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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

CRACK IT Challenge: SAFE: Innovative Safety Assessment of Fish adverse Effects

This Challenge aims to develop a suite of innovative, scalable bioassays for key adverse outcome pathways to replace in vivo fish studies in chemical safety screening and regulatory environmental risk assessment.

Opens: 01/09/2021 Closes: 28/10/2021

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Innovate UK Smart Grants: August 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Opens: 26/08/2021 Closes: 06/10/2021

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Eureka Eurostars 3: call 1

UK registered SME’s can apply for a share of up to £2.5million to develop collaborative research in partnership with organisations from participating Eureka Eurostars member countries.

Opens: 02/09/2021 Closes: 04/11/2021

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Events

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

Thu
30
Sep
2021

Bioeconomy Cluster Builder: The Bioeconomy - An Investor’s Perspective

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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News

04.08.2020

Industrial biotechnology funding round-up

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

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26.08.2021

Young Innovators Success Stories: Greg Short, Director, FYTO LTD

Electronics engineer Greg Short is on a mission to make food production ultra-local by bringing the benefits of vertical farming to every street corner.

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