Working with industry
We have a wide range of links with the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. This page provides details of some of them. We are always interested in developing new contacts – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation.
One existing route is via the Faculty of Science Knowledge Exchange Team, which is a dedicated team of scientists and business experts whose role is to bring together academic researchers with people in the public and private sector to develop new products, processes and services. Visit their website for more information.
Professors Jeff Green and David Kelly along with Dr Susan Molyneux-Hodgson at the University of Sheffield are working with colleagues at the Universities of York, Nottingham and Cambridge and five companies (Green Biologics, ReBio, Lucite, CPI and Ingenza), to overcome poor product yields by focussing on how the properties of the bacterial cell membrane can be modified to create more robust cell factories.
Our undergraduate students have several opportunities to work in industry during their time here, through either a degree with employment experience or our MBiolSci programme.
Research in the department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology has led to the setting up of three spinout companies. Unusually, all three are still operating!
Ideas and discoveries developed by our researchers have been taken up by pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. Here we share three examples.