Transforming sectors

Industrial biotech is set to transform sectors such as chemicals, waste, energy, plastics and pharmaceuticals, and in the process could create up to 800,000 UK jobs.


It is widely believed that the UK has a leading position in research in this area, leading it to be included in the Government’s ‘Eight Great Technologies’ for investment in order to give the UK competitive advantage.

At a N8 Industry Innovation Forum (N8 IIF) event held in 2013, academics from the N8 universities and more than 30 industrial scientists and senior biotech business leaders discussed where strategic collaborations between academic and industry researchers can accelerate new ideas and new opportunities in this crucial area.

The day provided an opportunity for delegates to identify new approaches to harnessing the potential power of biological systems to meet challenges such as cellular productivity and the complexity of the biological processes involved, as well as manufacturing design issues.


Identify new approaches

Delegates discussed questions such as:

  • How do we select the most promising technologies in Industrial Biotechnology?
  • What are the future skills requirements?
  • How do we create opportunities for, and better integration across the entire supply chain?
  • How do we design industrial biotechnology processes so that they are predictable, effective and cost-efficient?

From this event, a number of key collaborative projects have been developed, that will address issues such as robust predictive modelling of biotechnology processes and the question of how the various technology, product and business needs can be integrated into a cohesive and sustainable industry for the UK.

N8 are keen to continue to build collaborations with companies active in Industrial Biotechnology, through the N8 Bioeconomy programme.

For more information and feedback from the Biotechnology Innovation Forum, click here.

For more information about the Industry Innovation Forum overall, click here.