Biotechnology

The Biotechnology team at Innovate UK Business Connect focuses on Industrial Biotechnology (IB), Engineering Biology (EB, commonly referred to as Synthetic Biology) and Microbiomes.

These technologies have the potential to carry out transformations which would not be feasible, technically or economically, using traditional chemistry. They hold the potential to make entirely new materials or to develop processes which run at low or ambient temperatures, thus reducing energy consumption. Consequently they can have a major impact in the UK’s move to Net Zero emissions.

The team works with all sectors that either use, or are interested in using, biotechnology in their business, in particular Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Home & Personal Care, AgroChemicals, Food and Drink – and many more.

Our experts use deep knowledge of the sector to help you and your business innovate through access to funding, expertise and building connections and collaborations. The team works closely with national bodies such as the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF) and the Engineering Biology Leadership Council (EBLC).

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Our current focus in this area

Engineering Biology (EngBio) provides us with the opportunity to step away from traditional methods and provide innovative solutions for challenges brought by climate change and the associated impact areas, like food availability and the need for sustainable feedstocks.

Similar to Engineering Biology, Industrial Biotech impacts numerous sectors including Chemistry, Materials, Healthcare and AgriFood. It also has a significant role in the development of a Circular Economy by using waste as a feedstock for biobased products.

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.

Related Opportunities

Canada-UK: Biomanufacturing of Biologics and Advanced Therapies Round 2

Opens: 08/05/2024   Closes: 16/10/2024

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £3m for collaboration with Canadian SMEs in biomanufacturing of biologics and advanced therapies.

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Global Business Innovation Programme in India - Sustainable Plastic

Opens: 23/05/2024   Closes: 05/07/2024

Innovate UK invites innovative companies in the sustainable plastic sector to participate in a Global Business Innovation Programme in India.

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New Innovators in agri-tech & food technology, Mid & North Wales

Opens: 10/06/2024   Closes: 17/07/2024

UK registered small and micro businesses can apply for a share of up to £400k for innovation activities in the agri-tech and food technology cluster in Mid and North Wales.

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Related Events and Recordings

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Mission Innovation: Integrated Biorefineries programme

12.00 - 14.00 GMT | Online

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2024

Horizon Europe Event: The Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking

10.00 - 12.00 GMT | Online

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Apr
2024

Plant Microbiome webinar

09.30 - 11.15 GMT+1 | Online

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