BIOTRAINS is a Marie Curie ITN (Initial Training Network) that commenced on the 1st July 2009. It is EU-funded through the 7th Framework people Programme that has two main strategic objectives; to strengthen the scientific and technological base of European industry and to encourage its international competitiveness, while promoting research that supports EU policies.

Led by Professor Nick Turner at the CoEBio3 in the MIB at The University of Manchester the BIOTRAINS ITN is training a trans-European network of industrially oriented white biotechnologists fully skilled in the application of biocatalysis to sustainable chemical manufacturing. All projects are related to developing enzyme technology that is of potential value in developing economically viable routes for green chemical manufacture.

Their skills are being developed through a joint research programme at leading national Universities, CoE’s and SMEs with research projects identified by internationally leading Principal Investigators in this field and is supported by a group of Industrial Affiliated Members. Hence the researchers trained in BIOTRAINS will have not only the current state-of-the-art skill set in white biotechnology but a highly developed network of academic and industrial leaders in the field.





Next BIOTRAINS meeting will be in York on the 6th and 7th of February 2012.

Photo of Nick Turner, Centre Director

Nick Turner, Centre Director

See the CoEBio website