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Research beacons: Industrial biotechnology

03 Feb 2015

We're at the forefront of a bio-industrial revolution

Our research beacons showcase areas where our researchers work with colleagues from across the University and beyond to produce solutions that are distinct to Manchester.

World-class research is the first goal of our Manchester 2020 strategy. Our aim is to be among the top 25 research universities in the world by 2020.

This week, we look at how our industrial biotechnology experts are finding sustainable alternatives to the petrochemicals used to manufacture the goods we use every day.

We’re at the forefront of a revolution in industrial biotechnology, leading the way both nationally and across Europe, in the creation of next-generation chemicals for industrial and healthcare needs. Using biological resources such as plants, algae, fungi, marine life and micro-organisms, industrial biotechnology is revolutionising how we manufacture chemicals and materials, as well as providing a source of renewable energy.

At the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, the University has one of Europe’s leading industry-interfaced institutes with world-leading capabilities in chemicals synthesis and manufacture. Supported by a grant portfolio of more than £100 million we partner with some of the world’s leading companies from across the chemistry, biotechnology and biopharmaceutical sectors – including GlaxoSmithKline, Shell, Unilever and Pfizer – to drive the creation of new, bio-based chemicals.

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