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TSB award University KTP with Biocatalysts Ltd as ‘Outstanding’

ktp ichemeThe University of Bath’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Biocatalysts Ltd has been awarded a Grade A of ‘Outstanding’ by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) in their final report assessment.

Already shortlisted for the IchemE awards in 2011, which recognise and reward chemical engineering innovation and excellence, the partnership had a very strong history.

Biocatalysts Ltd, a speciality enzyme development and manufacturing company at the forefront of its industry, is involved in developing enzymes for the food, flavour and speciality chemicals industries.

The KTP, led by Professor Michael Danson, Director of the Centre for Extremophile Research (CER) and Dr David Hough, with KTP Associate Dr Ian Brown, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, provided expertise and equipment for the discovery of new enzyme products from different biological sources, such as extremophilic microorganisms.

This helped Biocatalysts Ltd access an extended range of enzymes for its new product development programme, whilst providing the CER with a wider appreciation of enzyme applications in the commercial sector.

Stuart West, Managing Director, Biocatalysts Ltd says: “The collaboration with Bath has been excellent and it has helped us to advance significantly our enzyme development capabilities. We expect to do future technical collaborations with Bath to build on this project”.

Professor Danson says: “It has been a pleasure to be part of this KTP, and all credit must go to Ian, who has excelled in his role, and to the Biocatalyst team who have provided a dynamic research and business environment in which Ian has been trained and nurtured”.

Clive Bailey, Business Development Manager in RDSO, says: “I am delighted for Professor Danson, Dr Hough and Dr Brown as it is extremely rare for the TSB to award a Grade A of ‘Outstanding’ to any KTP in the UK. This helps reinforce our strong links with industry such as Biocatalysts Ltd”.

If you would like further information on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships please contact:
Clive Bailey (Business Development Manager, RDSO)
Email: C.Bailey@Bath.ac.uk  

Photo: Left to right, KTP Associate Dr Ian Brown; Lead academic Prof Michael Danson; Business Development Manager Clive Bailey.

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