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A BBSRC-funded network that promotes collaborations between industry and academia.

This Durham, Kent and Manchester Universities-led network is one of six phase II BBSRC NIBB, announced in November 2018 and has the following objectives:

The Network brings together scientific communities working on metals in biology to accelerate research relevant to industrial biotechnology and bioenergy. Almost a half of the reactions of life are catalysed by metals. This means that a large proportion of bio-industries depend directly, or indirectly, on the catalytic activities of metals in proteins. Academic members work with biomanufacturing and bioenergy sectors to enhance metalloenzyme activities to generate new products and increase the profitability and sustainability of existing products. Company members work with academia to valorise metal-contaminated wastes, bio-remediating and bio-recovering metals in valuable forms – an important contribution to a sustainable circular economy.


Funding call with Canadian and Australian Partners

Early career researcher conference travel fund  (call 2) (up to £1.5k)

Early career researcher fellowship planning visit fund (up to £2k)

Collaboration-building workshop fund (up to £5k)

Covid-19 funding call – no closing date. We will fast track support (via BIV and PoC funding) for industrial biotechnology related to Covid-19 that is within our scope, for example using biometal nanoparticles in diagnostics. Sustainable processes to support future preparedness would also be in scope. Contact us ASAP at [email protected] to express interest. More details here.

18 November 2021 09:30 UK time
A talk by Kylie Vincent and Sarah Cleary, University of Oxford/HydRegen Ltd entitled “Cleaning up biocatalysis with hydrogen: from recycling NADH and flavin cofactors for biotechnology to spin-out of HydRegen Ltd and beyond”, for full details and registration please click here.

Membership is open and free throughout the duration of the network. You can join the Network by completing a membership form here.

You can download a publicity leaflet here.

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