a fantastic opportunity for your organisation to access our scale-up facilities. The FlexBio centre and the RBPC have been designed to allow companies and Universities to take the first steps in scale up from their laboratories. The RBPC has equipment for phenotypic selection to identify the best performing strains from libraries and optimising growth and production conditions. Multiple fermenter systems then allow for rapid parallel optimisation of bioprocess conditions ahead of final testing / production at 15L scale. The FlexBio Centre is equipped with the latest technology from 30L microbial fermentation systems and single use bioreactors for mammalian cell culture at 50L scale, and a wide range of downstream processing equipment to allow testing of bioprocessing options from biomass separation to chromatographic purification of protein products.”
The call will comprise of four application assessment rounds from 27 May – 30 November 2016 and full details on the call and the facilities available within each of the Centres, are available via IBioIC’s website.
For further information, please contact:
Samantha Reilly, IBioIC