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Manchester Institute of Biotechnology

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About us

The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology was founded in 2006 to facilitate cross-disciplinary research to develop new biotechnologies that have applications in human health, the energy economy, food security and the environment.

We are home to over 40 research groups who lead a portfolio of pioneering research projects that continue to advance our knowledge and uses of biotechnology. This research is helping to drive the UK's strategic development of biomanufacturing, specifically in the areas of pharmaceuticals, value-added chemicals, advanced materials, and next-generation biofuels.

Rob Field

The impact of our work is reflected in the quality, volume, societal and economic impact of our research and our ability to produce highly employable scientists and engineers - future leaders with a deep appreciation of, and the ability to drive, innovative biotechnology research and applications.

Rob Field / Director, MIB

Our interdisciplinary approach to research brings together a diverse set of people with skills from across engineering and the sciences. Many our specialist researchers work in or across our centres of excellence and make use of our high-specification facilities and equipment.

This flexible and adaptable approach to research places us in a unique position to interface with industry. Our academics actively work with businesses to solve real-world problems and our research is used to support strategies for the future as well as in today's manufacturing processes for everything from flavourings, to new drugs to tackle illness, to fuel for our factories, homes and vehicles.

In short, we are helping to feed, fuel and heal the world.