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Heriot-Watt receives industrial biotechnology boost

Heriot-Watt receives industrial biotechnology boost

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Heriot-Watt University will be the site of one of two unique new centres forming the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC).

The IBiolC, which aims to generate at least £1 billion for the Scottish economy by 2025, has raised a total of £2.7 million to establish two bioprocessing centres.

The total funding package includes £1.8 million from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), with an additional £900,000 being invested by both Heriot-Watt University and the University of Strathclyde. Each University will host a centre, the Rapid Bioprocess Prototyping Centre and the Flexible Downstream Bioprocessing Centre.

Dr Nik Willoughby, Heriot-Watt's Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, said: The development of this facility will allow IBioIC and Heriot-Watt University to fill a critical gap in the development pathway for biological products, reducing the cost of and shortening the time for process development."

The centre is due to be operational by the end of 2014.


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