Biotechnology Group

The Biotechnology Group is one of the RSC's many Interest Groups. The Interest Groups are member driven groups which exist to benefit RSC members, and the wider chemical science community, in line with the RSC's strategy and charter.

The Group is the focal point within the RSC for members who have an academic or industrial interest in the chemical aspects of biotechnology. 

The Group was formed in 1987, partly in response to the publication of the Spinks' Report in 1986 and has annually run conferences or symposia on a diverse range of topics, including:

  • Biotransformations 
  • Plant and Microbial Metabolites as Drug Leads 
  • Proteomics 
  • Glycomics 
  • Biomarkers.   


  • To organise conferences and courses that (i) promote the advancement of knowledge in biotechnology and (ii) facilitate networking of its practitioners 
  • To interact with the RSC, other Interest Groups, and other bodies, as appropriate, to facilitate broad ranging discussion of biotechnology issues 
  • To assist the RSC staff in their work with government in order to enhance the understanding of the importance of biotechnology and the role of chemists within this diverse scientific discipline.           


We also have an online community, which is based on MyRSC, for anyone who shares our interests.

Get Involved

We are always looking for new members who are keen to get involved and to help organise our activities. If you would like to find out more please contact the Secretary.

Biotechnology Group - IYC Challenge

Chromatography Demonstrations for Primary Schools

Join this Interest Group

If you are a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and would like to join an Interest Group, please contact Membership Department using the email link below with:

  • your name
  • your membership number
  • state the name of the group you wish to join  

Free membership of 3 Interest Groups is now included in the cost of RSC membership.

Downloadable Files

Annual Report 2013 - Biotechnology Group
Download the full report here
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Related Links

Link icon MyRSC Biotechnology Group
This group is open to anyone with an interest in Biotechnology. You will be required to register for MyRSC, then you can sign up to become a member of this group

Link icon BioUpdate Foundation
For the promotion of post-experience education and training in biotechnology

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Contact and Further Information

Membership Department
Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432 141