Biotechnology Group

The Biotechnology Group is one of our 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 our strategy and charter.

The Biotechnology Group is the focal point 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
  • Natural Product Inspired Therapeutics
  • Glycomics
  • Biomarkers
  • Therapeutic Proteins: Chemical and Enzymatic Modifications
  • Chemical and Biological Therapeutic Approaches to Neurological Disorders
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Nucleic Acids as Diagnostics and Therapies.

It also runs Courses/Workshops - in collaboration with the Bioupdate Foundation - with titles such as Freeze Drying of Biologicals and Pharmaceuticals, Protein Biotechnology in the 21st Century, and Understanding Polysaccharide Biotechnology.


The aim of the Biotechnology Group is to further the interests of both academic and industrial members of the RSC in the subject of biotechnology. 


The remit of the Group is: 

  • 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, the Society for Chemical Industry, the Biochemical Society and other interest groups, as appropriate, to facilitate broad ranging discussion of biotechnology issues
  • to interact with subject groups in other RSC Divisions in order to exploit the multi-disciplinary nature of biotechnology to the benefit of the RSC in general
  • to assist the Industry and Technology Division (ITD) and the Chemistry Biology Interface Division (CBID) 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.

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

Biotechnology Group Newsletter 2016
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Annual Report 2015
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Biotechnology Group Newsletter 2014
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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 What is Biotechnology
A non-profit educational research which provides information on what biotechnology is, who has been involved in its development, and the impact it has on healthcare. Since its launch in February 2013, the website has had nearly 60,000 visitors from around the world, including school children, policy makers, industry experts, scientists and financial investors.

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