Details: Wednesday 15th September: 10:00-11:00, Stage 1


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:

Session Host: Caroline Wilcock, BioVale Cluster Stakeholder Engagement Manager

1. Why go bio-based?
Dr Mark Gronnow, Process Development Unit Manager, Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC)

2. Industrial Biotechnology opportunities to meet the chemical supply chain demands as part of the drive to Netzero by 2050

Lynsey Dunbar, Senior Business Engagement Manager – IBioC

3. Introducing CyreneTM at scale – the sustainable, safe, bio-based solvent that outperforms NMP and other SVHC solvents
Dr Sarah Hickingbottom, General Manager new product development, Circa Group

4. ‘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.