10 June 2013

Shott praised for industrial biotechnology leadership

Ian Shott

Former Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) president, Ian Shott, is stepping down from his role of chair of the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum and has received widespread praise for his leadership in the field of industrial biotechnology (IB).

During his presidential year in 2009-2010, Shott was asked by the UK Government to prepare a major report into the economic potential of industrial or “white” biotechnology.

Following the report’s launch he became chair of a new national Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum bringing industry, UK Government and professional bodies together.

The results are impressive - a sample of 13 companies has reported 300 jobs created and over 1,000 IB products are on the market.

Marking Shott’s handover of the chair to chemical engineer Steve Bagshaw, managing director of biotech company Fujifilm Diosynth, UK Government spokesman Mark Turner praised Shott’s achievements in convincing companies of the value of IB and gaining Government support and investment for the field.

IChemE continues to support the Forum, with chief executive David Brown leading its skills work and secretariat support provided by Chemistry Innovation, the knowledge transfer subsidiary of IChemE and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Commenting on Shott’s role Brown said: “Ian’s powers of influence and persuasion are legendary, and he has used them to very good effect in support of this exciting new field”.

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