Landscape Review of Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE)

We are contacting you to ask if you would be able to help contribute to an ongoing Landscape Review of Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE) in the UK.

A consortium of the NIBBs (Biocatnet, CBMNet, C1Net, and P2P) have commissioned RSM, an economic research consultancy, to undertake this study. As part of this research, we would appreciate if you could spare ten minutes of your time to fill in the survey link below:

Your response will be strictly anonymised, and feedback will be utilised solely for research purposes.

We hope that this is something you can support, and please also feel free to share this with any of your colleagues who might be interested in participating. Should you have any queries regarding the research, please also feel free to get in touch with Project Manager Jonathan Hobson ( or Sam Donaldson (

The Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre, Sheffield 2nd International Conference 22-23 May 2017, Royal Victoria Hotel, Sheffield

Following the success of its first international conference in 2015, the ABC would like to invite you to its 2nd International Advanced Biomanufacturing Conference in Sheffield. Following the overall themes of Cell Engineering and Bioprocess Engineering the conference will attract experts from around the world as well as featuring early career researchers.
Academic, research & industrial contributions are welcomed from all areas of biomanufacturing and abstract submissions of no more than 400 words should be sent via the website before the deadline of 31st January 2017.
Presentation topics (for oral, poster and flash) may include: manufacturing platforms; biopharmaceutical;, bioprocess management; upstream and downstream bioprocessing; technology benchmarks and bio-computing.
Technical papers presenting results as well as position papers challenging pros and cons of particular systems or processes may be presented.

To be part of this conference please contact: +44 (0)114 222 9605

Early bird rates until 10th February 2017 – £165/£100, Standard rates after 10th February

Bioeconomy strategy – BEIS call for evidence (closes 29 January 2017)

BEIS call for evidence to inform the development of the Government’s bioeconomy strategy
The bioeconomy is distributed around the UK, includes ‘life sciences’ and healthcare and is a large and growing sector:
• In 2014 the whole bioeconomy generated approximately £220Bn in Gross Value Added (GVA) and supported 5.2 million jobs.
• The bioeconomy is projected to grow by 13% over the years ahead.

BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2017

Nominations are now open for the BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2017 competition – this year there are four award categories including two new categories of Early Career Impact and International Impact. The deadline for applications is 15 February 2017 4pm.
For further information visit

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund workshops (16-26 January 2017)

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) workshops are being organised by the KTN, we would encourage Network members to engage with these and more broadly with the ISCF and the emerging Industrial Strategy.

The industrial strategy challenge fund is a key part of the Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund. It is part of an investment which will be £2bn pa by 2020 and spending of the fund starts next financial year. Workshops are an opportunity to make the case for investment in bioscience by raising awareness of the industrial challenges which bioscience research can help solve and demonstrate that UK bioscience research is well placed to solve these challenges.

The workshops are:
16th January – Southampton
17th January – Glasgow
18th January – London
20th January – Leeds
26th January – Birmingham
24th January – Liverpool
25th January – Cardiff
26th January – Belfast

UK-India Newton Fund Scoping Workshop: Biological solutions to reducing industrial waste, environmental inefficiency and pollution in India

Expressions of interest are being sought to attend a scoping meeting for a UK – India Newton Fund call in innovative biological solutions for managing industrial waste. Registration closes on 30 January 2017. Open to UK businesses, academics and other eligible organisations as per Innovate UK’s standard eligibility criteria. Further information and application form can be found here:

Job opportunity at Isomerase Therapeutics

Isomerase Therapeutics is a drug discovery and development company based in Cambridge, UK, with particular expertise in the discovery and development of optimised microbial and fungal natural products.

As a key member of the scientific team in a thriving biotech company, you will play an important role in developing the next generation of natural product-based therapeutics. Your duties will include carrying out synthetic biology techniques, small scale bacterial/fungal fermentations and analysis of secondary metabolite production.

You should possess a relevant science degree, preferably a PhD and have worked in a laboratory environment. Practical experience of standard molecular/synthetic biology techniques is essential. Previous experience with biosynthetic engineering, fermentation optimisation and culturing of fungus and/or actinomycetes would be advantageous. The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and reporting skills, be comfortable working as part of a team and should be keen to develop new techniques and methodologies.

We offer a competitive salary and a highly stimulating working environment. If you are interested in working to shape the future of a young and dynamic company and believe you have the skills and enthusiasm required then please forward a CV with a cover letter to Entitlement to work in the UK is essential. No recruitment agencies, please. Closing date 9th December 2016.

4 Year PhD positions at JIC

4 year PhD position available in the Osbourn lab at the John Innes Centre – start date Oct 2017: Directing biosynthesis of bioactive triterpenes for pharmaceutical applications
For more information please

4 year PhD position available in the Wilkinson lab at the John Innes Centre – start date Oct 2017: Targeting bacteria virulence

4 year PhD position available in the Wilkinson lab at the John Innes Centre – start date Oct 2017: Ant Pharming: genome mining for new antibiotics