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Editor’s Preview: ‘Realising the Opportunity’ – the IBioIC’s 2nd annual conference.

22.1.15_IBIOC_SMALL-255The end of this month will again see Scotlands burgeoning bio-economy under the spotlight with the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) opening its doors on its second Annual Conference in Glasgow on the 28th and 29th of January. Once again it is set to showcase and exemplify IBioICs current and future activities; outline the Industrial Biotechnology (IB) landscape and opportunities in Scotland whilst linking communities to forge future collaborations between industry and academia. Bio-Based World News is proud to be a partner of the event with is aiming to attract around 300 bio-based professionals from across the UK and Europe, IBioIC is keen to place an emphasis on the trajectory of IB in Scotland.

Bio-Based World News recently spoke to Roger Kilburn (@RogerKilburn1)the CEO at IBioIC in our Headline feature – Crafting the connections to fuel Scotland’s biotech ambitions and asked how the IBioIC helps companies get on the road to profitability; We aim to further bridge that gap between universities and business and support the companies that have already launched. And this works in a few ways with a core team expert in all areas of IB, we offer access to support and advise, we share best practice and knowledge between companies across the industry who are at various stages of development and we provide the necessary skills for growth. But we also take industry into academia linking both communities to share their problems, challenges and opportunities with universities who can work towards solving them. Giving a clear focus is important and works well for both business and education.

Having hosted The Journeys Started, the Centres first Annual Conference in early 2015, IBioIC (@IBioIC)sought to generate excitement about its intention to capitalise on the unprecedented demand from industry and show that the Centre is working to offer its stakeholders the facilities and academic expertise required to move forward in the commercialisation of IB.

Realising the Opportunity sets the theme for 2016 and will demonstrate the scale and breadth of activity of the sector one year on. Delegates can expect to find six sessions spread across two days featuring a global view of the industrial biotechnology sphere and the benefits of IBioICs industrial membership. An important highlight will be the Scottish skills strategy featuring the newly graduated class of 2015 relating their experiences and learnings from the UKs first collaborative MSc in Industrial Biotechnology. Technical learnings will focus on challenges in the areas of synthetic biology, bio-transformations, and integrated bioprocessing.

IBioIC_Logo-for-webThe Conference will be a chance to reflect on the progress made in achieving the National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology so far as well as looking to the future of industrial biotechnology which includes discussing the range of open access facilities available across the UK, as well as the range of innovation funding options and the role of supporting agencies in leveraging the IB sector to success. IBioIC will also look to our global counterparts as examples which have successfully commercialised industrial biotechnology.

With over fifty speakers spanning the two days, this is set to be IBioICs biggest event yet and hopes to clearly demonstrate that Scotland and the UK, is evolving in its industrial leadership, academic excellence and industrial as well as international competitiveness.

The full programme can be found here and registration is open: http://bit.ly/1Lq9gl1

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