Move to Bio-based: cross sectoral transitions

Time & Location

Thursday: 11.00 to 12.00, Stage 5

Session Host

Cosmetics Cluster UK (CCUK)

About this Session

The panel will host speakers that are developing innovations in packaging, formulations and new bio-based novel ingredients. It will be a session sharing innovations, case studies and collaborations among each other along with challenges and opportunities.

Session Host:
Kirsty Mawhinney, Director of Cosmetics Cluster UK, Sustainability Pillar Lead

 Session speakers:

Dr Joana Pereira – Business Development Manager

Dr Kyla Orr Scientific Director and co-founder – KelpCrofters Ltd

Dr. Andrew West, Chief Chemist – Bio-Sep Ltd 


Cosmetics Cluster UK:
Kirsty Mawhinney, Director of Cosmetics Cluster UK, Sustainability Pillar Lead

Session Host: Kirsty Mawhinney

Session Host: Kirsty Mawhinney

Director CCUK, Sustainability Pillar Lead

Joana Pereira

Joana Pereira

Business Development Manager - Holiferm

Joana Pereira has a background in bioprocess engineering, with her PhD focusing on bioplastic production from waste at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. With a passion for entrepreneurship, she used her technical expertise to co-found a start-up project, supported by EIT Climate-KIC, on integrated aquaponic production of seafood and microalgae. She sees innovation and state-of-the-art biotechnology as essential tools to tackle the sustainability challenges that we face, so she joined Holiferm as a BDM to help drive change in the chemical industry.

Dr Kyla Orr

Dr Kyla Orr

Scientific Director and co-founder - KelpCrofting Ltd

Dr Kyla Orr is the co-founder and Scientific Director of the KelpCrofters, a seaweed farming company based off the Isle of Skye, Scotland. She has a passion for developing a sustainable blue economy, and has a PhD in Marine Ecology and an Honors degree in marine natural products chemistry. At KelpCrofters she is developing a range of seaweed-based cosmetic ingredients made from regeneratively farmed kelp, that has been processed using low-energy ‘green’ methods. Kelp farming adds to biodiversity, rather than taking away from it, and her focus is to produce natural ingredients that improve the wellbeing of both the planet and people.

Dr. Andrew West

Dr. Andrew West

Chief Chemist, BioSep Ltd

Andy is the Chief Chemist for Bio-Sep, a company pioneering the use of ultrasonic processing to fractionate biomass into platform chemicals. He has worked in sustainable chemistry throughout his career, developing green technologies for a diverse range of sectors including recycling, wastewater treatment, pharmaceuticals, construction materials, energy, and biomass processing. At Bio-Sep, he is leading all aspects of chemistry process development and chemical analysis.