UK establishes plant for sustainable biotech production
London – The UK has established the National Industrial Biotechnology Facility in Wilton as a testbed for developing cleaner and more sustainable biotech-based processes to replace traditional methods for manufacturing chemicals. The 17 million-euro NIBF facility is sited at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), which builds on the area’s tradition of chemical manufacturing with work on functional materials, advanced processing and fuel cells. CPI and other stakeholders planned the NIBF as an integrated facility at which companies use a “gene to kilo” approach to test ideas for commercial feasibility, explains Chris Dowle, CPI’s director of advanced processing. Funding from The Northern Way, of Newcastle upon Tyne, and the regional development agency One Northeast supported building and equipping the facility.