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5 PhD studentships available with University of South Wales

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys. 5 studentships are currently available at the University of South Wales: ...
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Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy Investment Fund

Zero Waste Scotland is investing European Regional Development Funds to help small and medium businesses be resource efficient and create a more circular economy. The programme will deliver its ambitions through four areas of activity: Increasing the scale and provision of services to SMEs in Scotland to become more efficient in their use of resources Stimulating new...
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£10 million Biomedical Catalyst 2016 competition now open

A new funding boost of £57.5 million was announced for the UK’s energy and infrastructure, biomedical and quantum technology sectors by Business Secretary Sajid Javid at the first inter-ministerial group on business engagement. Chaired by the Business Secretary, the meeting brought together ministers from across government to discuss issues and challenges facing businesses in all...
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First full-scale bio plant will use enzymes to convert household waste into valuable products

DONG Energy and Novozymes have just agreed that Novozymes will deliver enzymes for the coming REnescience plant in Northwich in the North West of England. It will be the first full-scale bio plant in the world capable of handling household waste by means of enzymes. Thomas Dalsgaard, Executive Vice President in DONG Energy, said: "It's important to extract as many resources as possible...
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Planting plastic

Article by By Dr Stephen Chapman, Aberystwyth University As a society we are fundamentally ambivalent to plastics. On the one hand the convenience, flexibility and durability of plastics derived from fossil fuel means that they are used for most of the consumer goods we purchase every day, from packaging right up to complex engineering components. The big four oil-based,...
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BIA publishes new report on UK biotech financing

The Bioindustry Association (BIA), working in partnership with Evaluate and the London Stock Exchange (LSE), has published a new report -  Money, momentum and maturity: UK biotech financing and deals in 2015/16  - looking at trends in follow-on funding, venture capital activity, the strength of the R&D pipeline and rate of regulatory approvals. 2015 saw an...
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Job opportunity at the Biorenewables Development Centre - Business Engagement Coordinator

The Biorenewables Development Centre are recruiting for a Business Engagement Coordinator to join their business development team. Further details are available here: http://www.biorenewables.org/2016-bdu-job/   Closing date for applications is 28 June 2016.
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Innovate with InnoCentive Challenges: Enabling creative minds to solve problems

The Royal Society of Chemistry is partnering with InnoCentive to provide you with an opportunity to tackle a variety of scientific and non-technical problems.   The recently launched Open Innovation Pavilion on InnoCentive.com features InnoCentive-customer Challenges that seek innovative solutions.   Do you have a possible solution to one of the Challenges...
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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...
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New £1.7m centre opens at Heriot-Watt boosting Scottish industrial biotech capabilities

25 May 2016 Today, the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) opens the UK’s first large-scale bioprocessing centre, allowing hundreds of UK businesses to scale-up and commercialise their concepts without outsourcing abroad. The new centre, based at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, will focus on research and projects that are ready to scale up and need facilities to...
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New £4.5M funding competition: Connected digital additive manufacturing

Innovate UK is investing up to £4.5 million in collaborative industrial research projects that stimulate innovation in additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. Additive manufacturing can have applications in industrial biotechnology, for example performing  biocatalytic reactions with a printed reactor. The aim of this competition is to help companies overcome barriers to...
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Discovery Awards: Seed funding for diagnostic tools to reduce misuse of antibiotics

The Longitude Prize is a £10M challenge to tackle to rising threat from antibiotic resistance. In order to maximise the number and diversity of entrants to the Longitude Prize, the Longitude Committee has just launched their Discovery Awards  with a call for creative minds everywhere to apply for seed funding and develop their ideas for a transformative diagnostic test. ...
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Registration now open for BioProNET 3rd Annual Scientific Symposium

BioProNET  is a BBSRC Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB) working in the field of bioprocessing and biologics. Registration is now open for their 3rd Annual Scientific Symposium on 19–20 October 2016 at the East Midlands Conference Centre. Sessions include: Designing efficient cell-expression systems Building expression systems into optimised...
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Watch the new CBMNet video

The Crossing Biological Membranes Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy ( CBMNet ) has produced a short video which explains how they work and what they can do to help you. It contains some great examples of academics and industry working together to create impact and develop the UK IB sector. You can watch the video on YouTube by clicking here . 
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Job opportunity: Research and Technology Manager at Croda

A leader in speciality chemicals, Croda is the name behind some of the world’s biggest brands, providing practical, environmentally minded solutions to the problems of everyday life. In 34 countries, their 4,000 employees work to improve a diverse range of markets - from personal and health care, to home care and plastics. They currently have an exciting opportunity for a Research &...
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Jobs: 3 bioeconomy posts at Northumbria University

Full time - Fixed term (3 years) The Department of Applied Sciences at Northumbria University has internationally recognised expertise in genomics, metabolomics and proteomic research. The Department has recently benefitted from significant investment to build its capacity in developing multi-omics and analytical capabilities to support our  Bioeconomy -related research, with the...
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New Recyclable & Bio-based Foam

A team of students from the Center for Sustainable Polymers, Minnesota University, is the grand prize winner in the $10,000 Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA). The award, made possible by a collaboration between the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and the Dow Chemical Company, recognizes and rewards students and universities for...
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Waste-based bioeconomy: From Newspapers to Bioethanol.

Mexican students of the Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM) Coyoacan Campus, in Mexico City created bioethanol using newspaper. To obtain this bioethanol, the process is via the acid digestion of newspaper, for it to later be fermented and finally distilled. The group of students used various types of paper, but eventually discovered that newspaper was the most effective option. ...
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Bio-based Isoprene Production through Cyanobacteria cellular chemical factory.

The development of sustainable chemical feedstock production is important for reduction of CO 2  emissions and replacement of fossil fuels as raw material. Harvesting solar energy via photosynthesis is one of the nature’s remarkable achievements that could also be a solution for the future global economy. For instance first generation of bioethanol production used photosynthetically...
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Discovery of the enzyme capable of mass produce biofuels.

Microalgae are a promising next-generation source of feedstocks for biofuel production with the potential to serve as a practical alternative to petroleum-based transportation fuels. Depending on the microalgal species, the oils produced vary from triacylglycerols to hydrocarbons. Hydrocarbon-based fuels are preferred over other biofuels, as they are highly compatible with existing petroleum...
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CBMNet launches Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy Skills Development Programme

The UK is globally renowned for its excellence in life sciences, chemistry and engineering technical capabilities, and both industry and academia benefit from the capability of graduates from UK universities. However, there is a shortage of graduates with the relevant skills that would allow them to step into an Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy (IBBE) role. ”The aim of the...
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4th Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) call now open

The Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) has opened its 4th Joint Call “Call for Transnational Networks/Working Groups within the Joint Programming Inititative on Antimicrobial Resistance ” , in partnership with 8 European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK), and Canada. The call sets out to assemble...
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Registration now open for CBMNet Early Career Researcher Symposium and Careers Event

The Crossing Biological Membranes Network (CBMNet), a BBSRC NIBBB, is inviting PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and early career industry researchers to their free two-day early career researchers’ symposium and careers event, on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September 2016 where delegates will have the opportunity to present their research. This event...
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Arsenal midfielder Flamini has two passions: football & the bioeconomy

GF Biochemicals,  co-founded by Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini,  produces levulinic acid, a chemical identified by the  US Department of Energy  (DoE) as one of the 12 key molecules that could help unlock a "greener" world. Levulinic acid, which is created from biomass such as grass or woodchips, can be used in plastics, solvents, fuels and the...
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Farmer to Pharma: Commercialisation of Natural Products, 27 April, Cardiff

MediWales is launching the Natural Compounds Special Interest Group (SIG) with an event on 27th April in Cardiff alongside its collaborative partners.  The launch event ‘Farmer to Pharma: Commercialisation of Natural Products’ will explore the development and commercialisation of natural products for health, wellbeing and disease management. Following on from the launch event,...
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