The Microbiome Innovation Network (formerly SIG) aims to accelerate the commercialisation of microbiome-based products and services in the UK and create a vibrant community by connecting industry and academia.
Microorganisms are the most abundant living things on earth and are found in every living environment, including the inside of the human body. The relationship between microorganisms, their host and the environment is the subject of intensive research as it holds the promise of providing vital solutions for some of society’s biggest challenges including chronic diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and agricultural productivity.
The aims of the Innovate UK KTN Microbiome Innovation Network are to develop a proactive, self-sustaining microbiome community in the UK to raise the visibility of the UK’s world leading microbiome science and enable translation of this science to the benefit of the academic institutions, start-ups, SMEs, larger established companies that operate here and to society at large. The scope of this Innovation Network covers all microbiomes, especially those connected to human health & wellbeing, animal health & nutrition and agri-food.
We have also recently launched the Microbiome Strategic Roadmap, which reviews the landscape of microbiome science and innovation within the UK. With this strategic document, we hope to raise the visibility of the UK’s world leading microbiome science and enable translation of this science to benefit academic institutions, start-ups, SMEs and larger established companies.
Dr. Chrysi Sergaki, the Microbiome Group Leader at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), offers a compelling reflection on the crucial role that standards play in advancing the microbiome field and facilitating innovation in various sectors.
To dig deeper into the systematic role of standards in microbiome research and their far-reaching implications, please read here.
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Launchpad: life & health sciences, Northern Ireland
Opens: 30/10/2023 Closes: 13/12/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2m for business led projects in the life and health sciences innovation cluster in Northern Ireland.
Launchpad: health technology, West Yorkshire
Opens: 30/10/2023 Closes: 13/12/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2m to grow activities in the health technology innovation cluster in West Yorkshire.
Global Incubator Programme: Houston, USA - Healthtech
Opens: 30/10/2023 Closes: 12/01/2024
Innovate UK Edge are seeking up to 16 innovative digital health and medical device companies for an incubation programme in Houston, USA.
Related Events and Recordings
Exploring Microbiome Innovation: Insights from the Microbiome One Health Conference
Over 100 microbiome researchers and innovators gathered in Glasgow in March 2023 for the sold-out Microbiome One Health Conference, organised by members of the Innovate UK KTN Microbiome Innovation Advisory Board and the Health and AgriFood teams.
Pilot accelerators launched to support the development of early-stage health and life science innovation in the UK
We are pleased to announce our pilot accelerators, in collaboration with the Medical Research Council (MRC), which will allow spinouts, start-ups, and entrepreneurial minded academics to test their ideas and develop concepts with support from key stakeholders from the innovation ecosystem.
Programme related to Microbiome
Connecting the UK’s growing microbiome community to raise the visibility of the UK’s world leading microbiome science and enable its translation to benefit academic institutions, start-ups, SMEs and larger established companies.