Industrial Biotechnology Opportunities to Meet the Chemical Supply Chain Demand as part of the Drive to Net-Zero


Lynsey DunbarSenior Business Engagement Manager - IBioC

Time & Location

Wednesday: 10.00 to 11.00, Stage 1

About this presentation

The UK Government have set a target for the UK to become Net Zero by 2050. The chemical industry is still heavily reliant on fossil carbon as a feedstock for many of its manufacturing processes, the introduction of net-zero targets means that the way in which many products are manufactured must change.

Industrial biotechnology offers an alternative solution, it is a key enabling technology that underpins a greener means of manufacturing chemicals, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals including vaccines and antibiotics. It utilises waste materials to produce high value products through innovative processes and sustainable raw materials with a reduced carbon footprint and creates new products and processes the market didn’t have before, going beyond manufacturing to make things ‘greener’.

IBioIC is a networking and support organisation set up in 2014 to stimulate the growth of the biotechnology sector. It provides support to ease the innovation journey of companies large and small to develop products for global markets. Membership of IBioIC provides companies with the tools needed to accelerate and de-risk this journey. We do this by offering scale-up facilities, talent development, funding provision, and promotion of Scotland’s unique assets.

This presentation will explore how IBioIC is supporting the development and adoption of alternative feedstocks to manufacture a range of end products in the chemicals sector through our current projects.

About this session

As the world faces up to the challenges posed by finite resources and carbon emissions, a shift to the bio-based chemicals provides one solution; switching from fossil fuel feedstocks and transitioning to an economy which uses renewable, biological ‘bio-based’ resources.

Yorkshire and the Humber’s innovation cluster, BioVale, promotes this new, bio-based economy and helps enterprises profit from its high-growth, future-proofed business opportunities. As host to this session they have brought together speakers who represent both academia and industry to explore the current capabilities, successes, opportunities and challenges of transitioning to bio-based chemicals.

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 Demand as part of the Drive to Net-Zero
Speaker: Lynsey Dunbar, Senior Business Engagement Manager – IBioC

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:

Lynsey joined the IBioIC Business Engagement team as Senior Business Engagement Manager in July 2020 and her focus is mainly on funding opportunities for member companies and Scottish IB-active companies, identifying collaborative opportunities and supporting strategic projects that have been identified in the Centre’s Business Plan and through the National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology.

Lynsey brings a strong understanding of the public sector and political landscape from her previous experience at Scottish Enterprise, where she had roles as both a Grants Appraisal Officer for R&D grant applications and more recently in the Life & Chemical Sciences sector team, where she was the strategic lead for Industrial Biotechnology (IB) and she supported national strategic IB projects and initiatives, as well as supporting company growth in the IB industry. She also undertook a 3-month secondment in Scottish Government working on IB policy development. Lynsey is the current Chair of the Places theme Working group, which is a subgroup of the UK Bioeconomy Strategy Governance Group.

Prior to joining Scottish Enterprise, Lynsey worked as an R&D chemist at the distillers William Grant & Sons where she primarily focused on the optimisation of their anaerobic digestion process. Lynsey also holds a PhD in Bio-Inorganic Chemistry and a BSc Hons in Natural Sciences both from the University of Strathclyde.