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Redress: health provision through functional foods, securing a supply of red seaweeds

Loch Fyne Seafarms and the Scottish Association for Marine Science wer e awarded an ABSIG SPARK award in 2013 for their project " Redress: health provision through functional foods, securing a supply of red seaweeds." There is a resurgence of interest in edible seaweeds such as dulse, as their health benefits are noted and their use is endorsed and popularised by...
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Catch up on the latest industrial biotechnology news, funding and events

The June 2016 edition of KTN's Industrial Biotechnology (IB) newsletter , filled with all the latest news, events and funding programmes of relevance to IB,is now available.  If you are not on KTN's IB mailing list, you can click here or on the image below to view newsletter.  You can subscribe to our Biosciences and Biotechnology newsletters here . ...
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Innovate UK launches its first women only competition

The first women only Innovate UK competition opened on 1st June and is 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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EuropaBio launches the Most Innovative European Biotech SME Awards 2016

EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries, is inviting small and medium sized biotech companies (SMEs) across Europe to apply for the 7th edition of the Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award – a unique annual initiative recognising biotech innovation and its contribution to society. Depending on their field of activity, SMEs can apply in 3 categories: healthcare,...
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Seaweed farm in Pembrokeshire to study algae as biofuel

As part of the  MacroBioCrude project ,  Swansea University have installed a 100m (328ft)-long structure at Pembroke Dock and seeded it with algae spores . The project will look at sustainability measures to ensure supply as well as the health benefits of seaweed.  Check out the BBC website to read more
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Women in innovation invited to apply for infocus funding award

Innovate UK has up to £200,000 and a package of tailored support to award to businesswomen who have exciting ideas and the potential to become leaders in innovation and deliver significant economic growth. This is the first women only Innovate UK competition and is part of a new ‘infocus’ initiative to encourage diversity in innovation. Each of the 12 finalists in the competition...
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Royal Society Innovation Awards - deadline 7 July 2016

The Royal Society has opened a competition for two Innovation Awards of up to £250,000: one for research in the Physical sciences and one for research in the Biological sciences. This scheme is aimed at scientists who wish to develop a proven novel concept through to a near-market product ready for commercial exploitation. The Royal Society  Innovation Awards   and...
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£17M announced to support industrial biotechnology

A total of 16 projects have received a share of £17M to bring innovative challenge-led biotechnology concepts to market. The projects will use cutting edge science to deliver benefits for society: from creating new drugs from bacteria, to making plastic from plants. The  Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst  is a multi-million-pound competition funded by Innovate UK, BBSRC and...
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Recording and slides now available from opportunities for IB & SynBio webinar

Did you miss our recent webinar on opportunities for industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology in the new Innovate UK Delivery Plan? Not to worry, because the recording and slides from the webinar are now available.   160520 WEBINAR Opportunities for Industrial Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology in the new Innovate UK delivery plan from ...
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Meet a Special Advisor at the International Festival for Business 2016

International Festival of Business 2016 is providing you with an opportunity to ‘ Meet the Specialist Advisor ’, by booking a free one to one appointment with industry experts from a host of world-leading organisations, all under one roof. Each Specialist Advisor represents a different step of the export or business growth journey, providing bespoke advice to help take your...
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Opportunity for Scottish Life Sciences companies to have professional photos taken for free

For the past 12 years Lewis Houghton, the official photographer for the life sciences dinner, has been contributing to the Science Photo library ( http://www.sciencephoto.com ).  He is currently looking for any Scottish Life Sciences companies that would benefit from him taking images for them that he can submit to the Science Photo Library - he would also supply the company with a...
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IBioIC to officially open Flexible Downstream Bioprocessing Centre

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) will officially open its  Flexible Downstream Bioprocessing Centre  (FlexBio), located at Heriot Watt University,  on Wednesday 25 May 2016. "This new Centre will link to the  Rapid Bioprocess Prototyping Centre   housed at the University of Strathclyde, by taking the most promising...
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Discount code for KTN members at UK Trade & Export Finance Conference 2016

Returning for its fourth year, the  UK Trade & Export Finance Conference  moves to its new base of Liverpool on 15th June 2016 , incorporating the UK Export Excellence Awards 2016 and featuring as part of the International Festival for Business 2016.   Discount code for KTN members As Institutional Partner, KTN has secured a 15% discount for its...
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Catch up on the latest algal bioenergy news, funding and events

The May 2016 edition of KTN's  Algal Bioenergy newsletter   has just been published and is 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...
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Seeking: End-users of lutein or zeaxanthin

Do you formulate products containing lutein or zeaxanthin? Two new microalgae biorefineries are on course to be developed in the UK to produce lutein and zeaxanthin in the first instance: two carotenoids used in infant formula and for macular degeneration. Feedback required Hypothetically, as an end-user, what is the product specification that suits your requirements? ...
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Check out the programme of events at the Wales Festival of Innovation

The Wales Festival of Innovation is taking place across Wales from 20th June to 1st July 2016. It will provide innovators with the opportunity to network with industry experts, showcase their products and services to potential customers and members of the public from across Wales and beyond.    Planned events include:   Collaboration to Innovate ...
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Future of British Manufacturing Initiative - Britain’s response to Industry 4.0

The  Future of British Manufacturing Initiative is a  a hands on approach to generate sustainable, profitable growth for British design and  manufacturing SME’s through increased productivity and greater innovation. It aims to accelerate  the pace at which British designers and manufacturers step into the Future of Making Things. "As we enter a new...
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Opportunities for IB & SynBio in the new Innovate UK funding competitions

Innovate UK has recently published its new Delivery Plan, outlining the main ways in which it will invest around £561M in helping businesses to innovate and grow in the financial year 2016 to 2017, including: two broad Health and Life Sciences competitions two broad Manufacturing and Materials competitions two ‘open’ funding competitions or...
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Register now for a Venturefest Scotland Feeder Event

Venturefest Scotland   returns to Glasgow Science Centre on 1 September 2016 to connect ambitious Scottish SMEs with entrepreneurs, academics, innovators and investors. Building on the success of the inaugural 2015 event they have announced a series of national, Venturefest, co-badged  feeder events  in the months leading up to the big day. Venturefest Network...
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Innovate UK launches new £15M funding competition: Manufacturing and materials

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials . These projects will focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. They will fund projects that aim to lead to increased UK SME productivity, competitiveness and growth. Projects need to be led by a business and must involve at least one SME. They can be carried out by an SME...
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Mexico is the ideal country to grow microalgae for biodiesel

A study conducted by experts from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the University of Newcastle, concluded that Mexico is ideal for developing the growth of certain species of microalgae, which can be used as feedstocks for biodiesel.  Chlorella, Scenedesmus & Desmodesmus are native to Texcoco Lake and can be grown in just one day and processed into...
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North West SMEs invited to tap into funded Lancaster University business led R&D initiatives

Lancaster University is providing a unique opportunity for ambitious North West small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of funded three-year industry-led research and development initiatives with support worth up to £100,000. More than 80 aspiring companies will be matched with appropriately skilled graduate researchers with expertise in a range of science and...
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Opportunity to apply to BBSRC Pool of Experts, Strategy Advisory Panels and Follow-on-fund Committee

BBSRC is looking to appoint suitably qualified and motivated individuals from academia, industry and other BBSRC user communities to join their: Pool of Experts Strategy Advisory Panels Follow-on-Fund Committee This is an opportunity to work with other highly experienced people from across the academic, public, private and civil sectors to make an important...
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Potential process ‘hurdles’ in the use of macroalgae as feedstock for biofuel production in the British Isles

Researchers at the University of Greenwich have conducted a study that views opportunities for macroalgae production for biofuels in the British Isles. Specifically, they studied the processing pipeline for the sustainable production of biofuels from seaweed. Read the press release at University of Greenwich
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BBSRC publishes Delivery Plan for 2016 to 2020

BBSRC has published its Delivery Plan for 2016/17 to 2019/20.  The plan recognises BBSRC’s unique role in supporting the UK’s world-leading bioscience research base in driving scientific advances, and in exploiting the transformative power of bioscience for the widest possible benefit. The plans are centred on five outcome-focused themes that will guide their investments and actions...
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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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