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Industrial biotechnology news

Scientists at The University of Manchester supported by BBSRC have made an important discovery that forms the basis for the development of new applications in biofuels and the sustainable manufacturing of chemicals. Based at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), researchers have identified the exact mechanism and structure of two key enzymes isolated from yeast moulds that together provide a new, cleaner route to the production of hydrocarbons.

24 ground-breaking projects have won a share of funding to develop their innovative ideas through the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst. The Catalyst was set up in January 2014 to support UK researchers and companies to work together to bring their biotechnology innovations to market and to help cement the UK’s position as a world leader in this sector.

A study commissioned by BBSRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK and the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum identifying opportunities for investment in UK scale up facilities in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy has been published today. The study documents major investment opportunities to build UK excellence and leadership in translating industrial biotechnology and bioenergy research into industrial products and processes.