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Looking for sustainable, high-value manufacturing?

Our industrial biotechnology expertise and capabilities are showing the way.

Our approach accelerates collaboration between government, industry and academia.

Like the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC). A catalyst for academics and industry, with expertise, resources and facilities for speeding up and de-risking commercially-viable, sustainable solutions.

Increasingly, local IB-based companies serve international clients, using talent from our universities. And we've ample feedstock too.

Finally, our connections will help, as will financial incentives.

Who’s already working here?

A snapshot of our synthetic biology expertise.

There are around 60 companies in Scotland utilising synthetic biology or providing the necessary tools. And a growing list providing synthetic biology services to international clients.

Ingenza Ltd. has over 25 years’ experience manufacturing enhanced biofuels, the sustainable manufacture of chemicals and production of protein therapeutics.

Synpromics is the leading developer of synthetic promoters to reduce gene screening from years to months.

Biotangents designs and builds biological pathways to enable sustainable and stable production of desirable natural materials. The optimum solutions to the challenges of biological pathway engineering.

Glasgow University lab workers

Scotland has a wealth of synthetic biology talent

The highest density of synthetic biology practitioners outside of London.

Our talent spans Universities from Edinburgh to Aberdeen. Plus James Hutton and Roslin Institutes. All well-versed in commercialising R&D. Their synthetic biology tools cross a range of organisms: bacteria, yeast, fungi, plants and animals. All could be translated into supporting human health, crop and livestock development. The very latest tool is the UK's first fully-automated, large-scale DNA production facility - Edinburgh's Genome Foundry.


Talk to us about tax credits, grants and other incentives.

- Sharon McKendry, International Head of Life and Chemical Sciences.

From penicillin to MRI scanners, Scotland has always been a leader in R&D. Biotechnology is no exception. By bringing the key drivers of innovation, government, industry and academia together, Scotland can certainly work for you too. With over 40 offices in around 20 countries globally, why not tell us about your business so a specialist can help.

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