Glasgow at the end of January; it is cold and windy, dark much of the time and recovering from the combined over indulgences of Christmas and Hogmanay.

This, however, did not deter the 440+ brave souls from all over the world who pitched up to attend IBioIC’s fourth annual conference; “Building on Success”. Held as usual, at the University of Strathclyde’s highly flexible conference facility in the Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC), the event had 60 charismatic speakers, an exhibition full of advanced technology companies, a forest of academic posters, over 250 facilitated one-on-one meetings and, to top it off, a dinner at the infamous East End institution, “The Barrras” with its colourful past and more recent makeover as a gentrified venue.

The conference focussed on looking at progress made to date in developing and commercialising Industrial Biotechnology and some of the pointers of what is needed to continue this journey. The conference examined Government strategies and policies, both Scottish and UK and looked at best practice in Canada, USA and from around the OECD countries. It also showcased current succesess from companies such as Green Biologics, Argent Energy and Fujifilm Diosynth and technological developments in C1 fermentation and synthetic biology. The conference ended with an inspiring talk from GSK on how Industrial Biotechnology can not only improve existing drug manufacture but opens up opportunities for new drugs and therapies that have not been previously possible.

Our speaker presentations are available on the Speakers Profiles page of our website, as are further details of all the activities of IBioIC and how you can get involved.

Next year’s conference will also be in Glasgow on 30th and 31st January 2019 and will be titled “Industrial Biotechnology for a Sustainable Future”, so save the date, remember your warm clothes and keep an eye on the website for details from September onwards.

Roger Kilburn