IBioIC is looking for a variety of experts to join its Commercial Advisory Board (CAB) from February 2020.

IBioIC was established in January 2014 with a £10m core grant from the Scottish Funding Council with a remit to create an Industrial Biotechnology Community that brings economic benefit to Scotland. Since then its’ activities have contributed to a growth in the industry from £189M to over £400M. Key achievements include:

  • a network of over 110 fee paying member organisations
  • a two-day Annual Conference with over 450 delegates attending
  • built two open-access bioprocessing scale-up centres
  • funded 68 innovative IB projects with an accumulated value of over £14M
  • created 170 new jobs in IB
  • 26 universities and research institutes as partners
  • presented at over 100 conferences worldwide promoting Scottish IB
  • developed a collaborative MSc with industrial placements for >90 students
  • co-funded 55 PhD studentships
  • developed the HND in Industrial Biotechnology

IBioIC is now in its second phase of funding where its ambitions are even greater, putting Scotland firmly on the global map as the place to develop and exploit Industrial Biotechnology and delivering against the National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology – Driving Progress to 2025.

IBioIC would welcome input from a range of experts with strong commercial interests to help guide and advise the centre in order to deliver success in this second phase of activity.

Commercial Advisory Board member experience required:

IBioIC is looking for Commercial Advisory Board members who have a passion for innovation in Industrial Biotechnology, preferably with an industrial background and having held senior positions in sectors such as waste management, renewable energy, forestry, food and drink, and oil and gas as well as the more traditional chemical and life sciences. IBioIC is also looking for Board members that have held senior positions within Government, the Enterprise Agencies and funding organisations.

Commercial Advisory Board commitment requested:

Total time commitment required of CAB members is around four days per year. The Board meets for a half day meeting quarterly, with up to a further half day of preparation time potentially required per meeting. Whilst attendance at every Board meeting in person is not mandated, a good attendance record is expected, in order to facilitate this a phone-in facility is available at all CAB meetings.

Expectation of Commercial Advisory Board members:

  • To enhance the Industrial reputation of IBioIC
  • To advise IBioIC on commercial, industrial and membership opportunities, threats and risks as they arise from time-to-time
  • To report to and take direction from the Governing Board
  • To lead, approve and improve the IBioIC Industrial Project Competition Programme, particularly focussing on next steps assuming project success.
  • To advise IBioIC on maximising the commercial potential of all projects
  • To advise IBioIC on market developments particularly around the optimisation of existing and formation of new supply chains and their exploitation in Scotland.

Commercial Advisory Board Member benefits:

There are considerable benefits to being an IBioIC CAB Member both reputational and practical in terms of network and access to privileged information. Whilst the position is not paid, out of pocket expenses can be reimbursed, if required.

Application Process:

Please send an up to date CV together with a brief statement of why you wish to join the IBioIC Commercial Advisory Board and what you will bring to the Board in terms of expertise and experience by 13th December 2019.

For enquiries please contact:

Mark Bustard, Commercial Director, IBioIC

tel. 07583 101168