Chemistry and Industrial Biotechnology: Enabling growth in key UK supply chains 

20th-21st September 2017, Spring Lane Building, University of York

This two day conference and exhibition hosted by the Knowledge Transfer Network was a major event to bring together industry, researchers, investors and government agencies to showcase how the UK chemistry and industrial biotechnology sectors are helping to enable growth in key UK supply chains through innovation.


Gain innovation insights
Hear from some of the UK’s leading innovators, experts and thought leaders from across industry, research and government. Our high profile selection of speakers will showcase cutting-edge innovation across key supply chains and through different sectors.
Expand your knowledge
Conference sessions will include:
  • medicines
  • functional materials
  • personal care
  • healthy ageing
  • low carbon fuels
  • innovation in batteries 
  • engineering biology
  • advanced manufacturing 
Look towards the future
Join our panel discussion on opportunities for innovation in post-Brexit Britain on day 1. The BBSRC & EPSRC session on day 2 will bring together eminent researchers and industry experts to discuss how chemistry and IB can join up to give the UK a global competitive advantage.
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From senior representatives of government, major investors, top industry players and senior scientists to start-up companies and brilliant early career researchers, the showcase will connect people who would not normally meet.
The exhibition is at the heart of the showcase, providing the perfect opportunity to network with all of the conference attendees and view the latest technologies from companies at the cutting-edge of chemistry and industrial biotechnology. 
Pitch Event
The pitch event will provide a forum for entrepreneurs and investors to gain valuable insights and form new business relationships in sustainable technologies that can help move us towards a circular bio-economy.
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BioVale Breakfast
BioVale are hosting a meeting on Value from Unavoidable Food Waste where you can learn about the latest technologies, discover sources of funding and make new connections over breakfast.
BDC Tours
The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) is offering free tours of their scale-up facilities. Meet the team, learn about recent projects and hear how they have helped their partners. 
Social Programme
Enjoy our Drinks Reception (sponsored by Biocatalysts) and Conference Dinner (sponsored by the University of York) with Entertainment at the award winning National Railway Museum.
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