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IBioIC invites Micro Companies to apply for funding from Exemplar Programme

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) is currently inviting applications for its fourth project competition for Micro Companies, for industry-led collaborative research projects using innovative applications in biotechnology.

They are inviting applications from projects with a total value of up to £250,000 that demonstrate a defined market need and commercial opportunity.

IBioIC aims to promote collaboration between universities and industry, to drive innovation, find commercial opportunities for new technology and ideas. The IBioIC Exemplar Programme aims to support projects that meet these criteria and that bring biotechnology closer to industrialisation.

The Exemplar Programme is available to all companies from large to micro businesses with a sliding scale of IBioIC funding. IBioIC also offer personal one-to-one project consultations to all members to assist in the development of projects.


About IBioIC

IBioIC is a unique facility for the development of biological substances, systems and processes to produce chemicals, materials and energy. The aim of IBioIC is threefold:

  • to support the development of new products and manufacturing processes to bring them closer to industrial reality;
  • to provide the necessary skills to meet the growing needs of industry; and
  • to be the centre of knowledge exchange for sharing best practice in industrial biotechnology.

Industry has identified five major themes for IBioIC activities:

  • Sustainable Feedstocks (including unconventional gases);
  • Enzymes and Biocatalysis/Biotransformation;
  • Cell Factory Construction and Process Physiology;
  • Downstream Processing; and
  • Integrated Bioprocessing.

IBioIC will promote collaboration between industry and academia, drive innovation, find commercial opportunities for new technology and ideas and support projects that bring biotechnology closer to industrialisation. 

Key Dates

  • Deadline for applications: 31 August 2015
  • Application review: September 2015
  • Commencement of Projects: December 2015

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