Video: LevWave - scalable platform chemicals from industrial side streams

Dr. Silvia Tedesco of Manchester Metropolitan University explains how the InnovateUK funded proof of concept project is exploring the feasibility of turning a significant industrial process side stream - paper mill sludge - into the strategically important platform chemical Levulinic Acid.

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Britest support to Digital Implementation planning

A new 2-minute-to-watch video explains how Britest's roadmap for digital design development and application can be used by organisations in the chemicals-using and process industries to successfully plan for a rapid and effective business introduction of new ways of working based upon emerging digital and modelling based process design, development and control methods.

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Alex Moore becomes Managing Director of Britest Limited

Britest Limited is delighted to announce the appointment of Alex Moore as Managing Director. He takes up his new role on 22nd March following the recent departure of Mark Talford to become Deputy Challenge Director, Medicines Manufacturing at InnovateUK.

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John Borland Award jointly recognizes innovations in Process Control Strategy Mapping and Virtual Collaboration

Britest is delighted to announce that our premier award recognizing significant contributions to innovation within the Britest community, has this year been jointly awarded to teams from Biogen for pioneering the development of Process Control Strategy Mapping: A Structured Approach to Identifying Process Control and Sensing Opportunities', and the Britest User Group at AstraZeneca, Macclesfield for work on 'Enabling virtual collaboration with Britest'.

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Britest Process Understanding Day 2021 a virtual success

Britest's annual Process Understanding Day broke new ground by not breaking any ground after being successfully conducted for the first time as an entirely online virtual on the afternoons of Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd January 2021.

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Britest tools used to improve robustness of analytical sample preparation

A new publication from Astra Zeneca Pharmaceutical Technology & Development, Operations describes how Britest process understanding tools have been successfully applied, along with experimental design, to addressing some of the challenges associated with sample preparation procedures when developing quantitative assay methods for solid-oral dosage forms.

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Autumn 2020 Online Training Events: Physical Organic Chemistry Concepts and Introduction to Chemical Engineering Science

Britest is pleased to be once again working in association with Scientific Update to provide you with the scientific principles and skills that they don't teach at university, so you don't have to learn by bitter experience!

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Lock-down unlocks fresh thoughts on plant cleaning

COVID-19 lockdown has turned out to be a catalyst for insightful reflection upon the subject of pharmaceutical plant cleaning operations on the part of Britest's Rob Peeling. His detailed analysis of relevant driving forces and conclusions which challenge received industrial wisdom and typical  practice can be read in full in this freely available Britest white paper.

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We're on the move!

Britest has a new postal address and phone number from 1st August 2020. Here's where you can reach us...

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Britest and Micropore Technologies Announce Licence Agreement

Britest Limited has entered into a licensing agreement with Micropore Technologies. This allows Micropore to use a defined set of Britest’s established process understanding tools, in conjunction with their own proprietary technologies, to support their internal evaluation of potential applications of their membrane emulsification and encapsulation technology for client demonstration and general marketing purposes.

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Online Britest: Turbo charging remote whole process understanding studies

Using best in class online collaboration tools can dramatically enhance the capacity of a Britest session to deliver insightful results productively and efficiently. Watch Britest's Mark Talford and Rob Peeling show you how. 

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Ever felt the need to think more like a Chemical Engineer? This course could be for you...

Britest is providing an essential three-day training course for R&D Scientists and Engineers from other disciplines, who want to better understand the basic principles of chemical engineering, or make more effective considerations of whole process issues. Taking place 28th-30th April in Manchester.

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Article on digital information flows goes open access

A  new publication  describing how new digital models and approaches have been mapped  onto the information workflow involved in pharmaceutical product and process design and development via a Britest-developed dedicated technical facilitation  methodology…

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New task library expands armoury for visually presenting processes

A new "task library" supporting the use of the Britest Process Definition Diagram (PDD) tool substantially expands the armoury of ready-made task representations available to Britest facilitators and practitioners, and helps create better PDDs faster.

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Innovation award recognizes JM's use of Britest tools in hazard studies

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 John Borland Award for Innovation: Alejandro Santana, Loretta Wong, David Johns, and Antonio Zanotti-Gerosa, from Johnson Matthey for their use of Britest tools in hazard studies for multi-purpose reconfigurable plant.

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Britest Process Understanding Day 2020 - Call for Papers

Britest invites potential contributors to offer abstracts for consideration for both short oral and poster presentations at Britest Process Understanding Day 2020

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Britest Annual Dinner and Process Understanding Day 2020

Join us for the Britest Annual Dinner and Britest Process Understanding Day 2020: Manchester, UK, 21st & 22nd January 2020

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Training for more effective knowledge transfer between Scientists and Chemical Engineers

An essential three-day training course for R&D Scientists and Engineers from other disciplines, who want to better understand the basic principles of chemical engineering, or make more effective considerations of whole process issues

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New online tool put continuous whole process design decision making in your hands

Newly released interactive tools for parallel decision making about whole process design and regulatory considerations around continuous manufacture are available now on the Britest website!

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Particle Informatics: how Digital Design is advancing understanding of particle properties

A new publication arising from the ADDoPT project collaboration describes how a combination of existing and novel approaches has been applied to the assessment and prediction of particle properties intrinsic to the formulation and manufacture of pharmaceuticals via a new, robust workflow applying predictive digital design tools built around the CSD-System software suite.

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Focus article on digital design for pharmaceutical product and process development

Focus article on digital design for pharmaceutical product and process development An "in-depth focus" article in the June 2019 issue of European Pharmaceutical Review looks at how Britest has been working along with others in the ADDoPT collaborative consortium to explore how…

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Technical facilitation provides information flow model for adoption of Digital Design approach in pharma

A dedicated technical facilitation process designed and delivered by Britest has enabled a the development of an information flow for digital design and manufacture of pharmaceuticals which is set to .be a valuable enabler for the UK pharmaceutical industry in adopting new technology, and in building innovation and leadership capacity

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Britest exhibiting at NEPIC MTM 2019

Britest has become a member of NEPIC, the regional cluster body for the process industries in the North-East of England.

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Britest joins regional Process Industries cluster body

Britest has become a member of NEPIC, the regional cluster body for the process industries in the North-East of England.

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New paper outlines Britest methodology for decision making for investment in innovation

A feature article by Britest Senior Innovation Specialist Rob Peeling explores the long-standing question of why the introduction of innovative process technologies appears to be so slow in the process industries, and argues that a facilitated decision making approach can go a long way towards accelerating decision making around investment in innovation.

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Chemical Engineering: What scientists and other engineers need to know...

An essential three-day training course for R&D Scientists and Engineers from other disciplines, who want to better understand the basic principles of chemical engineering, or make more effective considerations of whole process issues

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Multi-site facilitation best practice guide updated

Britest's highly practical best practice guide to multi-site facilitation has just been updated and is available now as a free download for registered Britest users.

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New project to pilot selective recovery of pure plastics from multi-materials waste

Britest is to facilitate enhanced impact of the new MultiCycle project, a three-year EC Horizon 2020 Innovation Action which will deliver an industrial recycling pilot plant for thermoplastic-based multi-materials allowing selective recovery of pure plastics and fibres from mixed wastes without downgrading. Britest will be applying insight into building effective, flexible training resources from previous projects, and piloting the SPRING framework for enhanced project impact in the EC SPIRE process industries..

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Britest innovation specialists congratulated on new external appointments

Britest's Amy Peace and Rob Peeling appointed to significant external professional/advisory positions with EPSRC and IChemE

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PDD tool automation wins AZ Britest Innovation Award

Britest would like to extend our congratulatons to the winners of the 2018 John Borland Award for Innovation: Alex Lamacraft and Natalie Monks from AstraZeneca PT&D Chemical Development for The Development and Delivery of an Automated Process Definition Diagram tool.

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Britest Day 2018 materials now available

Following another successful Britest Day event, registered Britest users are invited to access downloadable copies of all the presentations and posters given, and to browse our gallery of photos capturing events from the Britest Day and the preceding evening's annual dinner.

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Recognition for Biogen’s use of Britest

The strong progress being made by one of Britest’s newer user companies in embracing and gaining value from the use of the Britest tools was wholeheartedly recognized by an audience of their peers at Britest’s annual showcase event Britest Day 2018.

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Britest Day 2018 - see you there

Britest's premier annual showcase and networking event, Britest Day 2018 will take place on Thursday 18th October at the Village Hotel, Warrington, UK. Taking the theme of  "Insight into Impact"   Britest Day 2018  will  feature high quality and impactful talks from…

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Decision Making Methodology White Paper Published

A newly published white paper by Britest Senior Innovation Specialist Rob Peeling, considers - and offers a methodological approach to counteract - a long-standing frustration in the process industries: the length of time it takes to introduce innovative process technologies.

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Property Mapping - a (Quality) Critical Friend

A recent expansion in the capability of the Britest toolkit is helping process chemists and engineers understand how the properties and performance of the products they are making are influenced by the materials and equipment they are using, and by the processing conditions. Download a recent presentation to find out more.

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Medicines manufacturing - are you up for the challenge?

The £10m Medicines Manufacturing Round 2: Challenge Fund call opens on Monday 12 March 2018, Many of the themes "particularly encouraged" by the call scope match challenges in which the Britest approach has a strong track record, or is potentially well suited to address,

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From Collaborative Projects to Education and Training Resources

From Collaborative Projects to Education and Training Resources It is self-evident that if the process industries are to become more sustainable, current and future workforces must be able to learn about the innovative technologies and approaches being developed in collaborative projects. A…

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Reflections on a continuous journey

As 2017 draws to a close, Britest's CEO Gareth Jenkins provides a timely reflection on the interwoven paths trodden towards widespread adoption of continuous manufacturing by the chemicals industry, and the development of the Britest toolkit for capturing and improving process understanding. Over the last few years, Britest has developed and applied a number of support tools for multiple-criterion based business decision making, and 2018 will see more case studies emerging, 

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New conceptual study for butadiene telomerization published

Research arising from the EU's 7th Framework Programme’s SYNFLOW project on which Britest collaborated has resulted in a new, peer-reviewed publication describing a conceptual design study for a butadiene telomerization process.

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Britest to frame thinking on new approaches to decision making for batch to continuous evaluation

CEO speaking at 9th Symposium on Flow Chemistry for Industrial Applications Britest's Chief Executive Officer  Dr. Gareth Jenkins will be in Barcelona next week, speaking at the latest in a series of international profile events for executive chemists, engineers and business…

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Britest Day 2017 Innovation, impact... and inspiration

Britest's premier annual showcase and networking day has been hailed as an all-round success. Taking the overall theme of  "Innovation and Impact"  Britest Day 2017 attracted a strong showing from our corporate and academic membership, collaborative partners, and invited…

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Autumn marks the start of SPRING

Autumn marks the start of SPRING Amy Peace and Mark Talford represented Britest at the  SPIRE Industry Conference in Brussels on 19th-21st September, communicating the key findings of a recently completed collaboration and announcing the start of our new EU project SPRING. "...setting…

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Britest Day 2017 provisional programme announced

The provisional programme for our premier annual showcase and networking event, Britest Day is now available. Built around the overall theme of  "Innovation and Impact"  Britest Day 2017 is taking place on Thursday 2nd November 2017 at the Inspiration Suite, Village Hotel,…

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Picture this - future EU Process Industry under discussion

Britest focusing on sustainability and impact at 2017 SPIRE Process Industry Conference The  Process Industry Conference , a SPIRE cPPP mid-term policy event, taking place on 19th - 21st September 2017 in Brussels , promises to gather all relevant stakeholders for…

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Supporting Women in STEM at Darebsury

Britest is pleased to be supporting local efforts at Sci-Tech Daresbury to encourage a mutual support network amongst female workers involved in all aspects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics across the North-West's dynamic high-tech business campus. Senior…

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Symposium Report - Continuous Flow Chemistry for Industrial Processes

RSC Symposium, ChemSpec Europe, Münich, Germany, 31st May – 1st June 2017 The production of fine and speciality chemicals is still heavily reliant on batch processes. There is much technology innovation being developed to enable the scale-down of continuous processing and the 2017 RSC…

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No headaches applying Britest to Paracetamol MicroFactory

Process understanding study helps CMAC team build the picture of new rapid prototyping capability The power of the Britest tools to build team communications, deepen understanding of complex systems, and plan for further action was once again demonstrated by a successful…

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Britest CEO in chair at Continuous Flow Symposium

Gareth Jenkins to chair session at RSC event during Chemspec 2017 Britest Limited is pleased to report that our Chief Executive Officer  Dr. Gareth Jenkins will be chairing a session at a forthcoming Royal Society of Chemistry  International Symposium in Continuous Flow…

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Innovation and the Business of Science

Britest Limited looks forward to joining other key regional stakeholders at the Business of Science Conference 2017 pre-conference dinner on Wednesday 17th May, The event is the setting for the presentation of a new national Leadership Award which seeks to recognise a senior figure from the…

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Making an impact through Public-Private Partnerships

Britest is helping the EC assess and enhance the impact of H2020 sustainability projects.  Britest is pleased to be playing an active role in helping the European Commission assess and learn from the impact of the 2014 - 2016 contractual Public-Private Partnerships…

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Building links in Continuous Crystallisation

Britest will be attending the 2017 CMAC Open Day for the first time as a Tier 2 Member of the Centre for Continuous Manufacture and Crystallisation. This annual showcase for developments in key areas of manufacturing research enabling continuous manufacturing, and future directions.envisaged takes place on 23rd and 24th March 2017 in Glasgow.

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Join us at IBioIC17

Britest looks forward to further strengthening our growing links in biotechnology at the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre's 3rd annual conference, IBioIC17, due to be held in Glasgow on the 26th and 27th January 2017.

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Biogen becomes Britest Associate

2017 has started on a note of new growth, with the announcement of Biogen International GmbH's accession to Britest Associate status.

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Britest joins world leading continuous processing consortium

Britest Limited has strengthened its capacity to innovate in relation to understanding the batch to continuous manufacturing transition and the role of crystallisation processes in particle design by becoming a Tier 2 member of CMAC (Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation). Britest…

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John Borland Award for Innovation Inaugurated

Britest Members’ Day 2016, our principal annual showcase and networking event, saw the inauguration of a new prestigious award designed to recognise and encourage innovation within the Britest community.

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Members' Day "best yet"

The 13th annual Britest Members' Day has been acclaimed by attendees as "the best yet". Held on 20th October 2016 at the Macron Stadium, Bolton, Members' Day was attended by around 80 delegates from three continents, drawn from Britest's members, associates, partners and collaborators, and other invited guests.

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New CEO for Britest

Britest Limited has announced the appointment of Dr Gareth Jenkins as our CEO. He will assume responsibilities on 24th October and will succeed Sue Fleet who is retiring after 12 years in the role.

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New role for Rob Peeling

A new stage in an ongoing journey with the Britest approach has just started for Rob Peeling, whom we are pleased to report has joined Britest in the role of Senior Innovation Specialist. Rob brings a wealth of industrial experience to his new role from a career with ICI and Johnson Matthey, where…

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Senn Chemicals become Britest Associate

Swiss custom manufacturer Senn Chemicals AG has become the latest organisation to engage with Britest by taking up Britest Associate status. As an Associate Senn will be able to access a range of Britest tools and services to support their process development needs and drive operational excellence.…

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Continuous flow catalysis for API synthesis scales up

A new, high-profile scientific paper arising from one of Britest's international collaborative projects , which reports the first development of a continuous flow process for asymmetric hydrogenation with a heterogenized molecular catalyst in a real industrial context, has been selected as an “ACS…

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Welcome to Merck Chemicals UK

In an extension to its collaborative business model, Britest is pleased to announce that the Technical Centre of Merck Chemicals UK has become the first Britest Associate. This new level of engagement with Britest offers the opportunity for smaller organisations or business units of larger…

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Britest and IBioIC partner up to drive innovation

Britest has joined forces with the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) to support organisations in delivering innovative process solutions for the growing industrial biotechnology sector. In a reciprocal deal, Britest becomes a Network Member of IBioIC (which represent a broad…

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New £20.4m project set to transform UK pharmaceutical development and manufacturing

Britest is playing a key role in a newly launched major collaborative project that is set to transform the UK pharmaceutical industry by enabling the manufacturing processes of the innovative medicines of the future to be designed digitally. The ADDoPT (Advanced Digital Design of Pharmaceutical…

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2015 Britest Members Day Builds on Strengths

The 12th Britest Members' Day, held on 22nd October 2015 took the theme 'building on strengths' and was attended by over 70 delegates from member organisations, collaborators and invited guests from industry and academia. Alongside an update on Britest's strategic…

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John joins Britest

Britest continues to build its capabilities and broaden the skill set of the core team with the recruitment of a new Technical Communications Specialist. Dr John Henderson joined Britest from new process technology developer C-Tech Innovation in October. John is an experienced industrial…

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External Appointments for Sue and Mark

The strategic skills and insight of two senior figures in Britest have been recognised through their recent appointments to external advisory bodies. Firstly, we are delighted to report that Britest CEO Sue Fleet has been appointed to the Presidency of the Comité de Pilotage Scientifique (CPS) of…

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Britest to partner in £22m REMEDIES project 

Britest’s role in the REMEDIES (RE-configuring MEDIcines End-to-end Supply) project will help the UK pharmaceutical industry develop enhanced process understanding to improve medicines manufacturing and supply.     The project was launched in 2014 and has recently…

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Britest moves to Daresbury Sci-Tech Hub

On Wednesday 1 st  July 2015 Britest moved to a new innovation hub at the Sci-Tech Park, Daresbury, just a few miles from our previous location at The Heath, Runcorn. Our new contact details are: Britest Limited The Innovation Centre Sci-Tech Daresbury Keckwick Lane, Daresbury …

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Britest launches new data capture and knowledge management tool

Britest’s latest venture into software-based tools to support process understanding has been launched following extensive development and testing with member organisations. The Facilitator Support Tool (FST) was showcased at Britest Members’ Day in November 2014 and is now available to all member…

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Britest to lead European Horizon 2020 sustainability project 

Britest is to lead the co-ordination of project STYLE - a two year coordinated support activity across the European process sectors, funded by the Horizon 2020 / SPIRE programme. Launched in January 2015, project STYLE aims to identify and deliver a practical 'toolkit' that can…

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New methodologies launched to address key business drivers 

Britest has launched three new methodologies to help organisations generate value from process understanding by addressing key business drivers. A new Biocatalysis Assessment Methodology  is used to assess the techno-economic feasibility of implementing a biocatalytic step in a chemical…

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