The Moredun Research Institute are now an academic partner of the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) which aims to stimulate the growth of the Industrial Biotechnology (IB) industry in Scotland.Industrial Biotechnology is an enabling technology that uses biological substances, systems and processes to produce materials, chemicals and energy.
The partnership will develop links and collaborative research projects between Moredun and IBioIC`s industrial partners to support sustainable agriculture through improvements in livestock health.The industrial partners will benefit from Moredun’s skills and experience in proteomics, genomics and immunology applied to the development of novel livestock vaccines, diagnostic tests and disease control measures.
IBioIC, launched in 2014, has more than 65 industrial members for whom IB is of strategic importance and use or plan to use IB in their business. IBioIC accelerates and de-risks commercially viable projects for industry by harnessing the intellectual power of the Scottish academic and research Institutes. The industrial members directly benefit from the collaborations with the Centre`s academic partners which include the Moredun Research Institute.
Dr Colin McInnes, Deputy Director of the Moredun Research Institute, commented:
“I am very pleased that Moredun is now an IBioIC academic partner, we look forward to future collaborations with the Centre`s industrial partners.”
Dr Judith Huggan, Business Development Manager at IBioIC said:
“Moredun are a welcome addition to IBioIC, their expertise and knowledge of biotechnology associated with livestock health broadens the skills and capabilities that IBioIC offers to our industrial partners. This is an important sector for Scotland and we look forward to working with Moredun.”