Industrial Biotechnology in support of the UK bioeconomy workshop

//Industrial Biotechnology in support of the UK bioeconomy workshop

Industrial Biotechnology in support of the UK bioeconomy workshop

28 APRIL 2016, AT BIOVALE, UNIVERSITY OF YORK, 10.00am to 5.00pm

Location: The Lakehouse in the Ron Cooke Hub on the Heslington East Campus (For directions, click here)

The Workshop is organised with the participation of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and is supported by the Knowledge Transfer Network, Biovale, CPI, and IbioIC, and is organised by the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association.

The Workshop is free and is open to all interested stakeholders working on industrial biotechnology.

The objective of the Workshop is to feed into the UK bioeconomy strategy and specifically into work that has been taking place over recent months to identify and gather specific evidence on the potential of and barriers to the development of a UK bioeconomy. The Workshop is complementary to the work undertaken in the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF) and wants to highlight what the sector can contribute towards creating the Northern Powerhouse.

Aims of the Workshop include:

  1. showcasing innovative projects and products on the market or being prepared for market
  2. helping investors understand the landscape of industrial bioeconomy and opportunities.
  3. understanding from stakeholders the policies required to boost industrial bioeconomy in the UK
  4. defining specific policy targets
  5. creating a networking opportunity between stakeholders

Target audiences include policy makers, investors, industries, start-ups and research institutes.


This is a preliminary programme, the final programme will be published by 31 March 2016.

09,30-10.00 Welcome coffee , tea and registration

10.00-10.30 Welcome (Biovale); introducing the aims of the day (BBIA);

10.30-11.00 Understanding current policy landscape and initiatives (BIS, KTN, IBLF, Scottish Enterprise).

11.00-11.30 Introducing the research commissioned by the sponsors

Coffee Break

11.45-13.00 Showcasing projects* and products in UK industrial biotechnologies (each speaker will have 10 minutes to present plus a few minutes for questions ) underscoring what Government can do to help and what obstacles need eliminating to promote industrial development.

Lunch break

14.00-14.30 Feedstocks for emerging biorefineries : Dan Noakes CPI

14.30-15.00 Investor perspectives- (John Williams S’Investec and Ben Pearcy Biovale)

15.00-16.00 Looking abroad- examples of pro-bioeconomy policies from Europe and USA (Germany, France, Italy, Flanders ) and USA

16.00-17.00 Discussion and conclusions: what policy asks for the UK to boost industrial bioeconomy ?

To confirm your participation register on the event’s EventBrite page.

The room is limited to 100 places and confirmation will be given on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information please email

A full programme is available to download here.



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