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This is a hugely exciting industry that’s growing all the time. Its sheer and scope provides fantastic career opportunities, and many organisations offer support and guidance to those teaching Chemistry at all levels. You can find out more about resources, studying or careers in the chemicals sector.Find out more
AskBio, the world’s foremost clinical stage and gene therapy platform company, has acquired Synpromics, the leader in gene control synthetic promoter technology, bioinformatics and intelligent data-driven design that enables more precise cell targeting and gene expression. Synpromics will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary and remain headquartered in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.Read more
S’wheat are on a Mission to Reduce Plastic Pollution One S’wheat Bottle at a Time.
To date the biggest polluter of our oceans is plastic bottles, no matter where you are in the world the damage that plastics have on the environment can always be seen. 16 million plastic bottles end up in landfill every day in the UK alone.Read more
The Scottish Industrial Biotechnology Development Group (SIBDG) seeks a new Chair to further drive progress with the refreshed National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology, which was launched at the IBioIC Annual Conference in January 2019.Read more
3F BIO, along with a consortium of 9 other partners, announce the launch of a project (known as ‘PLENITUDE’) to build a first-of-its-kind, large-scale, integrated biorefinery facility to produce proteins for food from low-cost sustainable feedstocks.
This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 838104.
The flagship project is developed with lead industrial partner Alcogroup SA and will be based in the city of Ghent, in Belgium. The plant is co-funded by 3F BIO and the European Commission under the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), who are investing €17m.
Jim Laird, CEO 3F BIO, commented: “3F BIO are delighted that the consortium has been awarded this grant. The problem of feeding a rapidly growing population and the continued demand for protein presents a high-level strategic issue. This project addresses this challenge by combining the benefits of biotechnology and the use of natural processes to support the efficient manufacturing of sustainable protein.”
The European Parliament has previously highlighted that “The EU is currently suffering from a major deficit in protein production and is dependent on imports from third countries.” These factors create an urgent need for technology breakthroughs to increase local protein production[i].
PLENITUDE brings together 10 key players in the bioeconomy spanning 5 EU member states and representing every link in the value chain. This includes expertise in primary processing and industrial operations (Alcogroup SA), biotechnology (3F BIO Limited), product development and applications (International Flavors & Fragrances I.F.F. B.V), primary research and protein expertise (Wageningen University) a specialist consultants covering marketing and sustainability (Bridge 2 Food, Life Cycle Engineering Srl), and three end-users covering food categories (Mosa Meat, Vivera, ABP) as well as one end-user covering bio-plastics (Lactips).
The project addresses the protein challenge by integrating two established processes into a flagship, large-scale, first-of-its-kind, biorefinery producing bioethanol and sustainable food protein. The process takes a proportion of the sustainable cereal crops that feed the biorefinery to create a feedstock for the fermentation process that produces ABUNDA® mycoprotein 
The global consumption of “meat” protein currently totals around 500 million tonnes per year, with less than 1% derived from non-animal sources. Experts including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) predict that the demand for non-animal proteins may increase to account for 10-20% of the growing total demand, which would create a need for 100-200 million tonnes of plant protein by 2050.
With initial output capacity of 16k tonnes per annum, this flagship project will increase the availability of sustainable, high-quality food protein. The collaboration between the biorefinery operator, food producers and technology providers will create new cross-sector interconnections, new bio-based value chains, and new bio-based ‘consumer’ products.
The project includes a full assessment of the environmental, economic, health and social impacts of the developed products or processes, using LCA/LCC/S-LCA methodologies based on available standards to validate the sustainability and food safety of the products and value chain. Based on a target to produce 1 million tonnes of protein by 2030, it is estimated that this could equate to a reduction of >5 million tonnes of carbon emissions.Read more
Learn how the everyday waste thrown into your bin can be utilised to manufacture beer, bioplastics and more!
The Biorefinery Roadmap for Scotland – Building a Sustainable Futurewas launched by Roger Kilburn, CEO of IBioIC at BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in front of over 900 global business leaders, academics and policy makers in America this week (8th– 11thJuly).
The Roadmap details the strategic ambitions and milestones set out by the Biorefining Working Group, a sub group of the Scottish Industrial Biotechnology Development Group, and demonstrates Scotland’s global competitiveness in biorefining to attract inward investment. The strategic document highlights that there are over 27 million tonnes of bioresources produced in Scotland every year with the potential to be utilised to produce a wide range of high value products.
Six key feedstocks of focus for Scotland have been identified by the Biorefining Working Group, these include:
Utilising these key feedstocks as well as others, the Roadmap demonstrates the opportunities manufacturers have to decrease their greenhouse gas emissions and increase the sustainability by using biological resources instead of petroleum-based methods.
To read the full publication, click hereRead more
A new centre for advanced measurement research and health translation is to open in Glasgow to support innovation in the medicine, food and drink, and high-value manufacturing sectors.
The centre is being created as part of an ambitious, long-term collaboration between the University of Strathclyde and LGC, the UK’s world-leading institute for chemical and bio-measurement, focused on Scotland’s health and life sciences innovation ecosystem.
To read the full press release click hereRead more
Students and staff in the School of Chemistry are marking having saved one million pairs of disposable gloves from landfill.
The School has recycled about 85 per cent of all its used laboratory gloves – amounting to 15 tonnes – since introducing a pioneering recycling scheme in late 2014.
Disposed gloves are processed to make raw materials used for furniture, floor tiles and sports pitches.Read more
In news that was music to every Scottish biotech company’s ears, earlier this month the Scottish Government set a legally binding target to end our country’s contribution to global warming by 2045, by achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
This is exactly what our government needs to do to boost the bio-economy.Read more
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