We supported clients to innovate and scale up their chemical and biological processing steps, typically at a scale between 1 to 100kg. This scale is often sufficient to optimise and prove a process works, up to the pre-commercialisation stages of the product innovation journey.
As well as laboratory-based support, we also add value through market research activity, new and existing product and customer discovery research. From researching new customers to evaluating your existing database, we have the experience and expertise to help you understand your market in detail whilst offering valuable insights into the bio-based sector.
Some clients see us as an extension to their own team, where we provide an extra set of expertise to help solve a process challenge or accelerate a product or service improvement area. Our staff have industry and academic backgrounds, with our knowledge of the bio-based sector we are able to support your supply chain research and mapping to allows you to identify future opportunities and risks.
David Hanson, Owner of Bayview Bees said: The ideas and designs which the BDC have brought to the table will be used to push my business forward. As a small business owner, it’s often hard to lift your head up to see what is going on because there’s always so much to do. It’s been great to have a team behind you that can do some of the looking for you.
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Helping products from the hive reach new markets
A desk-based piece of work carried out by the BioVale and Bioscience Innovation teams has helped Bayview Bees develop ideas for new products and improve their packaging for existing products.
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We work with bio-based businesses and projects to increase awareness of their products, processes or project.
Entrepreneurial skills development
If you are an entrepreneur or a start-up in the bioeconomy, we can help you develop and commercialise your product or process.
Laboratory and office access
We have state-of-the-art research and development biorefinery, pilot scale laboratory facilities and flexible office space available for hire.
We add value through market research activity, new and existing product or customer discovery research.
Overseas markets access
We have been part of several international projects, our expertise range from project management, communication and dissemination support to accessing our research and development knowledge and equipment.
We have a vast amount of experience in managing national and international projects as well smaller one to one projects for our pre-funded support programmes aimed at regional SMEs.
As part of responsible research and innovation, we actively encourage our academic, industry partners and clients to examine the associated processes, including intellectual property as well as understanding the appropriate regulatory environment.
Valorisation options appraisal
Bio-based materials including various types of waste, can be assessed to determine how they can be used to produce valuable products.