DIF Studio How to link up the bio-economy

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  • Dr Cait Murray-Green, Ian Archer

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Every geography has a problem of bio-based (i.e. natural materials) waste streams: food waste, by-products of beer production, sewage sludge and so on. In Scotland, the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) is tasked with the job of connecting business with academics to help them turn these waste streams into revenue streams. IBioIC see this as a potential GBP 900M industry.

Find out how they are making those connections between their 130 members in Scotland, and how one company - CuanTec - has developed a shrink-wrap alternative from shellfish.


Dr Cait Murray-Green

Dr Cait Murray-Green

CEO at CuanTec

Cait has been involved with CuanTec since its inception. She is highly skilled in the commercialisation of science and technology. She is a research scientist who has moved through product development, sales and business development roles.

She has also worked as a Commercialisation Manager working with public sector scientists and as a consultant specialising in helping companies find their business opportunities and gain funding to commence activities.

Ian Archer

Ian Archer

Technical Director at the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre

Dr Ian Archer joined IBioIC as Technical Director in August 2015. Ian is tasked with shaping the IBioIC's strategy and implanting the business plan for the centre. Specifically, he identifies mechanisms, resources, and techniques for solving industry problems through biotechnology.

Having received his degree and PhD in Chemistry from Imperial College, London, Ian spent six years working as a Work Group Leader in Process Technology with Zeneca (latterly Avecia) in Grangemouth, Scotland.

With a firm background in synthetic organic chemistry and chemical process development, in 2004, Ian joined Ingenza Ltd. as Head of Process Development where he was responsible for all aspects of bioprocess development and developed his expertise at the interface of molecular biology, microbiology and bioprocess development.

He is an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.


Colin Webster

Colin Webster

DIF Programme Manager and Education Content Manager

Colin is one of the two Ellen MacArthur Foundation's DIF Managers. He manages content in the DIF's Live Studio, ensuring that we have a great mix of brilliant people armed with interesting topics. He also directed last year's DIF documentary, System Reset.

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