Research Group Summary
The Biomolecular Interaction Centre (BIC) is a research centre based at the University of Canterbury. The centre was founded in 2007 after being awarded funding from the Innovation and Development Fund from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). The primary investment of $1.85 million was used to purchase of a suite of state-of-the-art equipment that was supplied by Bio-Rad Laboratories.
BIC is a collaborative project spearheaded by Associate Professor Emily Parker (Chemistry), Professor Juliet Gerrard (Biological Sciences), Adjunct Professor Bill Swallow (Chemistry) and Professor Conan Fee (Chemical and Process Engineering). The University of Canterbury BIC researchers are in partnership with researchers at Lincoln and Otago Universities, Crop and Food Research Ltd and Environmental Science and Research.
While the centre is based at UC, it has been established to concentrate regional infrastructure around an area of niche specialisation and drive cross-disciplinary research in the area of biotechnology. The suite of instruments will enable the BIC to bring critical mass to the region’s key chemistry, engineering and biological capabilities in these fields.