The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) based in Scotland, is a unique facility relevant to all industry sectors of IB and promotes collaboration within industry and academia to drive innovation, find commercial application for new technology and ideas, and offers support for projects that bring biotechnology closer to industrialisation. 

One of eight Centre's funded by the Scottish Funding Council and supported by Scottish Enterprise, the IBioIC has been in operation since January 2014 with the full and strong support of fourteen Scottish Higher Education Institutions, and industrial companies ranging from startups to multi-national corporations covering all four colours of Industrial Biotechnology. This allows us to create a single portal for industry to connect with IB technology.

The IBioIC recognises the extensive intellectual, physical and natural resources that exist in Scotland and seeks to accelerate, catalyse and leverage the development and commercial exploitation through this highly distinctive capability.


Our Vision

Our vision is to create a truly distinctive world-leading Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC).  We will accelerate and de-risk the development of commercially viable, sustainable solutions for high value (specialty & commodity) manufacturing in chemistry-using and life science sectors.  In so doing we will establish an innovation and growth engine yielding substantial economic impact and delivering increasing and sustainable wealth creation, prosperity and employment in Scotland.

By 2030 our target is to generate 1.0 to 1.5 Billion pounds of Gross Value Added contribution annually to the Scottish economy, this represents a growth of revenue from today's estimated value of £190M, to between £2 and £3bn.

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 led by industry for industry

Industry Led Innovation Projects

Core and jointly funded programmes
Sponsored research project competitions
Staff Secondments between Industry and Academia
Consultation and Fee for service programmes

Skills development

Collaborative MSc programme in Industrial Biotechnology led by industry need Collaborative PhD programmes and Studentships
Establishing HND programme with Further Education Institutions Establish Modern apprenticeships in consultation with industry

Outreach and Knowledge Exchange

Build and expand the industrial membership Centre for technical and commercial knowledge exchange
Raise awareness of IB in Scotland, UK and internationally
Networking events and technical seminars




Our industry partners have identified five major themes for IBioIC

Sustainable Feedstocks (including unconventional gases)

Enzymes and Biocatalysis/ Biotransformation

Cell Factory Contruction and Process Physiology

Downstream processing

Integrated Bioprocessing.



  • 01/12/2014   Vince Cable announces 40M to continue Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst
    Vince Cable announces 40M to continue Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst.... more
  • 17/11/2014   IBioIC's 1st Annual Conference - The Journey's Started
    The IBioIC invites you to our first annual conference, 'The Journey's Started', to celebrate our achievements to date one year on! .... more
  • 11/11/2014   Sartorius Downstream Technology Day
    World leading provider of laboratory and process technologies and equipment Sartorius, are holding a 1 day event at the University of Strathclyde to keep you up to date with latest products and processing equipment. .... more
  • 10/11/2014   Applications now invited for the 2nd Collaborative MSc in Industrial Biotechnology
    20 fully funded places available to Scottish/ EU students for entry to the September 2015 programme, this 1-year course will equip graduates with key skills to enable them to pursue an industrial or academic career in IB..... more