The Biotechnology team at KTN focuses on Industrial Biotechnology (IB), Engineering Biology (EB, commonly referred to as Synthetic Biology) and Microbiomes.
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.
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.
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.
Biotechnology Events And Recordings
Approaches to Life Cycle Assessment in the Bioeconomy
10.00 - 11.30 | Online
Transforming local bio-based waste streams into circular textile and building materials
10.00 - 12.00 | Online
Bacteriophages as Alternative Antimicrobials
10.00 - 12.00 | Online
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Our Biotechnology Experts
HydroGenerally Podcast Series
The Hydrogen Economy Innovation Network is delighted to share with you: HydroGenerally – a podcast series that is giving a voice to explore the applications, opportunities and challenges of the hydrogen economy, in a series of 20-minute discussions led by Innovate UK KTN’s experts in Hydrogen, Steffan Eldred and Simon Buckley.
Sustainable aviation fuels mandate - Summary of consultation responses
The Department for Transport has published their summary of responses to the Mandating the use of sustainable aviation fuels in the UK consultation.