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UK’s Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub to get £2 million funding

A £30 million research and innovation investment in British manufacturing will ensure the UK can seize new opportunities in steel production, pharmaceuticals and the revolution in transport infrastructure.

Three new £10 million Manufacturing Research Hubs will link major industry players including Tata Steel, Siemens, and Rolls-Royce to world-class research teams, says a press statement by the Council.

According to the news release, the Hubs would pioneer new practices to ensure these established manufacturing sectors can meet evolving industry need, seize new opportunities and tackle key issues such as sustainability and productivity.

The three new Hubs will focus on steel production, bio-manufacturing, and electrical machines and will be funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub will receive £2 million co-funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Their addition takes the total number of Manufacturing Hubs to 13 across the UK, building comprehensive research support for the Government's Industrial Strategy.

The Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub (FBRH) will be led by Professor Nigel Scrutton at The University of Manchester with spokes at Imperial, UCL, Nottingham, the UK Catalysis Hub, IBioIC and CPI.

It will develop new underpinning technologies based on industrial biotechnology to enable efficient, sustainable and innovative bio-based manufacturing in three key sectors - Pharmaceuticals; Value-added Chemicals; Engineering Materials.

The Hub will accelerate delivery of economically attractive, robust and scalable biomanufacturing processes to meet societal and commercial demand through industrial partnerships and co-created research programs.

Centered at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), FBRH will connect the Hub and Spoke's strengths in interdisciplinary industrial biotechnology discovery science with industry to stimulate innovative and sustainable biomanufacturing capabilities and is expected to position UK at the vanguard of economic Clean Growth.

The Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub will receive £2 million co-funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), which is part of the £30 million research and innovation investment boosting British manufacturing capabilities.

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