NNFCC teams with Inspire Biotech to increase Consultancy capabilities

Collaboration to focus on strategic bioeconomy development and industrial biotechnology

NNFCC, a non-profit bioeconomy consultancy, and Inspire Biotech, a London based Industrial Biotechnology consultancy, have agreed to work together on strategic commercial projects in the area of bioeconomy development and industrial biotechnology.

Established in 2003, NNFCC’s mission is to provide clients with a holistic view of feedstock, technology, policy and market development across the bioeconomy, enabling them to make informed business decisions and develop sustainable business strategies.

Inspire Biotech is a team of experienced consultants with biotechnology and life sciences backgrounds. The Inspire team have a proven track record in discovering, developing and launching new life-saving medicines, as well as discovering and developing new ways to turn waste into biofuels and chemicals.

Both NNFCC and Inspire share a common belief in the potential of Industrial Biotechnology within the Bioeconomy to create sustainable business opportunities for feedstock suppliers, technology and project developers, manufacturers and investors.

Dr Adrian Higson, Lead Consultant for Bio-based products at NNFCC said: “We are delighted to be able to work with Inspire Biotech; the collaboration brings together complementary skills, experience and expertise. Working together we can provide comprehensive expert analysis and in-depth business insight to companies working in the bioeconomy area.”

Dr Steven Martin, Founding Director of Inspire Biotech said: “We are pleased to be continuing our successful relationship with NNFCC and extend our mutual bandwidth to facilitate growth within the bioeconomy and the further commercialisation of Industrial Biotechnology.”

In 2014 NNFCC and Inspire Biotech were commissioned by The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK and The Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF) to undertake a joint study to identify whether there was a specific need for investment in Industrial Biotechnology pilot scale equipment in the UK.

Based on an extensive knowledge of the area and direct process development experience, NNFCC and Inspire Biotech were able to comprehensively landscape the availability of accessible pilot scale equipment and engage with stakeholders to understand both academic and business needs. The study found that overall the UK is currently well served with respect to accessible pilot equipment and competence, and is also competitive with other European member states. However, a number of emerging technologies were identified as areas worthy of investment, and further limited investment – focused on specific established sectors – would strengthen UK capability.

To learn more about how your business can benefit from our combined expertise and business knowledge contact Dr Adrian Higson (a.higson@nnfcc.co.uk) for more information.



NNFCC was established by the UK Government in 2003 as the National Non-Food Crops Centre, it has grown to become a leading UK consultancy focused on the understanding biorenewable markets and technologies.

About Inspire Biotech

Inspire Biotech is a biotechnology consultancy which helps innovative technology companies to develop and grow into robust businesses. The experienced team advises a wide variety of organisations on how to best enable innovation and drive ideas, products and processes to market.

About the Industrial Biotechnology Process Plant Study

Industrial Biotechnology Process Plant Study: Since the publication of the Government initiated Innovation and Growth Team report on Industrial Biotechnology (IB), UK stakeholders have been working to realise the commercial benefits of IB, building on the acknowledged strength of the UK research base.

As access to pilot-scale equipment is commonly cited as a barrier to development of IB processes, NNFCC and Inspire Biotech were commissioned by BBSRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK, and IBLF to identify whether there is a specific need for investment in pilot scale equipment in the UK and to develop the outline case for any investment. More information on the report is available at http://www.nnfcc.co.uk/tools/industrial-biotechnology-process-plant-study


NNFCC, press release, 2015-05-21.


BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF)
Innovate UK
Inspire Biotech (Industrial Biotechnology)
UK Government


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