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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 2020: round 1, early and late stage awards

UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of up to £30m to develop a product or process that is an innovative solution to a health and care challenge.

Opens: 27/07/2020 Closes: 07/10/2020

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CRACK IT Challenges for 2020 announced

Up to £3.5 million funding is available through the 2020 CRACK IT Challenges competition, run by NC3Rs, the National Centre for the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of the use of animals in medical research.

Opens: 14/09/2020 Closes: 05/11/2020

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The new KTN SME Accelerator: Accelerating innovative Chemistry & Industrial Biotechnology solutions for a Net Zero World

Offering a valuable package of training & support to a cohort of 10-15 promising early & late-stage innovators, in order to accelerate their pathway towards commercialisation and enabling the UK to build more resilient chemical supply chains.

Opens: 02/09/2020 Closes: 30/09/2020

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Events

Thu
24
Sep
2020

#IdeasMeanBusiness: Personal branding

10.00 - 11.00 | Online

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Thu
1
Oct
2020

#IdeasMeanBusiness: Creating a business plan

14.00 - 15.00 | Online

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Tue
27
Oct
2020

#IdeasMeanBusiness: Building a sales strategy

12.00 - 13.00 | Online

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News

18.08.2020

KTN Unveils its Ambitious Five Year Strategy

Five-year Strategy prioritises the economic, societal and environmental benefits of innovation in KTN’s vision to change the world.

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04.08.2020

Industrial biotechnology funding round-up

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to industrial biotechnology. Last updated 8th September 2020.

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