National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology


Launched in 2013 by the Scottish Industrial Biotechnology Development Group, The National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology aims to transform the competitiveness and sustainability of multiple industries in Scotland, which will grow industrial biotechnology-related turnover.

Scotland’s national strategy aims to:

  • Grow industrial biotechnology related turnover to £900m by 2025
  • Increase the number of IB-using companies to 200.

Key achievements – two years on

Much has been achieved particularly around the impact of Industrial Biotechnology (IB) in growing the Scottish economy, including:

  • 18% increase in turnover to £230m, exceeding target by £30m
  • 50+ companies in the IB sector
  • £10m IBioIC opened – Scottish Innovation Centre for Industrial Biotechnology
  • Opening of Scotland’s first biorefinery
  • Industrial biotechnology Msc and Phd programmes developed
  • £2.8m invested in open access equipment centres

With strong progress over the first two years, our report highlights notable achievements and points ahead to the targets set for 2025.