The Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub aims to be an internationally unique UK asset, with a concentration of Hub expertise, a highly appropriate network of complementary spoke partners and close industrial collaborations.

The University of Manchester

Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB)

The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology provides access to state-of-the-art research laboratories with expertise in biocatalysis and enzyme evolution through to microbial strain engineering, high through-put robotics infrastructure and high end analytics. The Future BRH will benefit from a recently installed robotics platform sponsored by the Royce Institute for Materials science.


UCL is at the forefront of bioprocess research and is the largest centre for this activity in the UK. The process engineering that underpins the industrial application of fermentation and bioconversion technologies is a key area of strength at UCL, particularly in the Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering where UCL houses a £25M pilot plant facility.

Imperial College London

Imperial College London hosts state-of-the-art facilities bridging the gap between academia and industry to accelerate the commercial exploitation of synthetic biology research and technology. The London DNA Foundry based at Imperial provides tip-based and acoustic liquid handling robotic platforms for the assembly of multiple DNA components in parallel.


Keele University is a research-intensive University based in North Staffordshire, with a strong background in multidisciplinary research. The laboratories in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences play host to a dedicated research laboratory for continuous flow and enzyme immobilisation, in addition to a recently refurbished chemical biology space. There is significant additional expertise across chemistry and biology to complement the hub, including the Institute for Sustainable Futures and the Keele Centre for Glycoscience Research and Training

The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham hosts a world-class gas fermentation laboratory and systems biology capability. At the interface between science and engineering, Nottingham provide expertise in techno-economic analysis, life cycle analysis, process conceptualisation and design, and strategies to maximise reaction efficiency.


The IBioIC team have the capability and expertise to provide a wide range of practical and technical support services for individual scale-up requirements. Their wide biotechnology applications and techniques include: working with a range of microorganisms; development and scale up of chemical- and bio-processes; use of design of experiments in process development; tech transfer for scale up; analytical method development and validation; integration of process chemistry with synthetic and micro-biology; and project management.

Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

CPI bridges the gap between early stage concept and scalable commercial process in Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining. CPI combines state of the art facilities and technical expertise to support clients in de-risking their process development. This is achieved through proof of concept testing to accelerate the commercialisation of new products and process technologies.

Harwell UK Catalysis Hub

The UK Catalysis Hub is a UKRI–industry funded consortium of universities involved in Catalysis research. Catalysis is at the heart of future manufacturing and the UK Catalysis Hub acts to coordinate, promote and advance UK catalysis research with a strong emphasis on biocatalysis to support biomanufacturing.