Dr Adrian Higson

Adrian Higson is NNFCC’s Lead Consultant for Bio-based products. He has over 16 years’ research and consulting experience within the chemical and bio-based products industry. Adrian takes a particular interest in biorefining, industrial biotechnology and innovation strategy within the bioeconomy.

At NNFCC, Adrian has undertaken ​projects for developers and business investors, performing project feasibility assessments including market analysis and sustainability appraisal. He has undertaken numerous strategic studies for public bodies covering the potential for and barriers to innovation in the bioeconomy.

Adrian is a member of the European Commission Expert Group for Bio-Based Products (UK representative), UK Bioeconomy public sector working group, the Scottish Industrial Biotechnology Development Group and a bioeconomy advisor to Innovation Norway.

He is a goal focused project manager with experience of coordinating large multi-site and multi-stakeholder projects. He has an excellent track record of delivering complex projects to high quality, on budget and within deadlines.

Adrian holds a PhD from the University of Liverpool and has held research positions at the University of Colorado (USA) and University of Dundee (UK). Prior to joining NNFCC he was a project manager at SAFC Pharma (Sigma Aldrich) supervising the manufacture of pharmaceutical ingredients for clinical trials.

Recent projects

UK Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst Coordinator (ongoing)

Adrian is the coordinator of the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst. The IB Catalyst supports research and development into the processing and production of materials, chemicals (including pharmaceutical precursors and biopharmaceuticals) and bioenergy, as well as the development and commercialisation of innovative IB processes to manufacture a wide range of existing and new products through collaborative and non-collaborative research grants.

The Potential for Forest-Based Industrial Biotechnology in Scotland (2015)

Adrian was a key contributor on a study commissioned by Scottish Enterprise, Chemicals Scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland to assess what opportunities might be available to exploit the Scottish Forest resource as a feedstock for the bio-based chemicals sector.

Industrial Biotechnology Process Plant Study (2015)

Adrian was a key contributor to this study looking at the availability of Industrial Biotechnology scale up facilities in the UK.

Bio Base NWE Project (INTERREG IVB North West Europe (2013 - 2015)

Adrian was the UK contact point for this project supporting SME innovation and policy development in biobased products.

Energetic Algae Project (INTERREG IVB North West Europe (2009 - 2015)

Adrian was a Work Package lead in this strategic project looking at the potential for algae cultivation for energy purposes in North West Europe.

Selected Publications

Conference presentations