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Call open for grants to access scale up facilities to springboard your business

IBioIC has launched a new call to provide grants to businesses to help them access any of the two new open-access facilities in industrial biotechnology.

Projects can be between £10k and £120k but last a maximum of 6 months.

Find out more here.

Rapid Bioprocess Prototyping Centre

The Rapid Bioprocess Prototyping Centre (RBPC) located at the University of Strathclyde houses the most advanced technology available to rigorously assess the potential of new cell lines, bio-products or novel approaches to bioprocessing in terms of actual industrial potential in order to address the significant gap in the future development of IB, focusing on bioprocesses stages up to an industrial compatible scale.

A full list of equipment available can be found on the RBPC webpage.

Flexible Downsteam Bioprocessing Centre

The Flexible Downstream Bioprocessing Centre (FlexBio) located at Heriot-Watt University, links to the Rapid Bioprocess Prototyping Centre by taking the most promising bio-processes and proving they work at a scale that allows the move to commercialisation. This Centre fills the current UK-wide gap in the provision of scale-up facilities at this semi-tech scale combined with a highly flexible, integrated approach to total process development on a single site. This facility has flexibility at its core, supporting work in all aspects of industrial bioprocessing – from chemical focused industrial biotechnology through bacterial, algal and mammalian cell culture products to cell therapies to maximise the breadth of industrial applications.

A full list of equipment available can be found on the FlexBio webpage.

Key Dates

Call opens 05 April 2016
Application Assessment Round 1 27 May 2016
Application Assessment Round 2 31 July 2016
Application Assessment Round 3 30 September 2016
Application Assessment Round 4 30 November 2016


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