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Showcasing Innovation in Virtual Reality at Bio World

09 July 2018

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), a UK innovation centre that enables the commercialisation of new processes and products, is launching its new virtual reality tour at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology.

Held in Philadelphia from July 16-19, the convention will bring together industry leaders, government officials, and academic researchers to share the latest advances in renewable chemicals, enzymes, food ingredients, biofuels, algae and more.

Delegates can meet representatives from CPI as part of a select UK trade delegation at booth number 338.

CPI’s exhibition stand will give attendees the chance to experience the scale of the centre’s world-leading Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining facility via a 360-degree virtual reality tour – an incredible interactive feature, developed in collaboration with Teesside University.

CPI’s Director of Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining, Kris Wadrop, will be representing the organisation during the conference panel: ‘Scaling to Commercial: Unlocking the Value of Digital Biology’.

Informed by his vast experience of taking technology from concept to pilot scale, Kris will explain how CPI’s state-of-the-art C1 gas fermentation facilities are well placed to meet the industry’s requirements, and how CPI’s expertise can help overcome the challenges of scaling-up in industrial biotechnology.

At CPI, we’re perfectly positioned to facilitate this incoming field, and I’m very excited to be able to share our world-class expertise and state of the art approach at BIO World Congress,” said Kris.

CPI’s exhibition stand will give people the opportunity to experience its world-leading Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining facility through a 360° virtual reality tour
CPI’s exhibition stand will give people the opportunity to experience its world-leading Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining facility through a 360° virtual reality tour

The 360-degree VR tour was completed by Tim Brunton and John Kavanagh in the TUCan Digital Studio, a unique collaboration of Teesside University interns, academic staff and industry partners working together on innovative digital projects in a wide variety of sectors.

Associate Dean (Enterprise and Business Engagement) in the School of Computing, Media & the Arts, Siobhan Fenton, said: “We are delighted to have been able to lend our expertise to this exciting project and enable CPI to showcase its world-leading facilities here in the Tees Valley to an international audience.

Biotechnology is one of the growth industries in the Tees Valley.

We are already working closely with CPI on our £22.3 million National Horizons Centre, in Darlington, which will drive economic growth in this sector and it is fantastic that we have been able to build upon this partnership.”