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Newly discovered bacteria may enable photosynthetic biofuel production

A bacterium found in the Gobi desert, Gemmatimonadetes , can springboard the research in biofuels. The studies to Gemmantiminadetes phylum revealed that belong to photosynthetic bacteras. So, this funding expanded the number of bacteria performing photosynthesis hitherto known.  The main advantage of this new phylum is that the genes responsible for photosynthesis are clustered...
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Plant-based enzyme for EU chemical and pharmaceutical Industry

KYROBIO is an EU-funded project that has pioneered a new enzyme that can benefit many different industrial sectors. The main focus of KYROBIO project was to enable the industrial application of the lyase class of enzymes. It used a supradisciplinary approach, ranging from enzyme development, chemistry, molecular biology, fermentation and innovation isolation techniques, in order to...
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US biotech company, Calysta Inc. to open its first R&D and market introduction facility in the UK

Located at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), Teesside, Calysta will develop the production process for FeedKind™ protein, a new fish feed ingredient to reduce the aquaculture industry’s use of fishmeal. FeedKind™ protein - a natural, safe, non-GMO sustainable fish feed ingredient is approved for sale in the European Union. Calysta, Inc. ( www.calysta.com ) based in California,...
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Are you interested in commercialising your food waste valorisation ideas?

Pathways to commercialisation, Manchester Conference Centre, 1-2 March 2016 This free-of-charge meeting is aimed at academic and industry-based FoodWasteNet * members with an interest in commercialising food waste valorisation ideas. Invited speakers from academia and industry will focus on three main themes: Basic tools for commercialisation (funding &...
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Registration now open for synbio scale-up and automation & robotics workshops, 24-25 Feb, Manchester

Registration is now open for two KTN, Innovate UK and Dstl organised workshops, being held at the Manchester Institue of Biotechnology on consecutive days.  Synthetic biology for more effective scale-up  - 24 Feb 2016, Manchester Automation and robotics for synthetic biology - 25 Feb 2016, Manchester You are welcome...
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Online distance learning for biotechnology industries

BBSRC and Abertystwyth University have jointly funded an online distance learning advanced training partnership in IB . E quip yourself with the skills and knowledge to be part of the new bio-ecconomy! The time is ripe to develop low carbon alternatives to petroleum-based products both in terms of what society wants and what economics demand. This makes it’s an exciting time to be part...
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Strain Development Scientist, CHAIN Biotechnology

CHAIN Biotechnology is a young and dynamic industrial biotech start-up company developing non-conventional microbial hosts for the production of high value chemicals using fermentation. CHAIN Biotechnology is currently looking for a highly motivated strain development scientist for the metabolic engineering of methanotrophic bacteria. The position is based at lab facilities in the ...
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PDRA positions available on IB Catalyst grant at Universities of Sheffield and York

CBMNet is pleased to announce several PDRA positions associated with a recent IB Catalyst award. Summaries of the four vacancies can be found on the CBMNet website , or the full job adverts can be accessed directly from the links below: PDRA: Developing improved bacterial biocatalysts for sustainable chemical production. Starting 01/04/16, five years. Based at The...
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An opportunity for IB using companies to contribute to UK Digital Strategy

Ed Vaizey, Digital Economy Minister is requesting input from a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing is seeking thoughts on the challenges and needs for a national digital strategy. The use of digital is becoming increasingly important in both our every day lives as well as our industries and assistance is sought through consultation on ideas of where digital can be applied and the...
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Energy Game Changer Funding Competition Brokerage Event Coming up in February

InnovateUK, in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network will be hosting two brokerage events in February to promote their new competition, Energy Game Changer. The events will be an opportunity to find out more about the competition and to connect with potential collaborators across the supply chain.   What is the opportunity? The energy sector is one of...
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Innovation & Regulation: opportunity to give your views to Defra

I would like to draw your attention to  Defra’s online dialogue on Regulation & Innovation .  Defra seeks input from  businesses and business networks which are regulated by Defra and its agencies*, to find out how Defra could do more to help create the right regulatory environment for innovation to flourish. The results of this exercise will inform Defra’s...
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CHAIN Secures Seed Funding and Appoints New Board Members

Read the full story here .
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New Competition open to SMEs: 6K support package for sustainability

edie.Live launched an Innovation Competition for SMEs (up to 250 employees and turnover not exceding   € 50m) that have developed a new or emerging technology, system, process or business model for sustainability. They must Have reached prototype and/or testign/trialling stages Not yet be commercially available Be focused on improving sustainability performance...
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National Formulation Centre - Project Activation and Partner Workshops, 26 Jan, Liverpool

WHEN Tuesday, 26 January 2016 from 09:30 to 16:00 WHERE Foresight Centre - University of Liverpool - 1 Brownlow Hill. (off Pembroke Place). Liverpool L69 3GL GB - View Map THEME Predictive Design : Interaction of small molecules at interfaces The primary aims for this workshop are: To identify and activate industry-led, capability-build projects to be delivered...
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Horizon 2020 calls for IB or biorefinery projects

The industrial Biotechnology team at KTN has compiled a list of Horizon 2020 calls currently open, or forthcoming. You can download the list here
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Interested in participating in a SPIRE project- Repsol is looking for end user partners for a project on plant-wide monitoring and control of data int

SPIRE is a public private partnership working to develop sustainable technologies in the process industries. A consortium is currently being put together for the SPIRE-02-2016 topic: Plant wide monitoring and control of data intensive processes which closes on 21st January. Repsol the project lead is looking for potential partners working in the industrial/end user and an expert in ergonomic...
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Sheffield-based research network secures major new industrial biotechnology funding

The chemicals industry is a vital component of the world economy that is faced by the need to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to provide the resources required for a growing global population.  One approach to a more sustainable chemicals industry is the use of microbial cell factories to produce key chemicals from sustainable feedstocks. However, a major barrier to...
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Biocatalysts for industrial chiral chemicals - KRYOBIO newsletter

The EU project KYROBIO - Developing biocatalysts for industrial chiral chemicals - has published its latest newsletter , featuring: Key findings Updates from the University of Stuttgart,  Johnson Matthey, and University of Manchester A report from the Austrain Chemistry Days A report from the KYRBIO final consortium meeting KYROBIO is a...
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New catalyst to make eco-fiendly bio-based plastics possible

The plastics industry relies heavily on isobutene, a chemical made by superheating crude oil. A newly invented catalyst enables the eco-friendly production of isobutene from biobased ethanol. Read the full article here .
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IB for Biocomposites: call for abstracts closes 29 Jan 2016

  BACKGROUND The starting materials for a biocomposite, namely the resin and fibre, must first be extracted from biological sources.  This may be done using traditional agricultural methods or in a modern biorefinery.  Whilst plants form the bulk of the raw materials used to produce biobased substances there are animal and microbial sources which can be exploited....
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Allowing EU member states to opt-out of growing GM crops may remove barriers for those that want to opt-in

Moves to allow EU member states to opt out of growing GM crops could finally pave the way for the technology to be deployed in England, according to a member of Defra’s GM team. Read more in FG Insight .
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Are you seeking a partner for £16M China-UK Newton Fund ? Register now for webinar 14 Jan

Innovate UK, the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Ministry of Science and  Technology (MoST) for the People's Republic of China are to invest up to £16 million in the  China–UK research and innovation bridges competition . This will fund projects which propose new commercial solutions to critical challenges impacting the socio-economic growth and development of China in...
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H2020 Big Data topics brokerage, London, 08 Dec 2015

'Big Data' is relevant to many industrial sectors, and appears in multiple H2020 work programmes. This event, organised by the KTN and the H2020 national contact point for ICT, highlights upcoming H2020 Big Data calls for 2016.  The work programme for ICT 2016/17 can be found  HERE  and contains (amongst others) topics on: Cross-sectorial and cross-lingual...
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CMBNet announces new series of funding streams

The Crossing Biological Membranes Network (CMBNet), a BBSRC NIBB, has recently announced a new series of funding streams.  To qualify for any CBMNet funding your application m ust: (i) be within the BBSRC definition of Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy; and (ii) m ust be directly membrane related. INDUSTRIAL-ACADEMIC EXCHANGE GRANTS Details:  To support...
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Market Study on Bio-based building blocks and polymers in the world

Two years after the first market study in bio-based polymers, German’s Nova Institute release the third edition including market study’s range and bio-based building blocks as precursors of bio-based polymers. The report shows that although the lower prices of oils the demand for bio-polymers increases. Highlights: Production capacity will triple from 5.7 million tones in...
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