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 (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.

Current Biotechnology funding opportunities

Identifying Solutions to Crop Damage Caused by Birds

Opens: 27/05/2022 Closes: 08/07/2022

This Innovation Exchange challenge, delivered by Innovate UK KTN through the Global Alliance Africa project, is supporting a large Agri-based Manufacturing Company with operations across Africa, which is looking for innovative solutions to prevent crop damage caused by migrating birds.

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Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition – Round 4

Opens: 09/06/2022 Closes: 13/07/2022

UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.

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SBRI: MRV tools and techniques for land based greenhouse gas removal, phase 1

Opens: 27/06/2022 Closes: 07/09/2022

Organisations can apply for a share of £375,000, inclusive of VAT, to develop tools, technologies and techniques to assist and enable the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of land based greenhouse gas removal (GGR) methods.

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Biotechnology Events And Recordings

Thu
24
Feb
2022

Approaches to Life Cycle Assessment in the Bioeconomy

10.00 - 11.30 | Online

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Thu
5
May
2022

Transforming local bio-based waste streams into circular textile and building materials

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Wed
13
Jul
2022

Bacteriophages as Alternative Antimicrobials

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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