"Evolution of the Chemicals Industry" Part 1 of 2-day mini-confernces programme - Hosted Innovate UK and BBSRC.

Time & Location

Wednesday 13.00 to 14.30, Stage 4


Jen VanderhovenFREY Consulting

About this Session

The session explores how the chemical sector can move away from virgin fossil carbon as feedstock, addressing which are the alternative feedstocks and how can we use them. You will hear short presentations from our speakers, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Session Chairs

  • Dana Heldt, Knowledge Transfer Manager for Synthetic Biology, Innovate UK Business Connect
  • Sarah Hickingbottom


  • Reducing the reliance of the chemicals industry on fossil feedstocks
    Adrian Higson, Managing Director, Lead Consultant Biobased Products, NNFCC The Bioeconomy Consultants
  • Jen Vanderhoven, FREY Consulting
  • Circularity and Decarbonisation of the Plastics Value Chain
    Steve Garbutt, Project Director, Mura Technology
  • How to Make Chemicals – and Profit – from CO2
    Nick Smith, Commercial Director, ViridiCO2 Ltd.
  • Biomass feedstocks for sustainable fuels production
    Robert Hardy, Business Development Manager, Gidara Energy

Speaker Bio:

Jen Vanderhoven, FREY Consulting

Jen graduated from The University of Sheffield, with a first-class Masters of Biological Sciences in 2004 and a PhD in Biochemistry in 2007. With a 20-plus year progressive career in biotechnology, spanning both higher education and the commercial sector, Jen has held roles in research and development, sales and marketing, business development, and business change and transformation. Jen is currently the COO of the BBIA, and runs her own successful biotechnology consultancy, FREY, which provides expert advice in business development, fundraising, stakeholder engagement, strategic partnerships, policy development, marketing & communications and project management for the biotech sector.