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Consumer Products through Industrial Biotechnology across the Value Chain

On 5th June 2014, the Knowledge Transfer Network on behalf of the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum are hosting an event on ‘Consumer Products through Industrial Biotechnology across the Value Chain’ at The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS (SAT NAV Post Code: M2 3NQ) between 09:30 and 16:00.

One significant driver for the chemistry-using industries is the increasing consumer demand for ‘natural products’ often at no additional cost. Natural consumer products could include home and personal care, flavours and fragrances, paints and coatings and packaging to name but a few and Industrial Biotechnology is a key enabling technology to meet this demand. 

The objective of this event is not only to showcase existing industrial biotechnology derived consumer products, but to consider alternative, new and unusual scientific developments within this field, and to bring together the community to build and strengthen supply chains, create new networks and to stimulate new ideas accross the value chain.

 At a glance the event will cover:

  • The demand and drivers for natural consumer products
  • Natural consumer products from a 'brand owners' perspective
  • Natural consumer products from a 'producers' perspective
  • Natural consumer products from a 'technology providers' perspective
  • National and European funding opportunities relevant to Industrial Biotechnology and Natural Products (IB Catalyst Fund and Horizon 2020)
  • New national centres which will support UK businesses to accelerate innovation in the production of natural products


The agenda is currently being finalised and will be made available in the coming weeks.However here is a taste of some of the speakers:

Dr Andrew Burgess (Akzo Nobel & IBLF member)

Dr Rainer Ebel (Aberdeen University)

Prof Chris Rayner or Dr Richard Blackburn (Keracol Ltd)

Dr Jason King (Oxford Biotrans)

Dr Pattanathu Rahman (Teegene Biotech Ltd)

Dr Vera Thoss (Bangor University)

Dr Mark Gronow (Biorenewables Development Centre, York)


Dr Colin Miles from BBSRC will talk about the IB Catalyst fund

Dr Claire Claessen from KTN Ltd will talk about IB funding as part of Horizon 20220

Darren Ragheb from KTN Ltd will give an update on progress of the Formulation Centre

TBC but an update on progress of the National Biologics Manufacturing  Centre 

This event is a must for technology providers, producers and brand owners all with a vested interest in natural consumer products.


To register for the event please visit: 


SAT NAV Post Code: M2 3NQ

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The Midland Hotel
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The Midland Hotel

Peter Street

United Kingdom

M60 2DS