Opportunities for Partnership

We at the Forest Products Biotechnology group believe partnerships with companies, governments, NGOs, and other research organizations are essential to remain on the cutting edge of biofuels research and development. Since our inception in 1990, we have developed significant expertise in the 2nd generation biofuels and bioenergy sectors, which we utilize to effectively deliver on our partners’ needs and requirements. Whether it be developing new enzyme cocktails or providing analysis on proposed bioenergy policy, FPB has a long track record of providing substantial value to partners.

FPB utilizes its base at one of the world’s leading universities, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, to leverage investments and partnership funding. We are able to take the strengths of an academic setting and combine them with our extensive international contact network to provide a unique and cost-effective means for research partnerships, technology due diligence, and policy & strategy analysis.

Please contact us if you are interested in discussing biofuel and bioenergy partnership opportunities that would meet your organization’s demands.

Industry Partners

The Forest Products Biotechnology group at UBC is proud to have some of the world’s leading biofuels companies as partners. These range from feedstock providers (forestry companies) to enzyme providers and biofuel producers. We are open to work with companies in various capacities, including contract research and testing, partnerships on basic and applied science, technology due diligence, and business case analysis.

Examples of previous projects include:

  • Development of novel hydrolysis enzyme cocktails for a leading provider of enzymes to the biofuel industry
  • Strategic technology assessment of several emerging 2nd generation biofuel companies

Government Partners

Forest Products Biotechnology is pleased to be able to work with the governments at both the provincial and federal level in Canada, in addition to governments in the United States and several European Nations. Our unique ability to combine technical know-how with a strong background in policy analysis enables us to provide recommendations on policy impact and feasibility from a technology perspective. Effective linkage between policy and technology is critical for rapid and large-scale implementation of all renewable energy, but particularly that based on biomass.

NGO Partners

In the current world, NGOs play a vital role in research and development including fostering the relevance and effectiveness of research, priority setting, and knowledge translation to action. Some of them have already played a key role in advocating and facilitating the development of relevant technological solutions/interventions in bioenergy domain. NGOs also played a vital role in resource mobilization for bioenergy/bio-products research, the generation, utilization and management of knowledge, and capacity development. We welcome partnership with NGOs who is interested in promoting bioenergy and bio-products and making it closer to the real world.

Academic Partners

Research and educational partnerships continue to be the key to meeting the challenge of transition that this world faces. Over the next several years, we feel that sharing knowledge and partnering multi-disciplinary expertise is an extreme necessity to catalyse research and development to ensure long-term development of bioenergy across the globe. All academic and research institutions are welcome to join hands with us to work together in this significant aspect of sustainable development. Some of our current and previous academic partners are:

  • McGill University, Canada
  • University of Guelph, Canada
  • Lund University, Sweden
  • Washington State University, USA
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA