BBSRC recently took part in a showcase about the success and future of Industrial Biotechnology (IB) in the UK.
Held in central London on January 22 and 23, and hosted by the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF), the Leading IB: A UK Showcase Presentation event provided a showcase of UK IB and bio-based products, networking and presentations.
The event was considered a huge success with excellent presentations and exhibitors along with plenty of networking.
BBSRC's Director of Innovation and Skills, Dr Celia Caulcott, was among the speakers and gave a presentation about Industrial Biotechnology at BBSRC.
During the event, David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, announced £35M of BBSRC funding to boost research in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy.
The funding will create networks and collaborative research between academia and industry, offering a channel for sustainable economic growth for the UK and new 'green collar' jobs.
Shortly afterwards and additional £5M in funding from the Technology Strategy Board was announced which will fund the creation of a IB Catalyst in 2014.
To find out more about the plans for the BBSRC IB funding visit www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/industrial-biotechnology/2013/130123-pr-funding-boost-ib-bioenergy.aspx and www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/industrial-biotechnology/2013/130125-n-industrial-biotechnology-catalyst.aspx .
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