Date lodged: 5 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how many biorefining development projects it has helped deliver in each of the last three years through partnerships with industry.
Answered by: Ivan McKee 5 March 2019
Realising the full economic potential of this sector requires collaboration, knowledge transfer and partnerships across the public and private sectors. The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre was established with funding from Scottish Government (through Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council) and has a specific remit to deliver knowledge and expertise between industry and academia. It currently has an active portfolio of eighteen industry-led projects. Through its SMART Scotland, Regional Selective Assistance and Research & Development grants, Scottish Enterprise has provided support to seven projects in the last three years, with a total value of £2.2m.