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. Stephen WallaceUKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology - School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh

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: Engineered Microorganisms for Sustainable Chemical Synthesis

Designer microorganisms are transforming the modern chemical industry. Using recombinant DNA technologies, cellular metabolism can be controlled and redirected to assemble small molecules of industrial importance directly from renewable feedstocks (e.g. sugar, CO2, CH4) by fermentation.  This includes the use of industrial ‘waste’ as carbon feedstocks (e.g. lignin, PET) to enable the creation of circular economies. In my talk I will discuss our recent work on the use of engineered microorganisms to produce the platform chemical adipic acid from lignin and other industrial waste streams. I will also showcase how engineered biological systems can be used to synthesise other industrial targets that are currently derived from fossil fuels.

Speaker Bio:

Stephen Wallace is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh. He obtained an MChem in chemistry from the University of Edinburgh and a DPhil in organic chemistry from the University of Oxford. He has held postdoctoral research fellowships at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Harvard, MIT and the University of Cambridge. His research interests span the study and manipulation of microbial chemistry for use in sustainable chemical synthesis. Current projects in his lab include the development of biocompatible chemistry for use in engineered cells, the construction of new biosynthetic pathways, the evolution of new enzymatic function, and the valorisation of waste materials using designer microorganisms.