Biotechnology Pilot Plant

The UK has the 4th largest Biotech pipeline in the world and the largest in Europe. Biotechnology has the potential to address some of the world’s greatest challenges, such as offering alternatives to dwindling natural resources (e.g. fossil fuel), feeding a growing global population and transforming the way we live.
Economic benefit derived from embracing these challenges with biological solutions (i.e. the bioeconomy) is estimated to be worth at least £17 trillion in the EU, with an employment or around 22 million people.

Our pilot plant houses state-of-the-art fermenters for cultivation of various microorganism’s types, novel bioreactors and advanced downstream processing instrumentation for product recovery, purification and formulation. It will be the core of practical training for undergraduate and postgraduate education in biological engineering, guided by our world leading research into industrial biomanufacturing and bioenergy.

The pilot plant gives hands on training in fermentation, biopress monitoring and downstream processing including protein separations and formulations. In addition, the students are given the chance to learn about in scaling up production. Students on the MSc Biological and Biopress Engineering use the facility heavily, especially for their projects.