The Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is a non-profit national research institute jointly established by CAS and Tianjin Municipal Government in 2012. TIB’s mission is to continuously strengthen its capabilities in innovation and technology transfer so as to become a global leader for research and development in industrial biotechnology. Currently, TIB comprises of and 362 staff members, including 45 professors, 297 students (Doctoral and Masters students).
TIB has defined substituting renewable carbon resources for fossil resources, substituting green bioprocessing for traditional chemical processing, and promoting industrial productivity and efficiency through modern biotechnology, as its core missions and long-term strategic goals. Accordingly, TIB has defined industrial protein science and biocatalytic engineering, synthetic biology and microbial manufacturing engineering, and biological systems and bioprocess engineering, as its core scientific areas.
TIB has established state-of-the-art core facilities covering high-throughput screening, systems biotechnology, fermentation, and genome synthesis. TIB has also established a National Engineering Laboratory for Industrial Enzymes, a CAS Key Laboratory for Microbial Systems Biotechnology, and a Tianjin Key Laboratory for Industrial Biosystems and Process Engineering. The Tianjin Industrial Technology Innovation and Incubation Center of CAS affiliated at TIB, has created eight high-tech spin-off companies.
TIB has expertise in biotransformation and process engineering; industrial bio-manufacturing and green processing; biofuels and biochemical; bio-catalytic technology; glycol engineering; industrial protein science; and microbial biotechnology.
TIB is looking for research collaboration and bi-directional technology transfer in the area of production of food, feed, drug, healthcare products, chemical and materials, solution for environmental protection (waste water, gas, solid; soil remediation, etc.). In the next three years, TIB will be upgraded to National Technology Innovation Centre for Synthetic Biology (NC SynBio) with the support of the MOST, CAS and the local government, which will provide a unique international environment for the research organizations of other countries.