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18 May 2021 1:00pm–3:45pm Register here

Industrial Biotechnologies in the Process Industry Cluster

NEPIC, BioVale and the National Horizons Centre (NHC) at Teesside University are excited to be working together to highlight the opportunities within Industrial Biotechnology to organisations within the Chemical Process Industry.

The North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to support and grow the process sector within this region. BioVale and the NHC are part of the THYME project; A collaboration between the Universities of Teesside, Hull and York to boost the bioeconomy across Yorkshire, the Humber region and the Tees Valley.

Industrial biotechnology is the use of biological processes to produce materials, chemicals and energy. It provides a significant opportunity for UK industry to deliver environmental, social and economic benefits. The potential size of the UK industrial biotechnology market ranges from £4bn to £12bn by 2025.

This event is designed to build a community of organisations within the process sector who are interested in developing opportunities to engage in industrial biotech.

  • understand the potential which industrial biotechnology may offer to a business
  • find out more about the benefits and opportunities of industrial biotechnology
  • discover case studies to demonstrate how companies have used Industrial biotechnology to improve their service offering
  • understand the funding landscape and support available

All companies are welcomed who wish to find out more.




13:00 Welcome and Introductions

Philip Aldridge, NEPIC

Elspeth Bartlet, BioVale

Claire Adams, Teesside University, THYME


13:15 Industrial Biotech in the North East process industry


13:40 Deep Branch’s experience of Industrial Biotech

Peter Rowe, Deep Branch


14:05 Bringing Biosurfactants to market

Ben Dolman, Holiferm


14:30 Building a Biotech Cluster in the Tees Valley

Chris Holt, NEPIC


14:40 Open discussions and questions


15:00 Industrial Biotech summary and review

Philip Aldridge, NEPIC


15:05 Breakout rooms & networking

Session 1 –Collaboration opportunities for Industrial Biotech

(lead by THYME)

Session 2 – R&D support and facilities to support Industrial Biotech activities

(lead by the NHC)

Session 3 – Industrial Biotech support within the North East and funding opportunities (lead by NEPIC)


15:45 Event close

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18 May 2021