Bioeconomy Cluster Builder: Industrial Applications of Biomass and Processing By-products

It is increasingly important to develop new processes and value chains that use biomass to deliver sustainable alternatives to the goods, processes and energy that form part of our daily lives in order to progress towards net zero.

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13.00 - 15.00



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The Bioeconomy Cluster Builder (BCB), in collaboration with the Scottish Natural Products Network (SNaPNet), is delivering this workshop to bring together voices from business, academia and beyond to consider challenges and opportunities in three core aspects of this evolving bioeconomy landscape:

  • Waste biomass and co-products

Our linear, ‘take-make-dispose’ approach to production has historically viewed the by-products from our economic activity as a series of waste streams. A range of industries are increasingly seeking ways to improve their environmental and commercial performance by creating valuable new products from these materials. From primary producers through to process industries, there are opportunities for biotechnology to deliver solutions that can valorise co-products, turning them into things like bioplastics, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products, food supplements, animal feed and biofuels.

  • Non-food crops as sustainable feedstocks for high-value chemical manufacturing

The discovery of new pathways to create the high-value chemicals we rely on to support industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to textiles will be a key part of our transition away from petrochemical feedstocks. Non-food crops, both new and established, offer great potential as sustainable, bio-based alternatives to traditional feedstocks.

  • Innovative fermentation applications: harnessing Scotland’s distilling and brewing heritage to develop new products from sustainable feedstocks

Scotland has a long tradition of distilling and brewing. Novel applications of the biotechnology skills, knowledge and experience existing in this prominent sector offer the opportunity to develop a variety of bio-based materials, processes and energy from sustainable feedstocks.

Webinar recording and slides are now available

Find the slides here.


As part of the workshop you will:

  • hear from SNaPNet and BCB on their goals and ambitions
  • hear from industry challenge holders and solution providers
  • take part in break out rooms to discuss biomass opportunities from waste-biomass, non-food-crop and the brewing industry
  • have the opportunity to connect directly with other attendees using the Meeting MoJo application (separate registration required)


  • 13:00 – Introductions
  • 13:05 – Presentations from industry challenge holders
  • 13:30 – Question and answer session
  • 13:40 – Pitching session
  • 14:00 – Breakout rooms
  • 14:45 – Funding presentation
  • 15:00 – Close

To maximise opportunities for innovation and collaboration, participants are invited to showcase their business, or area of research by submitting a case study which will form part of a digital brochure to be circulated prior to the event.

There will also be an opportunity for flash presentations from academics and 10 minutes slots on challenge areas for Industry. Both Case Studies and Opportunities to pitch/present can be submitted via the Academic Form and the Industrial Form. Guidelines for creating the case study and submissions can be found here.


You will be notified by COB 21st May if you have been successful to pitch.

If you have questions about the workshop, or any other aspect of this event, please contact Alison Dun (SULSA), Dana Heldt (KTN) or Kim Cameron (IBioIC)

The Bioeconomy Cluster Builder (BCB) project is a joint enterprise between KTN, IBioIC, and Scottish Enterprise to introduce biotechnology solutions to new markets and grow the bioeconomy in Scotland. The BCB Project is partly funded through ERDF. 

The Scottish Natural Products Network (SNaPNet) is a Research Innovation Scotland initiative involving the Scottish Research Pools, Innovation Centres and Interface. Their steering committee includes SULSA, ScotCHEM, IBioIC, SAIC, Interface, The University of Strathclyde, Robert Gordon University, The University of Dundee, The University of Edinburgh, The University of Glasgow and the University of Aberdeen.

As this event is held in conjunction with the Bioeconomy Cluster Builder (BCB) some attendee information may be shared with partner organisations IBioIC, KTN and Scottish Enterprise as part of the ERDF reporting requirement for the project. You can find the BCB privacy policy here. You can find the University of Glasgow privacy policy here. You can find the SULSA privacy policy here.


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