8 February 2023

Engineering Biology: The Next Generation

Organised by:

SCI’s Engineering Biology group

SCI, London, UK

Registration Closed

This event is no longer available for registration.


Engineering Biology is an important and fast developing technology. It 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. 

In order to address the challenges within this field to innovate, scale, and implement, a close interaction and collaboration of various businesses is required. Of particular relevance is the interaction of SMEs with investors and larger corporations.

This one-day event focuses on innovative SME’s showcasing how engineering biological systems is allowing them to pivot and navigate a new sustainable landscape. Additionally, it will concentrate on how these SMEs develop their business, interact with larger corporations and interact with investors. This event follows on from the success of the Engineering Biology – Applications for Chemistry-using Business event, held at SCI in May 2022.


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 note this event is targeted at delegates who are active in relevant industry sectors and overall places will be limited. Therefore SCI reserves the right to request additional information about a delegate’s experience prior to confirming their place.


Wednesday 8 February 2023

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and Introduction
Markus Pompejus, BASF
The BEIS view on Engineering Biology
Mark Renshaw, BEIS
Session 1 – Fuels, Materials and Food
Making algae work: Reimagining Chlorella to deliver a sustainable and scalable, global, mainstream food and beverage ingredient
Andrew Spicer, Algenuity
Mapping Biodiversity to Discover and Design New Biotechnologies
Oliver Vince, Basecamp Research
Sustainability without Compromise: How can we exploit Marine Mussel Adhesion to develop the next generation of consumer products?
Martin Challand, Zentraxa
Refreshment break
Towards a sustainable bioeconomy: re-inventing the ABE fermentation
Martin Tangney, Celtic Renewables
Continuously building up equipment, experience and networks for efficient scale-up of novel bio-based products
Muriel Dewilde, Bio Base Europe Pilot plant
Panel Session
Paul Mines, Biome Bioplastics; Muriel Dewilde, Bio Base Europe Pilot plant
Session 2 – Pharma and Chemicals
Re-tuning the performance of enzymes through computationally-led directed evolution
Rob Rule, Entropix
Biocatalytic hydrogenation for sustainable chemical manufacturing in batch and continuous flow
Holly Reeve, HydRegen
Next Generation Engineering Biology: Opportunities and Challenges
Rita Cruz, Ingenza
Refreshment break
Taking nature to the next level: enzyme development for industrial purposes
Jessica Rehdorf, BRAIN
Meeting our performance and sustainability goals in FMCG business
Karolina Korzycka, Procter & Gamble
Panel Session
Dana Heldt, IUK KTN; Sara Holland, Potter Clarkson; Yvonne Armitage, CPI; Philip Souter, Procter & Gamble
Networking Reception
The full programme will be confirmed in due course.
Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

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Email: conferences@soci.org

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Non-member - £25
Student Member - Free

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Organising committee

David Bott, SCI
Darren Budd, BASF
Nick Challoner, Croda
Ted Chapman, GSK
Ian Fotheringham, Ingenza
Martin Hayes, Johnson Matthey
Damian Kelly, Croda
Karolina Korzycka, P&G
Neil Parry, Unilever
Markus Pompejus, BASF