Our Capabilities


BioPilotsUK combines the nation’s leading expertise and facilities to help businesses develop and scale-up new sustainable processes to commercialise products from biomass, including: plants, algae, by-products and wastes. Due to the varied nature of the raw materials, or feedstocks, there is no one size fits all approach, rather a series of technologies that must be trialled and combined to maximise the opportunity.

Together, the BioPilotsUK centres can offer the key components required to accelerate and de-risk your bio-based projects, through access to:

  • highly-qualified specialists in genetic analysis, industrial biotechnology, green chemistry and chemical engineering;
  • a broad range of discovery to demonstration scale technologies to convert biomass into useful products; and
  • the accompanying analytical services and market awareness to assess viability of an idea.

We provide access to the UK’s leading biorefining centres and through them, to a number of key academic institutions pioneering new bio-based ideas as well as investors and bio-based businesses all along the supply chain.

Facilities and expertise

We can help you gain access to multiple approaches to feedstock optimisation, pre-treatment, processing and downstream processing technologies, including key areas such as:

BioPilotsUK capabilities diagram

Our facilities are all underpinned by a range of fully serviced laboratories, analytical assessment capabilities and infrastructure to support bio-based projects at every stage of development.

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“The Centre’s at IBioIC provide a wealth of opportunities for companies and organisations across a range of sectors in Scotland and the wider UK. The advanced equipment on offer is facilitating some truly innovative projects that are resulting in new products and processes, and helping to grow the industrial biotechnology industry in the UK.”

– Ian Archer, Technical Director, IBioIC