Glasgow was announced as the host city for EFIB 2016, the leading European event for industrial biotechnology and the bioeconomy. Represented by the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) and Scottish Enterprise, the announcement highlights Scotland’s position as a prominent hub for theindustrial biotechnology sector in the UK and Europe.
The ninth European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB) comes to Scotland on 18-20 October 2016 and will attract industry executives committed to a shift towards renewable, biologically-based manufacturing. EFIB is organised by EuropaBio, Europe’s largest and most influential biotechnology industry group and Smithers Rapra, global leader in rubber, plastics, polymer and composites information products, and will be supported in Glasgow by Team Scotland, which includes IBioIC, Scottish Enterprise, SECC and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and partners such as The Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK.
The UK IB market currently includes over 120 companies whichgenerate an annual turnover of over £4 billion. These companies have grown rapidly – since 2010 their joint turnover has leaped by 53%, with an increase of 21% in the number of jobs available in the sector. All are set to continue growth for the foreseeable future.
The level of IB development and investment is particularly high in Scotland thanks to a strong heritage in engineering, and a wealth of natural resources that are ideal for IB activities. World-class academiacombined with strong academic/industry partnerships enabled by IBioIC’s ongoing work, means that there is huge potential for the further development and the use of IB in Scotland.
This event will bring a wealth of potential European business to Scotland and an ongoing opportunity to increase visibility of Scottish business opportunities, European partnerships and economic benefits. It will also provide significant opportunities for collaborative projects between Scottish and European organisations and institutions, allowing Scotland to further rise as a world leader in this sector.
Roger Kilburn, CEO of IBioIC said: “The UK biotechnology sector is growing year on year and Scottish companies are at the forefront of this movement. We are delighted to bring EFIB to Glasgow, providing excellent business opportunities for the Scottish economy and demonstrating how innovative we are as a nation.”
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “We’re delighted that the leading European conference on industrial biotechnology has chosen Glasgow as its host destination next year. Glasgow is a city rich in innovation, past and present. Our history is packed full of home-grown pioneers whose inventions have impacted people across the globe. Today Glasgow is leading the way in innovation; with our expert academics, our world class research and our state-of-the-art facilities, it’s a winning collaboration.”
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