Feature Presentation:

Industrial Biotechnology opportunities to meet the chemical supply chain demands as part of the drive to Netzero by 2050 (part of ‘Transitioning to Bio-based Chemicals’ session - Hosted by BioVale)

Speaker

Dr Catherine MortKnowledge Transfer Manager - Industrial Biotechnololgy - Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Time & Location

Wednesday: 10.00 to 11.00, Stage 1

About this presentation

Biotechnology has the potential to carry out transformations which would not be feasible, technically or economically, using traditional chemistry. They hold the potential to make entirely new materials or to develop processes which run at low or ambient temperatures, thus reducing energy consumption. Consequently, they can have a major impact in the UK’s move to Net Zero emissions.

The KTN has conducted a scoping exercise around biomass utilisation in the UK to produce high value chemicals. The aim of the study was to understand the Industrial Biotechnology and Engineering Biology opportunities required to meet chemical supply chains demands as part of the transition to a Net Zero economy by 2050.

The presentation will focus on the results obtained from the scoping study; current activities, gaps in knowledge, capabilities and Industrial biotechnology opportunities in the UK.

Part of the ‘Transitioning to Bio-based Chemicals’ session (10.00 – 11.00am, Wed 15 Sept, Stage 1)

Featured Themes & Speakers:

Why go bio-based?
Speaker: Dr Mark Gronnow, Process Development Unit Manager, Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC)

Industrial Biotechnology opportunities to meet the chemical supply chain demands as part of the drive to Netzero by 2050
Speaker: Dr Catherine Mort, Knowledge Transfer Manager – Industrial Biotechnololgy, KTN

Introducing CyreneTM at scale – the sustainable, safe, bio-based solvent that outperforms NMP and other SVHC solvents
Speaker: Dr Sarah Hickingbottom, General Manager new product development, Circa Group

‘Bio-based and sustainability trends in the cosmetics sector’
Speaker: Kirsty Mawhinney, Director Cosmetics Cluster UK

Q&A round-up discussion to close this session

Session Host
Caroline Wilcock – BioVale Cluster Stakeholder Engagement Manager – Biorenewables Development Centre (York)

Speaker Bio:

Catherine started her career at Swansea University where she gained a PhD in green chemistry. She then went onto specialise in Industrial Biotechnology working at CPI in various roles to include running the national industrial biotechnology (NIBF) centre, a part of the HV catapult of manufacturing. During this time Catherine specialised in the tech transfer and scale up of various IB technologies and project managed large EU projects.

In 2018 Catherine joined the KTN as a Knowledge Transfer Manager in Industrial Biotechnology where she specialises in scale up and working with spinout companies and tech transfer offices within the IB space. Catherine’s current focus is identifying the IB opportunities required to meet chemical supply chain demands as part of the drive to Netzero by 2050 with particular emphasis on biomass utilisation.