|24 November 2016|


Innovators Magazine has identified Scotland as an important player in the global biotechnology industry in a number of articles and special editions – and with good reason. It offers stakeholders phenomenal research facilities, game-changing companies to work with and an amazing array of natural resources.

Pulling this all together is a culture of collaboration underpinned by an international outlook.

And to ensure the country can supply companies with a regular conveyor belt of professionals with the specialist skills they need to capitalise on Scotland’s many natural advantages, the Glasgow-headquartred Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) is spearheading a set of skills strategies and initiatives to deliver the next generation of industry pioneers.

Those plans were further strengthened this month with the announcement that IBioIC will receive £2.6 million of investment thanks to its successful application to the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) competition.

Ian Archer, Technical Director of the IBioIC said: “The BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) competition was highly competitive and we’re delighted our commitment to accelerating the bioeconomy has been recognised via these awards. We’re proud to be co-investing in training the next generation of skilled people for the research base and wider bioeconomy.”

The money will support 27 students through their bespoke training within the ‘burgeoning bioeconomy – those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea’.

And in line with the current IBioIC PhD programme, the CTP studentships will fund collaborative PhD projects where businesses take the lead in arranging projects with an academic partner.

IBioIC is now calling for applications from industry-led PhD projects in collaboration with a Scottish university or a university of the N8 Research Partnership. SMEs in particular are being encouraged to take part and to align their applications to the major themes of  industrial biotechnology and bioenergy (including sustainable feedstocks, integrated bioprocessing and downstream processing); and world-class underpinning bioscience (synthetic biology, bio-catalysis and biotransformation).

IBioIC Skills Programme Manager, Susanne Boyle – susanne.boyle@ibioic.com – can provide interested parties with more information.