IBioIC hosted – Feature session & panel Q&A

Bioeconomy offers Net Zero solutions for the chemicals supply chain

Time & Location

Wednesday: 14.00 to 15.00, Stage 2


Dr. Russell ClarkeSenior Business Engagement Manager - Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBiolC)

About this Session

IBioIC has one of the biggest biotechnology networks in the UK with over 130 member companies. Many of our members are micro and SME companies who can offer novel solutions solutions to the chemical sector as it looks to meet its future net zero regulatory obligations. This session will showcase some examples of the innovative research which is currently being conducted by IBioIC’s member companies as well as novel sector-wide biobased solutions which are currently being explored.

Speaker Bio:

Presentation: Bioresources as a Sustainable Solution to Manufacture Everyday Items

Overview: Historically, crude oil has been the feedstock used to manufacture nearly everything we use in everyday life from the glasses we’re wearing to the phones we use. The issue is that crude oil is a finite resource and alternative more sustainable options must be found to safeguard the future of the manufacturing sector. This is becoming increasingly important to achieve the net zero targets that have now been set by the Government. Some large multinationals have developed their own sustainability targets ahead of the Government’s, where they won’t use fossil fuel derived products in the near future which will have a big impact on how their supply chain manufactures products. This presentation will explore biobased feedstocks and their potential uses in manufacturing as an alternative to fossil fuel.

Speaker Bio:

Russell graduated with a degree in Pure and Applied Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde in 1988 and a PhD in Organometallic Chemistry from the University of St Andrews in 1993.

Thereafter he spent 5 years in research and development with Fine Organics and then Dow Chemical in the North East of England before moving into a commercial management role with Dow. He joined Thomas Swan in 2004 where he held a number of roles, latterly as Commercial Director for the Contract Manufacturing Business Unit.

Russell joined CalaChem Ltd in Grangemouth in 2012 and spent time in various functions including supply chain, operations and commercial before joining IBioIC in April 2020.

He enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and occasionally watch his home town team, Airdrieonians, play football.