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IBioIC (Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre)

From concept to adoption, enabling bio-based growth

Industrial biotechnology (IB) is an enabling technology that uses biological substances, systems and processes to produce materials, chemicals and energy. At the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), they work with industry, academia and government to transform Scotland’s competitiveness and capabilities through the use of IB.

IBioIC are creating new companies and enabling others to expand their portfolio or reduce cost and environmental impact. They are positioning Scotland as a key player in the bio-economy increasing and sustaining business revenues, prosperity and employment and also underlining the country’s commitment to environmentally sustainable growth and development.

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Areas of focus

IBioIC’s areas of focus are:

  • Sustainable feedstocks
  • Biocatalysis/biotransformation
  • Cell factory construction and process physiology
  • Downstream processing
  • Integrated bioprocessing
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Creative collaboration

IBioIC plans to make a real and measureable contribution to Scotland’s Industrial Biotechnology growth ambitions by 2020, which include:

  • Generation of more than £400 million of Industrial Biotechnology sales Scotland-wide
  • Creation of 1,500 new jobs in the sector
  • Securing inward investment projects worth more than £140m
  • Creation of more than 25 start-up businesses

If your company shares IBioIC’s ambitions for growth and you want help to understand how Industrial Biotechnology processes could create a step change in your business or see how IBioIC can bring value to your organisation then please get in touch.

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Connect with experts

IBioIC’s mission is to play a leading role in supporting innovation led growth of the Industrial Biotechnology sector in Scotland.

IBioIC provides expert support and creates an environment for networking, establishes academic and industrial collaboration, and helps mentor organisations in developing ideas from first concept through to industry adoption. They can help you:

  • Understand where biological processes can benefit your business and can be integrated into your operation
  • Increase your capacity to innovate and develop new products, processes and technical capabilities
  • Reduce your carbon footprint by fully utilising any waste streams/co-products
  • Support the development of bio-refineries, related bio-processes and supply chain
  • Develop new pilot facilities to allow demonstration of new processes at scale
  • Enhance the skills of your workforce through training from HNC to PhD level
  • Participate in a network of relevant industry, world-leading academics and Industrial Biotechnology organisations globally

Find IBioIC

  • Industrial Biotechnology, Innovation Centre, Inovo, 121 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD


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