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Industrial biotechnology news

A total of 16 projects have today received a share of £17M to bring innovative challenge-led biotechnology concepts to market. The projects will use cutting edge science to deliver benefits for society: from creating new drugs from bacteria, to making plastic from plants.

A landmark technique in plant science is being given a £5M backing in the form of a new business and a purpose-built facility a stone’s throw from the Norwich laboratory where it was developed. Professor George Lomonossoff and Dr Frank Sainsbury, at the John Innes Centre (JIC), discovered a new way to use individual plants to produce new high value products, including therapeutic drugs and vaccines.

Plants vs petrol! is part of a series of animations about the ways that everyday plants are doing amazing things. Our dependence on fossil fuels is complex and it’s increasing.