The IBLF is a dedicated team to drive and support uptake of industrial biotechnology (IB) in the UK manufacture of chemicals and materials.

£12bn potential UK market for IB in chemicals manufacture by 2025.

Many commercialised UK manufactured IB products and processes already, including >300 biocatalytic processes; >400 fermentations; >1000 bio-based products.

UK Research Councils and Innovate UK has recently committed significant investment in facilities and R&D projects for IB: 13 Networks focussing on IB and Bioenergy; £45m IB Catalyst Fund for R&D and innovation projects in 2014.


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Technology inspired innovation competition now open for registrations

Innovate UK is to invest up to £3 million in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four technology areas.  The aim of this competition is to ensure that small and micro businesses in the UK are well positioned to respond to market opportunities across a range of...

£34m funding available from Industrial Biotechnology 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. Round 4 of the...

KTN's new Industrial Biotechnology newsletter

Industrial Biotechnology (IB) is an area of rapid advances, as described in the recent  Journey of IB rep ort, so here at KTN we are trialling a new monthly IB newsletter as a means to provide you with regular and timely updates on news, events and funding competitions. ...

Upcoming events

Mon 01 Jun 2015

European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) 2015

All Day

The European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) is Europe's largest international...

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Tue 02 Jun 2015

Early-career workshop: building a bio-based economy for Europe

09:30 until 18:00

Building a Biobased Economy for Europe (BBEE) early-career workshop University of York, 2 June...

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Wed 03 Jun 2015

11th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries

All Day

The 11th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take...

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Communicating the Bioeconomy

Communicating the bioeconomy' – a series of infographics prepared by the three UK Bioscience Leadership Councils (IBLF, ATLC, SBLC). Further information on these infographics is available on request via

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IBLF Newsletter - March '15

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