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Industrial biotechnology news

The Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Science (CEPAMS) will be formally opened today in Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP, the UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation and the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Bai Chunli. The new facility will be one of two in China with dedicated state of the art laboratories in Beijing and Shanghai.

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.