BioPilots UK

Biopilots UK combines the nation’s leading expertise and facilities to help businesses develop and scale-up new sustainable processes to commercialise products from biomass, including: plants, algae, by-products and waste products. 

Due to the varied nature of the raw materials, or feedstocks, there is no “one size fits all” approach, rather a series of technologies that must be trialled and combined to maximise the opportunity. 


Find out more about each of the Biopilots UK Partners below,

or contact our Technical Team for direct referral.

The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) is a an open-access R&D facility, based at the University of York, working at the interface between academia and industry to convert plants, microbes and biowastes into profitable biorenewable products. 


With biologists, chemists, and business specialists, the BDC Team offers a unique combination of multi-disciplinary expertise coupled with pilot-scale processing capabilities in one coordinated centre.


Covering a broad spectrum of biorefining technologies, from feedstock assessment to product evaluation, the team specialise in making the most of our biorenewable materials; helping ideas to survive the valley of death; and de-risking the innovation process.

For further information on BDC’s bioprocessing facilities, see their website:


CPI have extensive expertise in scaling biotechnologies for multiple markets and industry sectors.  They provide a broad service offering to efficiently support commercialisation of your biotechnological innovations, whilst minimising both risk and cost.  Overall, biotechnology projects are supported from inception to commercial scale, through fully tailored services and an extensive knowledge of bioprocess innovation.

For further information on CPI’s bioprocessing scale-up facilities see their website:

BEACON is a joint collaboration between Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea Universities and the University of South Wales, with unique facilities at each. The main aim is to use the concept of biorefining to work with end user companies, in order to identify a wide range of products from plant material, which are tailored to their requirements.


The biorefinery concept uses non-food crop feedstocks in much the same way that oil refineries use crude oil to produce a broad spectrum of commodity products. It seeks to give manufacturing companies a commercial advantage in the marketing of these renewable products as well, in the future environmental and economic sustainability of their businesses through application of these developing technologies.

For further information on Beacon’s facilities, see their website: