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Biotechnology

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

Biotechnology

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). They have developed landscape maps for Industrial Biology and Engineering Biology to enable users to find potential partners and collaborators in the UK.

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Our current focus in this area

Engineering Biology

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.

Industrial Biotechnology

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.

Industrial Biotechnology Landscape

Connecting the UK’s growing Industrial Biotechnology community with industrial collaborators, research-based expertise, investment opportunities and funders.

Microbiome

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.

Synthetic Biology Landscape Map

Connecting the UK’s growing Synthetic Biology community with industrial collaborators, research-based expertise, investment opportunities and funders.

Funding Opportunities

The BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) - phase 3

A total of £8 million in funding will be available to fund industrial scale demonstrations of novel technologies with the potential to reduce energy consumption, maximise resource efficiency and cut carbon emissions.

Opens: 01/11/2021 Closes: 03/01/2022

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The Scottish Food and Drink Net Zero Challenge Fund

The fund will support companies working in or with the food and drink supply chain in Scotland to reduce environmental impacts. Funding awards of up to £10,000 will be made available for businesses to partner with and fund Scottish academia on projects contributing to sustainability and Net Zero goals.

Opens: 25/10/2021 Closes: 17/12/2021

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Catch the ChemBio SCENT

This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition seeks proposals for novel technologies for screening, collecting and exploiting ChemBio materials.

Opens: 01/11/2021 Closes: 17/01/2022

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Events

Thu
17
Jun
2021

Accelerating Net Zero Series: Energy & Resource Efficiency for Chemistry and Medicines Manufacturing

10.00 - 15.00 | Online

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Thu
20
May
2021

Trusted Research for Industry Series - Life Sciences, Chemistry & Biotechnology

12.00 - 13.30 | Online

Recording coming soon

Thu
30
Sep
2021

Bioeconomy Cluster Builder: The Bioeconomy - An Investor’s Perspective

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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News

04.08.2020

Industrial biotechnology funding round-up

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to industrial biotechnology. Last updated August 2021.

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29.10.2021

KTN launches new interactive Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) analysis

A new interactive tool has been developed by KTN to promote UK companies that could supply chemicals for a UK SAF industry.

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