IBioIC hosted – Feature session & panel Q&A

FEATURE SESSION: Bioeconomy offers Net Zero solutions for the chemicals supply chain

Time & Location

Wednesday: 14.00 to 15.00, Stage 2

Session Host

Session Host – Dr. Liz FletcherDirector of Business Engagement and Operations, 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.

Host Bio: Dr. Liz Fletcher

Liz manages the day-to-day operational aspects of IBioIC, helping the Centre deliver its key aims of building new opportunities and accelerating commercialisation in industrial biotechnology. She has had a varied career across the life sciences and biotechnology sectors from research roles in academia and industry, as a science business writer and editor, in technology transfer, economic development and research management.

Guest speakers:

Dr. Russell Clarke

Dr. Russell Clarke

Senior Business Engagement Manager - Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBiolC)

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.

Dr. Fraser Brown

Dr. Fraser Brown

Head of Chemistry, Ingenza Ltd

Presentation: Sustainable bio-based manufacturing of industrial products

Synopsis coming soon

Speaker Bio:

Fraser is a chemist with 16 years experience working in industrial biotechnology developing bio-based processes towards the sustainable manufacture of chemicals, proteins and other products.  As Head of Chemistry at Ingenza, Fraser is part of team of scientists who specialise in bio-based chemical production using a combination of in-house engineering biology, chemistry and fermentation

technologies that can be readily adapted depending on the nature of the chemical target.  We work closely with different companies who recognise transitioning from fossil fuels to alternative renewable feedstocks will be important to ensure the sustainability ofthe chemical industry, particularly as we head towards a net-zero future.

Dr. Stephen Wallace

Dr. Stephen Wallace

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

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.

Nikos Tsiapis

Nikos Tsiapis

Research Lead, Impact Solutions Ltd

Presentation: Evaluation of Fish Waste as a Novel Feedstock for the Bio-production of Adipic Acid in Escherichia coli

Impact Solutions in collaboration with University of Edinburgh has identified a novel bio-synthetic pathway to convert a problematic high-cost fish waste feedstock into adipic acid. The presentation will provide a summary of the key findings from this R&D collaboration, as well as demonstrating how the technology can assist in the future transformation of the chemicals industry supply chain.

Speaker Bio:

Nikos Tsiapis is Research Team Lead at Impact Solutions and has a deep background in sustainable products/technologies development working over the last 5 years on novel chemical processes and the development of biodegradability testing services from a Chemistry background. Nikos Tsiapis has been successful in leading several UKRI funded projects on plastic and polymer recycling, battery cathode materials recycling and Industrial Biotechnological technologies.

Miranda Lindsay-Fynn

Miranda Lindsay-Fynn

Commercial Director - Bio-Sep

Producing biochemicals that are carbon-neutral & renewable in the UK

Speaker Bio:

Miranda is Commercial Director at Bio-Sep. Bio-Sep has developed a proprietary clean & green biorefinery technology; for the sustainable separation of lignocellulosic biomass into high-value biochemicals. As the commercial director, Miranda leads go-to-market activities; building commercial relationships with downstream chemical partners in the Bio Sep supply chain and heading up all marketing activities.