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Innovation Showcase at Venturefest Scotland 2016 - call for entries

Do you know a high-growth, Scottish company who would be interested in taking part in the Venturefest Scotland Innovation Showcase ? Participation is FREE and last year 10 companies were invited to take part including Insignia Technologies, IQ Chocolate, Epipole and Arbikie Vodka. Venturefest Scotland is an annual event for ambitious growth businesses, entrepreneurs, investors and...
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Survey: Advertising in Business Biodirectory

KTN and Innovate UK would like to understand which funding model suits your needs best if you were considering online advertising to raise your company profile. The UK-Norway IB Business Directory is evolving into the Bioeconomy Business Directory and will include other international countries. The Directory will enable expedient supply-chain development on a global scale.  ...
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EFIB2016 workshops announced

  Two interactive and practical workshops   have been announced for the first afternoon of the 9th European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB 2016) Conference, on 18th October 2016 in Glasgow. Workshop 1: Synthetic Biology Masterclass This workshop is a must-attend for anyone who wants to find out more about SynBio as a business...
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Briefing webinar for Women in Innovation competition, 18 July

The first women only Innovate UK competition opened last month as part of a new ‘infocus’ initiative to encourage diversity in innovation. Recent reports show that women are half as likely to start a business than men (RBS Inspiring women in enterprise), Innovate UK want to harness the talent of women entrepreneurs, which they believe could significantly enhance UK economic...
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Have you say on future EU research on food security, agriculture, marine sector & bioeconomy

The European Commission is seeking views and opinions from SMEs on the strategy, scope, objectives, and expected impacts of the Horizon 2020 ‘Food Security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bio economy’ Work Programme 2018-2020. The aim of the programme is to secure sufficient supplies of safe, healthy and high quality...
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Algal Bioenergy SIG publishes report on activities and achievements over the last 5 years

The Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) was formed in 2011 with support from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Innovate UK and managed by the Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd. (KTN). The ABSIG has three main objectives: To ensure that project developers fully understand the environmental implications of any planned algal commercialisation activity in...
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Marine microalgae breakthrough toward fish-free aquaculture feed

Dartmouth College scientists have discovered that marine microalgae can completely replace the wild fish oil currently used to feed tilapia, the second most farmed fish in the world and the most widely farmed in the United States. The findings, which appear in the open-access journal  PLOS ONE , are a major breakthrough in the quest to develop sustainable, fish-free feeds for...
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Latest round of funding from Eurostars now open

The latest round of Eurostars funding is now open to applications with a closing date of 15th September 2016.  Eurostars supports international innovative projects led by research and development- performing small- and medium-sized enterprises (R&D-performing SMEs). With its bottom-up approach, Eurostars supports the development of rapidly marketable innovative...
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Would you like to pitch your technology at St James's Palace?

Pitch@Palace seeks to support Entrepreneurs and ideas from across the United Kingdom. It was established by the Duke of York to provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to get their business ideas  in front of a global audience of influencers who can catapult it to the next level. Every Pitch@Palace is themed - Pitch@Palace 6.0, which will take place on 2nd November 2016,...
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Learn about £200m of innovation funding at the Ingenuity KnowledgeXchange Breakfast Event

Innovation is crucial for your businesses to compete and to help create and maintain your market lead. The funding landscape for innovation has changed dramatically and presents fresh opportunities for growing and innovative businesses like yours.   This breakfast event on Friday 15th July at the University of Nottingham will help you learn more about Innovate UK’s £200m of...
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KTN will be at New Designers - why not pop into one of our talks

KTN will again be supporting New Designers at the Business Design Centre. This exhibition showcases over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses and is one of the UK’s largest design events attracting over 18,000 visitors from design, industry and academia.   KTN members can purchase day tickets in advance for just £10.50 (offer expires...
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All the latest algal bioenergy news, funding and events

We have just published the June 2016 edition of KTN's  Algal Bioenergy newsletter   - filled with all the latest news, events and funding programmes of relevance to algal bioenergy.  If you are not on KTN's algal bioenergy mailing list, you can  click here  or on the image below to view the newsletter.  You can subscribe to our Agri-Food,...
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Wanting to scale up your heterotrophic microalgae production?

A global brewery company is exploring options to negate fermenter down-time. They have 400,00L batch production fermenters and large centrifuges for DSP. They also have spent grains and wheat that could be used as growth media. They are interested in discussing opportunities and different models. If you are based in the UK and access to such a scale of fermenter is an attractive proposition...
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Tell us what you are interested in within forthcoming 2017 H2020 Call Topics

KTN in collaboration with the UK National Contact Points, SusChem UK and EEN, is gathering information on your interest in forthcoming 2017 H2020 Call Topics. Understanding your priorities will help us to tailor the support we can offer to you, including the planning of future events. Please complete this short survey which should only take a couple of minutes. Complete the...
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Tuning algae for biofuel profitably

BioExtractions (Wales) Ltd received an ABSIG SPARK Plus award to work with the  University of Greenwich on a "Tuning algae for biofuel profitably" project. The project has successfully investigated the potential for profitable production of the biofuel glycerol and other higher value metabolites from microalgae, through manipulation of the biosynthetic pathway by external...
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Bioprocess modelling toolkit to explore options for algal biorefining

Phytofutures and University College London (UCL) used their ABSIG SPARK Plus award to create a  bioprocess modelling toolkit to explore options for algal biorefining. Phytofutures have devised a microalgal process which upgrades brine waste and converts it into algal biomass. Microalgae thus plays an ecosystems services role in both supporting nutrient recovery and recycling, as...
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New £15M Innovate UK R&D competition is open to all UK companies

Innovate UK is investing up to £15M in innovative R&D projects through the first of its "Open" funding competitions. The competition is open to the best business-led ideas or concepts, which can be drawn from any technology, engineering or industrial area, including Innovate UK’s 4 priority sectors for growth ( Emerging and Enabling Technologies;  Health and Life...
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Using genotype selection for optimal EPA production of a commercial microalgal strain

AlgaeCytes Ltd and the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth used their 2014 ABSIG SPARK award to look at g enotype selection for optimal EPA production of a commercial microalgal strain.   AlgaeCytes is focused on developing and commercialising bioactive ingredients in particular Omega 3 oils (EPA - Eicosapentaenoic acid) and proteins for the healthcare,...
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Growing algae for fish feed in agricultural units

GJL & AM Western and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) received a 2014 ABSIG SPARK Award to investigate algae bioremediation of wastewater from a Jade perch growth system. Early in 2014 two modern chicken rearing houses became vacant presenting an opportunity to look at different livestock systems. The buildings are well insulated and with the current advantages of...
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Shipboard photobioreactor for nutrient cycling, biomass production and pollutant sequestration

Octoply Ltd and University College London received a 2014 ABSIG SPARK Award to investigate a shipboard photobioreactor for nutrient cycling, biomass production and pollutant sequestration. The shipping industry is a major and increasing contributor to global carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions that contribute to climate change. There is potential to scrub CO 2 and NO x from ship...
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Biogas, hydrogen and energy potential of algae grown in nutrient rich wastewater

Industrial Phycology and Cranfield University used their 2014 ABSIG SPARK Award for a project on "Biogas, hydrogen and energy potential of algae grown in nutrient rich wastewater." The SPARK funding allowed Industrial Phycology to demonstrate that its technology offers several ecosystem service benefits within a single process. By using microalgae as a wastewater treatment option...
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Developing a Lab-scale method for measuring biogas potential from microalgae

University of Cambridge and  Anaero Technology were awarded a 2014 ABSIG SPARK Award to explore whether  anaerobic digestion of algae biomass is a possible route of utilisation of algae biomass.   Research into using microalgae for the bioremediation of waste streams, for example those from tertiary waste water treatment, has been gaining momentum in the UK. However,...
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Algal Biorefinery: routes for energy and nutrient recovery

A 2015 SPARK Plus Award enabled  Anaero Technology to work with the University of Cambridge on "Algal Biorefinery: routes for energy and nutrient recovery." Research into using microalgae for the bioremediation of waste streams, for example those from tertiary waste water treatment, has been gaining momentum in the UK. However, if biomass is not suitable for the food...
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Growing your greens: ecosystem service provision through commercial Ulva cultivation

S.E.A. Consultants Ltd and Durham University received a 2015 ABSIG SPARK Plus Award for their project " Growing your greens: ecosystem service provision through commercial Ulva cultivation." This project evaluated how commercial cultivation of the green Ulva seaweeds can provide provisioning (food & fuel) and regulatory (bioremediation) ecosystem services to the UK’s coastal...
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Improving bioreactor light control to increase microalgae growth.

BioPro Control Tech Ltd and University College London recieved at 2015 ABSIG SPARK Plus Award for their project on "An optical fibre light utilisation and control system for microalgae biofuel production." Dr. Yuhong Zhou from University College London and Dr. John Gilchrist from BioPro Control Tech teamed up to create control technology to harvest sunlight then transfer the light...
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Webinar on funding opportunities for Industrial Biotech & SynBio

This KTN webinar provided an update on the upcoming funding opportunities for industrial biotechnology & synthetic biology, with particular focus on the remit of each competition and where applications are likely to fit best. 

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