Launched in 2014 The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) was set up to bridge the gap between education and industry. 

We are specialists in the industrial biotechnology (IB) sector, with a deep embedded knowledge and the technical expertise to help stimulate the growth and success of the IB industry in Scotland by connecting the dots between industry, academia and government. We represent all four colours of IB, facilitating collaborations and guiding organisations from a concept or idea, through to industry adoption.

Our vision is to create a truly distinctive, world-leading innovation centre for industrial biotechnology.  We will accelerate and de-risk the development of commercially viable, sustainable solutions for high-value manufacturing in chemistry-using and life science sectors. By 2030 our target is to generate £1 to £1.5bn 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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Enabling growth of a new industry through...

Founding Members


Linking Communities

Whether you are from academia; industry; are a policy maker; or from an non-governmental organisation, IBioIC can forge links to help aid collaboration through events, one to one meetings, focus groups and offering advice on sources of funding.


Technological Expertise

IBioIC has a core team expert in all areas of IB with wider management, financial and marketing expertise amounting to more than 100 years of industry experience.
We can also provide your company with advice on business strategy, manufacturing strategy and process development.


Providing the Tools

IBioIC is committed to providing the tools and skilled workforce the industrial biotechnology industry needs in Scotland through:

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Landmark alliance launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy
Glasgow, 19 October 2016. Five established R&D centres across the UK have today announced a new alliance, BioPilotsUK. This alliance will seek to position Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development and bio-based product manufacture – two key elements of the bioeconomy.
The founding centres are BEACON (Wales), the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC - York), the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI - Redcar), IBioIC (Scotland) and The Biorefinery Centre (Norwich)..... more

Funding available for businesses and organisations working in the bioeconomy in Scotland
Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, today announced a £1.5 million funding opportunity for businesses and research institutions working in industrial biotechnology, food and drink, and the wider bioeconomy in Scotland.
The funding opportunity, highlighted during Mr Wheelhouse’s address to delegates at the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy Conference 2016 in Glasgow, has been created by Zero Waste Scotland in partnership with the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC). It includes funding from the European Regional Development Fund to support innovative work that will help deliver circular economy growth. .... more

£3 million investment set to accelerate global healthcare, materials and skincare markets
Scotland is set to create waves among the global biotechnology arena as its Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) announces over £3 million of investment across six game changing synthetic biology projects including greener skincare products, more sustainable plastics and improvements to personalised medicine therapies..... more

Applications are now open for the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2017
Nominations are now sought for the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2017 which recognise, reward and celebrate the impacts achieved through collaborative business and academic partnerships. The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards aim to promote and celebrate Knowledge Exchange in Scotland encouraging more businesses to consider Scotland’s universities and research institutions as a collaborative partner to stimulate innovation and further positioning Scotland as a CAN DO nation..... more

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