Bioeconomy

Researchtheme 1_largeThe "bioeconomy" is defined as "all economic activity derived from bio-based products and processes which contributes to sustainable and resource-efficient solutions to the challenges we face in food, chemicals, materials, energy production, health and environmental protection".

Northumbria has a strong pedigree for research in many of these areas and an opportunity to become a recognisable brand leader.  Here we propose a mechanism for developing this activity by building capacity through both posts to support nascent areas (notably in pharmacogenomics/personalised medicine) and, importantly, to provide a robust underpinning for the complex and challenging technical approaches central to bioeconomy research.

 

Can bio-based products and processes save the planet while driving our economy?

As we continue to plunder the Earth’s scarce resources, it is clear that we need to extend the range of alternative solutions to the way we currently live. Northumbria’s Bioeconomy research explores a wide range of solutions such as how to replace toxic methods of chemical production with ‘green chemistry’, how to capture carbon within bioeconomic systems, how to improve food quality through biorefineries, and how to develop novel beneficial health interventions. We place particular emphasis on technological applications of high throughput genomics, metabolomics and proteomics techniques.

Our research not only attracts significant grants from Research Councils UK but also from industrial partners. We have undertaken research and innovation projects for Unilever, Nestlé, Mondelez, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Prozomix, Chemoxy and other companies in the food, biotech, pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries. This research encompasses the disciplines of Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Food and Nutritional Sciences and Biomedical Sciences.

 

 

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