Expert-led project will train future biotechnologists

Manchester University is leading a £3.7m project to train the next generation of biotechnologists to make chemical processes greener.

The European biotechnology training network for the support of the chemical manufacturing industries (BIOTRAINS) programme brings together microbiologists, enzymologists, chemists, engineers and process development experts involved in the training of the next generation of scientists who will develop green manufacturing methods for the chemical industry.

Led by Prof Nick Turner, director of the Centre of Excellence for Biocatalysis, Biotransformations and Biocatalytic Manufacture (CoEBio3), the four-year project involves 11 partners from academia and industry who will recruit and train research fellows and another six industrial partners who are offering placement training.

Funded by the European Union FP7 programme, the project is expected to make a major contribution to efforts to replace traditional chemical manufacturing with so-called ‘white biotechnology’, which uses natural biocatalysts and modern manufacturing techniques to deliver less environmentally damaging industrial methods.