The University of Manchester is leading a bio-industrial revolution.
Fossil fuels have been our primary energy source since the Industrial Revolution, but our dependency on them can't continue. The combined effect of fossil carbon depletion and climate change means 21st century industry must find cleaner, more sustainable forms of energy.
We need solutions that will help us respond to society’s grand challenges: an ever-increasing and ageing population, affordable health care, resource efficiency, food security, climate change and energy shortages. We’re a research powerhouse and we’re working with industry partners to tackle these global challenges head-on.
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A bio-industrial revolution
We’re at the forefront of a European industrial renaissance, creating next-generation chemicals for industrial and health care needs. Just as Manchester was at the heart of the first Industrial Revolution, The University of Manchester is now leading the way, both nationally and across Europe.
Using biological resources such as plants, algae, fungi, marine life and micro-organisms, industrial biotechnology, combined with the emerging science of synthetic biology, is changing how we manufacture chemicals and materials, and provides a source of renewable energy.
We’re channelling the full breadth of our expertise in chemicals, materials and energy to find the answers. In the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), the University has one of Europe’s leading industry-interfaced institutes, with world-leading capabilities in chemicals synthesis and manufacture.
Since its inception in 2006 the MIB’s pipeline of discovery through innovation has supported over 51 patents, 8 spin-out companies and more than 230 new invention disclosures and 12 licenses.
Get an in-depth insight into some of our world-changing biotechnology research.
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Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub
We’re home to the Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub.
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Solutions for 21st century industry
As the 21st century progresses and we move towards more bio-based economies, we need solutions for the manufacture of chemicals that are smarter, more predictable and more sustainable.
At The University of Manchester we’re advancing this agenda.
We have the capacity to deliver renewable and sustainable materials, biopharmaceuticals, chemicals and energy that will transform the UK and European industrial landscape.
A collaborative approach
We know the value of working together with others. We break down barriers and get involved; we collaborate across disciplines, cultures and countries to solve global problems; and we transform people’s lives by making positive change across the world.
Supported by a grant portfolio of more than £100 million, we partner with some of the world’s leading companies from across the chemistry, biotechnology and biopharmaceutical sectors – including GlaxoSmithKline, Shell, Unilever and Pfizer – to drive the creation of new, bio-based chemicals.
Through these partnerships we translate scientific discovery into commercial reality.
Ways we can help you
From a day of consultancy to major international partnerships, our research and development collaborations can be tailored to your needs.
Whether you’re an international blue chip or an ambitious SME with an eye for innovation, our business development managers can connect you with industrial biotechnology experts.
Access our specialist facilities
Our work takes place in a 13,100m2 state-of-the-art research support space, which features open-plan, multifunctional research laboratories and extensive specialist facilities over five floors.
Collaborate with us and you can access our bespoke experimental equipment and powerful research infrastructure, all supported by technical experts. These facilities are open to external users from industry and our staff can provide expert advice, guidance and experimental assistance.
We have facilities dedicated to protein structure, protein expression, biophysics, computational chemistry, mass spectrometry, transcriptomics, secondary ion mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Industrial biotechnology: Research breakthroughs
Developing synthetic, cost-effective renewable sources of energy.
Research that is enabling early diagnosis of life-changing diseases like Parkinson's.
Enzyme structure key to all life on earth
Research into enzyme structure provides basis for harnessing light energy crucial for light-to-chemical energy conversion.
Bacteria could replace crude oil in biofuels
Researchers are exploring how to create bio-based jet fuels from bacteria that grows in seawater rather than using crude oil.
Helping robots build new antibiotics
Manchester researchers have engineered a common gut bacterium to produce a new class of antibiotics to combat diseases and cancer, using robotics.
New hub to boost bio-tech in Greater Manchester
A new bio-tech facility, based at the University, is set to transform the bio-tech manufacturing process, driving clean growth and increasing commercial viability.
University signs up to help Manchester go zero carbon and plastic free
The University will work to remove avoidable single-use plastics from catering, labs and stationery by 2022 and play a major role in the city’s zero carbon by 2038 target.
Smell of skin could lead to early Parkinson's diagnosis
Scientists have found small molecules in sebum are responsible for a unique scent on Parkinson’s patients which could lead to the development of an early diagnosis test.
University entrepreneurs win at Innovator of the Year Awards
Two initiatives developed by Manchester-based entrepreneurs claimed Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council prizes at a national awards ceremony.