Mike MorrisBEACON Business Development Manager, Aberystwyth University
A multidisciplinary scientist, and expert analytical chemist, with supplementary industrial experience ranging from medical sciences, agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, gas sensor technology, biodiversity, soil science and multivariate modelling to the biorefining of high sugar ryegrasses to fuel ethanol and higher value platform chemicals.
Throughout 2011 I was responsible for the design and acquisition of the BEACON pilot facility and the equipment it contains, most of which was based around the existing Grassohol process.
As one of two business development managers employed within BEACON I am responsible for the development of outreach activities aimed at satisfying the results and target outputs as defined by our funders the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO). This involves both the promotion of the activities of the project and identification and development of collaborative projects (associated with biorefining or allied processing technologies) with Welsh companies from a wide range of market sectors. Interaction with companies outside Wales is also possible where there is a possibility of inward investment or if those companies are working with an existing Welsh company.