Irish Bioeconomy Foundation | Sustainability through innovation

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About the IBF

The mission of the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation (IBF) is to promote the conversion of Ireland’s natural land & sea resources to high value products for the development of a sustainable bioeconomy that is globally competitive. IBF brings together key stakeholders under a single umbrella to:

  • build relationships,
  • coordinate activities,
  • lobby effectively,
  • create synergies,
  • leverage value from existing research & infrastructure
  • drive innovation
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Location and Key Infrastructure

Location and Key Infrastructure

IBF is headquartered on the National Bioeconomy campus in Lisheen, Co. Tipperary (just 8 miles from Thurles). This 455-hectare property is a converted mining site and boasts an €80m infrastructure including roads, electrical substation, wind turbines, weigh bridges, water, buildings.

In late 2017, IBF secured significant funding from Enterprise Ireland to build the National Bioeconomy Innovation and Piloting Facility on the the Lisheen site. This facility which is due for completion in Q1 2019 will be a lynchpin that provides an integrated pathway between vitally important elements in the burgeoning Irish bioeconomy ecosystem. The facility will catalyse the scale-up of technologies from industry, academia and others - enabling the valorisation of side-streams and residues from agri, food, marine and other sectors

National Bioeconomy Innovation & Piloting Facility

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  • Multi-purpose, flexible, modular facility
  • Range of chemical & bio reactors up to 1,000L
  • Upstream & Downstream capabilities
  • Seminar facilities for hosting events, teaching, continuous profession development etc.