Industrial Biotechnology Process Plant Study: Since the publication of the Government initiated Innovation and Growth Team report on Maximising UK Opportunities from Industrial Biotechnology (2009), stakeholders have been working to realise the commercial benefits of IB, building on the acknowledged strength of the UK research base.
As access to pilot-scale equipment is commonly cited as a barrier to development of IB processes, NNFCC and Inspire Biotech were commissioned by The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK and The Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF) to undertake a joint study to identify whether there was a specific need for investment in IB pilot scale equipment in the UK and to develop the outline case for any investment. More information on the report is available at
Based on an extensive knowledge of the area and direct process development experience, NNFCC and Inspire Biotech were able to comprehensively landscape the availability of accessible pilot scale equipment and engage with stakeholders to understand both academic and business needs. The study found that overall the UK is currently well served with respect to accessible pilot equipment and competence, and is also competitive with other European member states. However, a number of emerging technologies were identified as areas worthy of investment, and further limited investment – focused on specific established sectors – would strengthen UK capability.
NNFCC was established by the UK Government in 2003 as the National Non-Food Crops Centre, it has grown to become a leading UK consultancy focused on the understanding biorenewable markets and technologies. More information is available at http://www.nnfcc.co.uk/