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.

For full vision 2030 document click here

For a our first years Annual Report click here

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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.





  • 25/08/2015   IBioIC Newsletter Q4 - 2015
    The latest edition of the IBioIC newsletter is now available to view online!.... more
  • 22/07/2015   Glasgow Announced as the Location for EFIB 2016
    Glasgow was today announced as the host city for EFIB 2016, the leading European event for industrial biotechnology and the bioeconomy. Represented by the IBioIC and Scottish Enterprise, the announcement highlights Scotland’s position as a prominent hub for the industrial biotechnology sector in the UK and Europe. .... more
  • 20/07/2015   IBioIC Select Technical Director
    The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre has appointed Ian Archer as its technical director..... more
  • 01/07/2015   Supporting the European roadmap to successful IB
    Earlier this week the BIO-TIC project – launched its final roadmap for tackling barriers to industrial biotechnology in Europe, entitled ‘The bioeconomy enabled – A roadmap to a thriving industrial biotechnology sector in Europe'..... more