Synthetic and systems biology are fundamental tools for the delivery of solutions for IB and our Centre is well placed to deliver highly innovative solutions to address a many industry challenges.
• Dr Louise Horsfall is collaborating with Diageo - a global leader in the beverage alcohol industry - to produce copper nanoparticles from distillery byproducts using bacteria. This will conserve resources, reduce operating costs and also benefit the environment.
• Professor Gary Loake is working with GSK to develop a sustainable biological process that replaces synthetic chemical routes for esterification, a technology that enables purification of fine chemicals from aqueous environments. This could lead to cleaner and greener routes to antibiotics production.
• Professor Susan Rosser is working with the SME Ingenza to develop a CRISPR-Cas9 genome modification system in industrial yeast strains to generate yeast lines with enhanced value for a range of industrial applications.
What we can offer
- Expertise in a variety of feedstocks for high-value chemicals manufacture;
- Access to libraries of extremophiles suited for novel enzymes and biomolecules;
- Expertise in the biosynthesis of high value plant natural products;
- Viral vectors and plant systems for production of proteins and bio-therapeutics;
- Computational modelling tools to design biological pathways and circuits;
- Robust methods for automated assembly of DNA molecules;
- Designing and building biosensors for detection of pollutants;
- Comprehensive suite of high throughput screening and analytic tools;
- World-class expertise in responsible research and innovation, value chain analysis and stakeholder engagement.
The University of Edinburgh is an active participant in Scotland’s Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), a unique facility that promotes collaboration between industry and academia to drive innovations to market. We work with all the IBioIC industrial members to develop exciting collaborative research that addresses a diverse range of industry challenges.