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Don't miss out on the latest industrial biotechnology news, events and funding opportunities

We have just sent out the May 2016 edition of KTN's Industrial Biotechnology (IB) newsletter , filled with all the latest news, events and funding programmes of relevance to IB.  This month's newsletter features two major pots of funding with the announcement of a call for proposals from the €188M Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking and £561M from Innovate UK to help...
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Inside the Challenges and Opportunities of Renewable Energy conference

NERC has funded a wide range of research and innovation projects to support the development of renewable energy over the past five years. Many of these projects are drawing to a close or have recently ended - however, new environmental challenges are emerging across all the renewable energy sectors. On 30th June 2016, NERC and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), are hosting a ...
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Unable to attend the info day for the €188M Biobased Industries call? Watch the video instead.

The Biobased Industries Public-Private Partnership (BBI) recently held an Info Day in Brussels, following the official launch of its  €188M call for proposals, covering 27 topics. Over 530 participants registered for the event in the European Commission’s Charlemagne building and more than 100 participants watched via the live streaming. The morning was dedicated to information...
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ClimateLaunchpad: Turn your green idea into a fast growing company

Do you have an idea for innovation in renewable energy, a sustainable transition in the food chain, a mind shift in urban mobility or any other way to tackle climate change? The ClimateLaunchpad Business Idea Competition aims to unlock Europe’s cleantech potential that addresses climate change. The competition creates a stage for those ideas. ClimateLaunchpad is part of...
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Literature review on biofuels from algae: technology options, energy balance & GHG emissions

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has published a literature review on " Biofuels from algae: technology options, energy balance and GHG emissions." Click here to access the literature review.
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Using algae to improve the sustainability credentials of food production

Wageningen UR scientists in Mexico are investigating the use of algae to improve the sustainability credentials of food production - specifically by using the algae to extract nutrients from the residual water from vegetable greenhouses. Project leader Dorinde Kleinegris, Wageningen UR, says: “In Mexico many capsicums and tomatoes are grown in vegetable greenhouses. A large...
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Making plastics from seaweeds

An article on the Wageningen UR website highlights the potential for making plastics from seaweeds (rather than petroleum, maize or sugar beet) in the context of the circular economy.  Sander van den Burg said, " If we can produce plastic from seaweed on a large scale this would mean using fewer fossil fuels and freeing up valuable agricultural land for food production." ...
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Equip yourself with the skills & knowledge to be part of the new bio-economy

Aberystwyth University is offering online training for biotech industries, with the next set of modules starting in May 2016. "The time is ripe to develop low carbon alternatives to petroleum-based products both in terms of what society wants and what economics demand. This makes it’s an exciting time to be part of the rapidly developing Biotech Industries. However, biorefining is a...
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How businesses can use design in early stage innovation

The benefits of using design in early stage innovation are well articulated and appreciated by  Innovate UK . The  latest KTN guide  puts it into practice and sets out how businesses can create the right conditions and orient activity to shape the early stages of developing innovative products and services. The guide is intended to help businesses navigate the fog...
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BIS seeks ideas for the upcoming National Innovation Plan

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has launched a Call for Ideas on Citizen Space to seek interesting views on how the UK should further develop its innovation framework and system. These ideas will help shape the National Innovation Plan, which is due to be published later this year. To read more and participate, please visit the  Citizen Space...
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H2020 brokerage event: Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency and Eco-innovation, 22 June, Liverpool

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is working with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Innovate UK to organise a brokerage, matchmaking and information event , on 22 June 2016 in Liverpool.  The event is focusing on Horizon 2020, technology transfer and commercial opportunities for businesses making the transition to a circular economy and becoming more resource efficient. The...
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Algal Innovation Centre to officially open on 9th May

The Official Opening of the  Algal Innovation Centre  (AIC) at Cambridge University will take place on 9th May 2016. The afternoon will begin with an open viewing of the AIC, followed by a welcome and talks by academic and industrial partners within the algal biotechnology and physiology arena. The formal opening and ribbon cutting will then take place in the AIC, where it is...
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FinanceCamp North East - Helping regional businesses to secure investment

Businesses need investment. Investors need businesses. FinanceCamp brings everyone together to make exciting things happen.    The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is proud to be a partner of  FinanceCamp North East - the smart new way for regional businesses to secure the right kind of investment to fit their plans for growth.  This new programme of support will...
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Hello Tomorrow Challenge - €100K equity free funding for early-stage startups and projects

The 2016 Hello Tomorrow Challenge  offers a €100K top prize in equity free funding in a global competition for early-stage startups and projects. It is also offering category prizes of €15K in 10 separate ‘tracks’, including in Energy, Food & Agriculture, Healthcare. Hello Tomorrow  is a non-profit organisation headquartered in Paris aiming to accelerate science and...
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Do you want find out how to get "investment ready"? Workshop on 26th April, Edinburgh

Quantiply , the investment-readiness and access to finance platform, invite you to their 'Getting Investment Ready' workshop at 2pm on 26th April in Edinburgh at Informatics Forum. The workshop will help startups put their best foot forward when going for investment. From communications and messaging to R&D tax credits and legal services, the workshop highlights what investors...
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€188M Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking 2016 call now open

The Bio-based Industries (BBI) Joint Undertaking (JU) is responsible for the implementation of open call for proposals for research and innovation actions and innovation actions, as well as coordination and support actions, in line with the Horizon 2020 rules for participation. BBI-JU has now launched its €188M call for proposals, with a submission deadline of 8 September 2016 before...
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Designing a European Innovation Council: A Call for Ideas

Positive steps have been taken in recent years to integrate an innovation component into EU programmes and policies, in particular Horizon 2020. However, the array of support mechanisms can be difficult to navigate, and lacks the flexibility and responsiveness that disruptive innovation requires. The Commission is therefore seeking the views of stakeholders via this online Call for...
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Registration now open: Challenges & Opportunities of Renewable Energy Conference, 30 June, London

Showcasing NERC Science & Identifying Research and Investment Gaps      NERC has funded a wide range of research and innovation projects to support the development of renewable energy over the past five years. Many of these projects are drawing to a close or have recently ended - however, new environmental challenges are emerging across all the...
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Call for Welsh innovators to showcase pioneering work

Welsh businesses are being encouraged show off their ground-breaking work by putting on events as part of the 2016 Wales Festival of Innovation , in a programme backed by the Welsh Government, KTN and ESTnet. Applications are open for businesses to join the two week long ‘celebration’ of new ideas and achievements, by staging workshops, exhibitions, open days, demonstrations,...
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The latest algal bioenergy news, events and funding

The April 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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Help the EC prepare a sustainable bioenergy policy for 2020 onwards

The European Commission is conducting a survey is to consult stakeholders and citizens on an updated EU policy on sustainable bioenergy for the period 2020-2030, as part of the EU renewable energy package foreseen before the end of 2016. Identified sustainability risks under examination include lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from bioenergy production and use; impacts on the...
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Enzyme discovery reveals how green microalgae produces large amounts of liquid hydrocarbons

Botryococcus braunii, a green microalgae found in freshwater ponds and lakes around the world, is a promising biofuel feedstock candidate. It produces large amounts of liquid hydrocarbons that can be converted into fuels, but it also grows very slowly, so is not currently considered to be economically viable as a biofuel producer. Scientists at Texas A&M AgriLife have been...
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Marine algae to reduce the use of antibiotics in farming

As part of a partnership with Olmix Group, Inra researchers have shown that a compound extracted from green algae inhibited the growth of pathogenic bacteria in vitro and stimulated the production of immunity mediators by intestinal epithelial cells. This type of preparation could be used in livestock feed to improve animals’ resistance to infections and therefore reduce the use of...
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Entries now open for Innovation Prize of Universal Biotech

Open to young innovative startups (<8 years) as well as academic research laboratories , the Innovation Prize of Universal Biotech aims to promote on an international scale the most innovative projects in the field of Life Sciences (biotech, medtech, e-health). The awarding ceremony will be held at the Innovation Days 2016, a networking BtoB event which will take place at the ...
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Concept biodegradable water bottle breaks down when it’s empty

The World Economic Forum reports on a concept biodegradable water bottle, which relies on it's contents to stop it from decomposing. As soon as the bottle is emptied, the process of decomposition begins. Read the full story here .
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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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