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IBioIC: Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre officially launched

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) consits of 13 academic partners active in the fields of white (industrial), red (health), green (agricultural) and blue (marine) biotechnology.  IBioIC is already supported by more than 25 companies using or exploring opportunities for industrial biotechnology. The ambition is to expand the industry cluster to more than 200 companies of all sizes across the full spectrum of chemical and life science business.

Staff within the IBioIC can help companies understand the benefits and opportunities of industrial biotechnology, overcome barriers, put you in contact with the right people to guide you through the technology, and translate and implement the new technology in your business.

Industry can join the IBioIC as a leading member, core member or associate member. Leading and core members receive many benefits, including access to exemplar project funding (applications are currently being invited with a closing date of 28th February 2014).

Yesterday's launch received some great press coverage from BBC online. Finance Secretary, John Swinney, highlighted thejob creation and economic growth supported by the IBioIC:  “The creation of 1,500 new jobs is a fantastic boost for Scotland’s expanding biotechnology industry. Scotland’s chemical industry is the country’s second top exporter – equating to £3.7 million per year – while Scotland’s life sciences sector is one of the largest and fastest-growing in Europe. The launch of IBioIC is predicted to add £130 million to the Scottish economy and will allow Scotland to be at the forefront of global transformational change from a largely fossil fuel-based to an industrial biotechnology-inclusive economy."

For full details, visit ibioic.com or contact  Roger Kilburn, CEO (roger.kilburn@ibioic.com). 

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