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York Biorenewables Development Centres secures funding for three new projects

The Biorenewables Development Centre, (BDC) part of the University of York, has secured funding for three feasibility studies as part of a joint investment by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK. The BDC is a core part of the BioYorkshire project, and works at the interface between academia and industry to help develop, scale up and commercialise bio-based products and processes for market.


These awards are the first stage of a wider sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture programme being delivered by BBSRC, EPSRC and Innovate UK.

Three of the thirty four feasibility studies awarded funding will take place at the BDC: MykoBead: an innovative and low carbon loose-fill bead insulation made from waste bio-based feedstocks

Mykor Ltd, Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC)Limited and University of the West of England A feasibility study to optimise extraction of bio-based materials following fermentation of distillery waste

Mednet Ltd and Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC)Limited Enzyme-based process for sustainable fertiliser from poultry manure

Lohas Recycling Limited and the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) Limited Dr Joe Ross, Director of the Biorenewables Development Centre said "the funding is a great example of the importance of the UK bioeconomy and sustainable biomanufacturing, which the BDC and BioYorkshire has long championed." Dr Ruth Nottingham, Head of Business Engagement and Intelligence at BBSRC, said:

"Biomanufacturing offers a wealth of opportunity, both for the UK and on a global scale. The 34 feasibility awards being funded will help expand the research and innovation capability in biomanufacturing across the breath of the UK" The joint-investment from UKRI aims to enhance UK global competitiveness by supporting research and innovation that focuses on developing new and disruptive sustainable biomanufacturing products and processes by 2050. It will also support academics and businesses to embark on new collaborations that will further advance research, innovation and commercialisation in UK sustainable biomanufacturing.

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