Biotechnology

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

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).

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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.

Related Opportunities

Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture: feasibility study

Opens: 07/12/2022 Closes: 01/02/2023

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for feasibility studies to develop and improve sustainable biomanufacturing in the UK.

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Novel, low-emission food production systems: feasibility studies and industrial research

Opens: 18/01/2023 Closes: 19/04/2023

Apply for a share of up to £16m to deliver resource efficient, low-emission food production systems, including alternative proteins and Total Controlled Environment Agriculture (TCEA).

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GCRF AgriFood Africa Innovation Awards Round 5: African Aquaculture Genetics

Opens: 25/01/2023 Closes: 07/03/2023

Successful UK-registered organisations will receive a grant of up to £30,000 to support new UK- Africa collaborations on aquaculture genetics. Application deadline: 7th March 2023 at 11am GMT.

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BBSRC – STFC Facility Access Funding for Bioscience Partnerships: Briefing Event

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Industrial Applications of Biomass: The Biorefinery Concept – creating high value product streams from biomass

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Bacteriophages as Alternative Antimicrobials

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