IB Catalyst Engineering Focused Workshop

IB Catalyst Engineering Focused Workshop
Event on 2015-06-09 09:30:00
Overview:   This is a free consortium-building event to stimulate engineering lead projects for the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst (IB Catalyst). It is designed to help business and researchers develop innovative engineering solutions for different industrial biotechnological applications.   The aim of this workshop is to: Highlight the engineering opportunities within industrial biotechnology; Identify new engineering technologies that could be applied to a range of biological processes: and Learn about national investment in industrial biotechnology through IB Catalyst, BBSRC NIBBs and Supergen.   Representatives from Innovate UK, EPSRC, BBRSC and KTN will be present to address any queries related to the funding competition.   About IB Catalyst   In January 2014 Innovate UK, BBRSC and EPSRC invested £40M to support integrated researcher and development projects through the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst (IB Catalyst). The IB Catalyst provides funding to companies and researchers to work together in priority areas to bring their biotechnology innovations to market and to help cement the UK’s position as a world leading sector.   IB Catalyst programme will accelerate commercialization by supporting the development of new industrial biotechnology products and processes, and enabling their potential to scale-up. It supports R&D for the processing and production of materials, chemicals and bioenergy through the sustainable exploitation of biological resources.   There are five types of award – Early Stage; (1) Translational, and (2) Feasibility studies: (3) Industrial Research: (4) Late Stage; and (5) Experimental Development – and, with the exception of Translation awards that are academic lead, can involve a single business or be collaborative. Total Project Size can range from up to £250k for feasibility studies to up £10m for experimental development.   Scope: IB Catalyst supports R&D in the process and production of materials, chemicals (including pharmaceutical precursors and biopharmaceuticals) and bioenergy. The biological resources that may be used in these processes include tissues, enzymes, and genes from algae, marine life, fungi, microorganisms and plants.   Projects should address one or more of the following challenges using biological processes, or processes in which biological and chemical approaches are used in combination: Productions of fine and speciality chemicals and natural products (for example fragrances, flavours, and pharmaceutical intermediates). Production of commodity, platform and intermediate chemicals and materials (for example plastics, resins and textiles). Production of liquid and gaseous biofuels. Production of peptides and proteins (for example enzymes, antibiotics, and recombinant biologics). Novel or improved upstream or downstream processes to reduce cost or improve efficiency. The IB Catalyst will not fund research that uses feedstock from material that could be used for human food or animal feed to produce liquid and gaseous fuels (unless they have already fulfilled their food purpose).   Projects involving the production of food and drink are out of scope. However, projects may address the production of fine chemicals for use as food ingredients, for example flavourings and colourings. The IB Catalyst will not support research on natural products aimed at discovering new organisms or searching for new activity, but will support the translation of discoveries into a commercial activity.   More information at: IB Catalyst Early Stage, IB Catalyst Late Stage   Who should attend?   The workshop offers opportunities for: Engineers to provide new approaches for industrial biotechnological projects. Bio-scientists searching for engineering solutions for their biological processes.   Workshop Structure   It covers: Scope of the IB Catalyst competition and rules Overview of different opportunities that engineering offers to industrial biotechnology. State-of-the-art engineering technologies for biotech companies. Delegate pitch presentations outlining expertise and chances for collaboration.   Terms and Conditions All best endeavours will be made to undertake the event as shown above. However, the event organisers reserve the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, any of the arrangements, timetable or plans relating directly or indirectly to the event. The event organisers are not liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such alterations. Places at this event are limited, so please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The organisers reserve the right to limit the number of registrations per organisation.    IB Catalyst Engineering Focused Workshop  9th June 2015  Chancellors Hotel, Manchester, M14 6NN       Time Agenda Item Presenter 9.30         Arrival & Refreshments 10.00 – 10.10 1. Welcome & Introduction Horizons tool Aurora Piñas-Fernández, KTN 10.10 – 10.40 2. IB Catalyst Review Richard Bailey, EPSRC 10.40 – 11.05 3. Supergen Bioenergy Hub Overview & UK Biomass Resource Availability, Bioenergy Potential and GHG Balance Analyses. Laura O’Keefe, Andrew Welfle 11.05 – 11.15                        Refreshments (10min) 11.15 – 11.40 4. Title TBC Tim Davies, Green Biologics Ltd. 11.40 – 12.05 5. Title TBC C-Tech Innovation Ltd. 12.05 – 12.15 6. Introduction to BBRSC NIBB Charlotte Bell, BBRSC 12.15 – 12.55 7. Pitches (35 min = 7 pitches)   12.55 – 13.40                         Lunch Break (50 min) 13.40 – 13.50 8. P2P: Supporting biological, chemical and engineering solutions for converting plants to products     David Leak 13.50 – 14.00 9. BioProNet: Tools to predict protein solubility Jim Warwicker 14.00 – 14.35 10. Pitches (35 min = 7 pitches)   14.35 – 14.50 11. Closing remarks   14.50 – 16.30                   Refreshments & Networking        

at Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre
Fallow Field
Manchester, United Kingdom

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