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Biorenewables Development Centre

The BDC is an open-access R&D organisation working at the interface between academia and industry to develop, scale-up and help commercialise bio-based products and processes. The BDC provides customers with innovative ideas to convert plants, microbes and biowastes into profitable, high-value products.

The BDC offers a broad variety of technical services using state-of-the-art integrated R&D facilities in the fields of chemistry and biology. The centre can support businesses by delivering desk-based assessments (eg. market research, mapping of primary and secondary sectors), facilitating connections across the bioeconomy sector, and helping companies to find value across their supply chain. Through the regions BioVale innovation cluster, the BDC offers support to build partnerships or collaborations in the bioeconomy.


    Part-financed by the ERDF, we offer funded support for Yorkshire SMEs operating in bioeconomy sectors (eg food & drink industry, biotechnology, waste management, anaerobic digestion, cosmetics, agriculture). Offer includes lab- and consultancy-based projects
    Wide range of capabilities using unique R&D infrastructure for fast-track breeding, pre-processing, novel process development, analytical services and microbiology, from concept development at lab-scale, proof-of-concept to upscaling to pilot scale at 100 L or 100 kg.
    Helping customers to find commercial value chains by delivering market research and mapping, facilitating introductions and connections (B2B, B2C), providing business advice and identifying funding opportunities.
    Space for research spinouts, startups and SMEs working within bioeconomy sector. Alongside our offices, the companies can access laboratory ACDP Cat 2 facilities and benefit from introductions to our extensive network of professional contacts.


To discuss how the BDC can help your research or your business, contact the BDC team or +44 (0)1904 328040

Find out more

The Biorenewables Development Centre web pages provide additional information about:

  • Services for the business community
  • Facilities for Feedstock development & molecular analysis; pre-processing; processing; microbiology & anaerobic digestion; analytical assessments
  • Glossary of biorenewables sector terms
  • Funding for regional SMEs