23 May 2022

Engineering Biology – applications for chemistry-using business

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SCI's Engineering Biology group

SCI, London, UK

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“Engineering biology is the application of rigorous engineering principles to the design of biological systems, with the objective of contributing to economic activity and sustainable and resource-efficient solutions to the societal challenges faced in food, chemicals, materials, water, energy, health and environmental protection.”

This was the definition of Engineering Biology as described in the 2019 RAEng review ‘…A priority for growth’, which concluded that despite having a strong research base, UK industry is broad, complex, and segmented. Much of the required toolkit exists within this R&D base but challenges in translation, scalability and delivery have thus far prevented effective industrialisation of most biological processes. Overall, more must be done to realise the potential improvements in processes, products, and profits, which could be delivered in combination with other technologies.

In recent months, a working group of key stakeholders from the SCI network have been meeting to discuss the key problems of process design, optimisation, and application on the runway from development to scale-up and manufacture. Now, we are looking to formally launch an Engineering Biology special interest group and build a community of practitioners and users of these applied principles.

As an introduction to the topic and to build this community, we are hosting this one day conference, including a range of company case studies and panels to showcase Engineering Biology in practice. This will kickstart discussions on how industry can collaborate and develop to become more responsive, better equipped, and more fit for purpose.


Registration is encouraged from potential users or practitioners of Engineering Biology principles as well as those who are already using such approaches. This includes those who have successfully implemented and scaled engineering approaches to biological systems, those who have progressed but got stuck along the way, and those who are just considering incorporating Engineering Biology within their business and want to find out more!


Please email conferences@soci.org for further information and prices if interested in sponsoring.


Monday 23 May

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction
Ian Shott, Shott Trinova
Significance of Engineering Biology to the SCI network
David Bott, SCI
Session 1 – Past and present – successes and setbacks
Title TBC - Adopting Engineering Biology into various industry sectors
Ian Fotheringham, Ingenza
Perspective of a global chemicals manufacturer
Markus Pompejus, BASF
Title TBC - Scaling up production as a speciality chemicals business
Damian Kelly, Croda
Refreshment break
Reconciling the Sustainable Manufacturing of Commodity Chemicals with Feasible Technoeconomic Outcomes
Laura Wells, Johnson Matthey & Sarah Rodgers, University of Nottingham
Panel session
Session 2 – Present and future – opportunities and challenges
Accelerating the use of biology in chemical processes - practical lessons from pharma
Ted Chapman, GSK
How engineering biology can drive sustainable agriculture
Speaker TBC, Bayer
Title TBC - Progress and challenges across consumer home care and food
Neil Parry, Unilever
Refreshment break
Title TBC - How to deliver consumer value with high-volume bio-based supply
Michelle Jackson, P&G
Panel session
Networking reception
End of Event

Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org

Fees will be announced in due course.

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