Published on 19 March 2018
About this good practice
Scotland has a considerable number of companies and research centres which have created viable products, processes, or sustainable feedstocks that are commercialised solutions for high-value manufacturing. This Good Practice brings all together, delivering a more natural collaboration between industrial and academic partners. This centre is focused on projects that generate solutions for the manufacturing of the high-value products: developing shorter industrial cycles through industrial biotechnology, making the companies competitive. The Industrial biotechnology fosters the efficient performance of the resources like water, energy, raw material, and waste. It also emphasises on bioprocessing, applying process-ready organisms to add value to sustainable feedstocks. To support this research, there will be an intellectual input of 13 Higher Education Institutions. Consequently, this centre provides funding and opportunities for academic institutions that want to develop an Industrial biotechnology project from a low to high technology level.
Funded by the Scottish Funding Council and supported by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise, IBioIC will be hosted at Strathclyde University. It is a key element of the National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology “Towards a Greener, Cleaner 2025”.
Evidence of success
Transcends the targets set by Scotland’s National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology by increasing the expected turnover of industrial biotechnology linked to products from £190 million today to £3billion by 2030. The centre represents a key sector of Scotland’s economy, since it plans to create over 1,500 new jobs in the expanding biotechnology industry. The chemical industry is the country’s second top exporter and one of the largest and fastest growing in in Europe.
Potential for learning or transfer
This Good Practice is quite relevant because it facilitates the transfer of innovation and research from the academia to the industry. This type of innovation centres is key to provide funding and advisory to facilitate the exchange of expertise. This Good Practice is funded by the Scottish Funding Council with the support of the Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and included in the Innovation Centre Programme. Since the launch of the programme, £120m (2013-2018) have been distributed to 8 Innovation Centres linked to different important sectors. The main aim of these centres across Scotland is to encourage large and small industries to accelerate their speed of innovation and economic growth.