The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has funded 13 unique collaborative 'Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy' (BBSRC NIBB) to boost interaction between the academic research base and industry, promoting the translation of research into benefits for the UK.
The networks pool skills from academia and business to develop research projects with the potential to overcome major challenges in the industrial biotechnology and bioenergy arena. They also allow new members to come on board with skills that can benefit the group.
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: "To get ahead in the global race we need to turn our world-beating science and research into world-beating products and services, as set out in our Industrial Strategy.
"These networks will unlock the huge potential of biotechnology and bioenergy, such as finding innovative ways to use leftover food, and creating chemicals from plant cells."
The networks will drive new ideas to harness the potential of biological resources for producing and processing materials, biopharmaceuticals, chemicals and energy. Each has a particular focus, such as: realising the potential of food waste and by-products to produce chemicals and biomaterials; unlocking the industrial biotechnology potential of microalgae; producing high value chemicals from plants; and making use of plant cell walls (lignocellulosic biomass) to produce chemicals and biofuels.
Two of the networks are being funded with support from The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to a value of 1M.
Dr Celia Caulcott, BBSRC Executive Director, Innovation and Skills, said: "These networks bring together a number of internationally competitive, cross-disciplinary communities capable of undertaking innovative research that will attract further investment from the UK and abroad.
"They provide a new opportunity for the res
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