Funding Agreed for Ten Feasibility Studies in Industrial Biotechnology

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Ten feasibility studies looking at how industrial biotechnology can be competitively applied to the production of high value chemicals and polymers are set to benefit from government investment totalling £1 million.

Ten feasibility studies looking at how industrial biotechnology can be competitively applied to the production of high value chemicals and polymers are set to benefit from government investment totalling £1 million.

The funding follows the conclusion of the first part of a funding competition – Manufacturing High Value Chemicals through Industrial Biotechnology – run by the Technology Strategy Board.

The feasibility studies will be conducted by Biocatalysts Ltd, Biopharma Technology Ltd, Coressence Ltd, Demuris Ltd, Ensus Ltd, Ingenza Ltd, Novacta Biosystems Ltd, SERE-Tech Innovation Ltd, Plaxica Ltd and VHsquared Ltd.

Each company will receive between £40,000 and £120,000 to carry out the studies. The total cost of the ten studies, including contributions from the companies, will be in the region of £1.8 million.

The use of industrial biotechnology offers the potential to develop new, efficient and sustainable methods of obtaining a significant proportion of our energy, chemical and material needs. Agricultural feedstocks, novel biocatalysts and bioreactor technologies have the potential to meet a number of challenges, such as replacing existing petrochemical-derived products like lubricants and plastics or creating active pharmaceutical ingredients through novel bio-transformations.

In April the Technology Strategy Board will announce the results of the second part of its Manufacturing High Value Chemicals through Industrial Biotechnology funding competition, which will see up to £1.5 million invested in a number of collaborative research and development projects.

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