Industrial biotechnology news
Researchers at the BBSRC strategically-funded Institute of Food Research have developed a new way of rapidly screening yeasts that could help produce more sustainable biofuels. The new technique could also be a boon in the search for new ways of deriving valuable renewable chemicals from plant-based wastes, reducing our reliance on petrochemicals.
Business Secretary Vince Cable has today unveiled the winners of a multi-million-pound competition to bring innovative UK biotechnology projects to market. A total of 23 projects, ranging from making biofuel from household waste to using bacteria to make the building blocks for new medicines, will share almost £20M from the BBSRC-supported Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst – introduced in January 2014 to support collaboration between UK researchers and the emergent industrial biotechnology sector.
Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced continued funding for the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst for major, challenge-led research projects in industrial biotechnology (IB). BBSRC, EPSRC and Innovate UK have committed to offer up to £40M (£20M, £10M and £10M respectively).