IB Catalyst Engineering Focused Workshop

9th June 2015, Manchester

KTN hosted this free consortium-building event to stimulate engineering lead projects for the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst (IB Catalyst). It was designed to help business and researchers develop innovative engineering solutions for different industrial biotechnological applications by:

  • Highlighting the engineering opportunities within industrial biotechnology;
  • Identifying new engineering technologies that could be applied to a range of biological processes: and
  • Providing an opportunity for delegates to learn about national investment in industrial biotechnology through IB Catalyst, BBSRC NIBBs and Supergen.

Representatives from Innovate UK, EPSRC, BBRSC and KTN were present to address any queries related to the funding competition.


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Welcome, Introduction and Horizons Tool - Aurora Piñas- Fernández, KTN

Session 1 Chair – Merlin Goldman

Delegate Pitches

  1. Novel EPS Technology Potential for IB Processing -  Narinder Bains, SERE Tech Innovation Ltd
  2. Microwave extraction of biochemicals from biomass - Eleanor Binner, University of Nottingham
  3. Expanded Bed Biofilm Reactor (EBBR) Technology for Intensification of Fermentations or Biocatalysis - Mike Dempsey, Manchester Metropolitan University
  4. Production of bioethanol, hydrogen and organic acids from waste using open mixed microbial cultures - Davide Dionisi, University of Aberdeen
  5. CPI - Engineering and Techno-economic Capabilities Overview - Ralph Grob, CPI
  6. Coflore Dynamic Mixing for Continuous Bioprocessing - Demonstrated for biotransformations; potential for continuous fermentation? - Gareth Jenkins, AM Technology
  7. Novasep's Separation and Purification technologies, the missing link between biomass deconstruction and commercial products - Anthony Lloyd, Novasep

Session 2 Chair – Yvonne Armitage

Delegate Pitches

  1. Membrane technology for small molecule recovery - Robert Lovitt, Membranology/Swansea University
  2. Development of SynBio Tools to More Predictably Clone, Express and Select Biocatalytic Activities for Metabolic Pathway Optimization - David McElroy, Ingenza
  3. Biochemical Engineering: scale up and ultrascaledown of industrial biotechnology processes - Brenda Parker, UCL
  4. Industrial-scale, continuous microwave- assisted processing available now - Stephen Roe, Advanced Microwave Technologies
  5. Lignocellulose to polyesters - Krisztina Kovacs- Schreiner, Biome Bioplastic
  6. An introduction to JM Davy - Andrew Waters, Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies Limited
  7. Bioprocess Development - James Winterburn, University of Manchester


IB Catalyst Round 4

Innovate UK, The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) & the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest £34m in major integrated research and development projects through the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst.

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