Net Zero Chemical Manufacturing - Unlocking the power of biotechnology to transform the UK chemicals industry webinar

Join us on 14th September 2023 for this webinar delivered by Innovate UK KTN – and partners – as part of the Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture programme.

Event Details


10.00 - 12.30



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**UPDATE** DEDICATED CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING CALL – we’re delighted to announce we’re able to fund additional projects as part of this call. As a result, we’re inviting further applications and extending the closing date to 1700 on Monday 16th October. For a copy of the call documents and application form please contact

In case you missed it, a recording of the Bioeconomy Cluster Builder Chemical Manufacturing webinar where this call was launched is available here. **Contrary to the guidance offered during the webinar, this call is now also open to non-attendees.**

Recording now available

About the event

Innovate UK KTN, The Bioeconomy Cluster Builder and Chemical Industries Association are delighted to host this webinar dedicated to exchanging knowledge and building connections between the chemical manufacturing and industrial biotechnology (IB) communities.

Bio-based chemicals have the potential to significantly reduce the environmental impact of chemical manufacturing. By decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels, the conversion of biomass to chemicals, including utilisation of problematic by-products and waste, helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, supporting our journey to Net Zero. Furthermore, the adoption of bio-based alternatives offers sustainable, resilient supply chains which recognise increasing consumer demand for superior environmental performance.

To drive this transition, it is recognised that significant research and innovation are required across the chemicals industry. The widespread adoption of industrial biotechnology offers numerous pathways to support this shift, with collaboration and knowledge sharing critical to unlocking transformational opportunities.

Watch our recording from 14th September to learn how biotechnology is transforming global chemical manufacturing and to discover how the Bioeconomy Cluster Builder can help you connect with the right people and resources to support your ambitions in this area.

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) is running a dedicated feasibility funding call to complement this event. Grants of up to £10k are available to support industry led collaborations with Scottish academics. Watch to find out more!



  • Introduction to the Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture programme and the Bioeconomy Cluster Builder
  • Introduction to chemical industry challenges – Chemical Industries Association
  • Case studies on how the Chemical sector is incorporating biotechnology.
  • Q&A
  • Understanding how the Bioeconomy Cluster Builder and Innovation UK KTN Sustainable Bio-based Materials and Manufacturing Programme can support you
  • IBioIC funding information
  • Next steps


  • Darren Budd, Commercial Director UK&I – BASF
  • Tim Davies, Bioprocess Science and Technology Lead – Corteva Agriscience
  • Josie LeFevre, Head of New Product Development – Thomas Swan Ltd


Who is this recording for?

  • Chemical industry challenge holders
  • Biotechnology solution providers
  • Academics
  • Funders and investors


About the programme

The Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture programme seeks to address the challenge of developing innovations in sustainable and scalable biomanufacturing processes.

The Bioeconomy Cluster Builder (BCB) is a collaboration between the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) and Innovate UK KTN. The project raises awareness of biotechnology and supports its application in the development of new value chains across the bioeconomy. Using the extensive networks of the partner organisations we connect people and resources to support innovation in this rapidly evolving area. To find out more about the project and our planned activities, or to get involved, please visit our website.

For further information please contact Kim Cameron at IBioIC or Dana Heldt at Innovate UK KTN.


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Related programme

Sustainable bio-based Materials and Manufacture (SusBioMM)

Sustainable bio-based Materials and Manufacture (SusBioMM)

The sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture (SusBioMM) programme seeks to address the challenge of developing innovations in sustainable and scalable biomanufacturing processes.


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