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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

Biomedical catalyst 2021: early and late stage awards

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £18 million to develop innovative healthcare products, technologies, and processes.

Opens: 07/06/2021 Closes: 26/08/2021

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Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Business-led R&D

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million for R&D projects with the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastic Pact targets. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Opens: 18/05/2021 Closes: 08/09/2021

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Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 6

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £3m to resolve productivity issues by working with the best scientists and research facilities. Your proposal must describe a measurement or analysis problem that will help improve your business’s productivity or competitiveness, and an estimate of the value to your business of solving it.

Opens: 29/07/2021 Closes: 18/08/2021

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Events

Thu
27
May
2021

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

13.00 - 15.00 | Online

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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

News

04.08.2020

Industrial biotechnology funding round-up

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

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10.03.2021

Plant Biostimulants and their potential role in sustainable agricultural production systems

At KTN, we connect ideas, people and communities to help drive net zero innovation. Plant
Biostimulants have the potential to play an important role in sustainable agricultural
production systems.

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