And now NIBF
owner Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has teamed up with UCL to train chemists in this vital new area.
"It's taken us seven years to get to this point which is typical for a company of our type," says Richard Wood chief executive of Coressance, a company that uses the NIBF
Mr Goodier said the Centre for Process Innovation''s NIBF
facility strongly influenced the company''s decision to locate to Wilton.
will help firms replace outmoded traditional chemical processing techniques with cleaner, greener, less wasteful methods - ensuring the region a place at the forefront of the green revolution.
May The second phase of the National Industrial Biotechnology Facility (NIBF
) was launched by Science Minister David Willetts at the Centre for Process Innovation.
Together these facilities will form the National Industrial Biotechnology Facility (NIBF
), which is being built following investment by the regional development agency One NorthEast and The Northern Way programme ( collaboration by One NorthEast, North-West Development Agency and Yorkshire Forward.
is also partnered with the CoEBio3, a world class Centre of Excellence for biocatalysis at Manchester University.
The presence of NIBF
and PETEC have helped to attract several powerful biotech companies to Teesside.
While PETEC explores the potential of exciting new products from bendable sheet lighting to wafer-thin portable TV screens, NIBF
will convert renewable feedstocks - primarily biomass and waste - into green fuels and chemicals.
And that's why the work of the work of the National Industrial Biotechnology Facility - NIBF
- is so important.
It is hoped the NIBF
can bridge the technology gap between the UK and other countries, but Mr Perry acknowledged that the UK lagged behind more advanced economies such as Germany.
In the past year the Centre for Process Innovation has made substantial investments into increasing the capacity of their two business units; The Printable Electronics Technology Centre (PETEC) and the National Industrial Biotechnology Facility (NIBF
.) CPI recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TATA Steel to establish a new national High Temperature Innovation Centre (HTIC) based at TATA''s Teesside site.