A. We develop applications for plant derived structural composites and associated scaled manufacturing. Our first product is an electric powertrain biocomposite motorcycle to provide cheap personal transport in the global south, especially in remote rural areas lacking transport infrastructure. Production methods are scaled from local and labour intensive, using our 3 Hut system, to industrial. The materials, bike and production processes have significant industrial, social, ecological and economic impacts.
B. We are in early stage development of machine cognition and data analytics, first in health care. This addresses a contradiction in health care. Complexity requires the narrow focus of specialism to make clinical practice possible for human minds, but effective intervention requires collaboration across and beyond specialisms, on the whole person, with their social, emotional and physical context. Our systems will aggregate data from wearable sensors on individual daily life, with health data and natural language processing of published research. The objective is advice, guidance and assistance to patients, clinicians, managers, researchers, politicians, funding agencies and the media.
You can read about this at: www.biebuycktechnologies.com

Investment

Reduced risk equity investment.

Equity investment in a start up business has winners and losers. HMRC cover part of the downside risk with tax relief under the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme – SEIS.

Invest £1, get 50p back.
Under SEIS, for every £1 you invest, your income tax bill is offset by 50p, or the whole £1 with carry back to 2012-3 – that’s right, if carry back applies to you for 2012-3, your investment, in effect, might be at no cost. If the shares appreciate, capital gains tax relief is at the same 50% or100% rates. Loss can be set against either income or capital gains tax. There are qualifications: for individual investors, for the company and the shares. Biebuyck Technologies is approved by HMRC to issue SEIS shares. Additionally, share documentation on issue must be specifically cleared with HMRC.

Excluded as individual investors are: employees of the company, anyone with a substantial (30%) existing interest, related investment and loan arrangements and tax avoidance schemes. Maximum investment is £100,000 annually. Maximum stake is 30%. And, of course, you can only offset against what you owe in UK tax.

The HMRC website has full information at www.gov.uk – search “business tax investment schemes”. Your professional adviser should understand how SEIS might work in your individual circumstances. This information is no substitute for professional advice.

If this is of interest, please get in touch, using the contact form on this site.

Why bio- anything anyway?

Because technology generates possibilities; expectations move on; what was good enough isn’t any more. In 1908, Henry Ford’s customers got, not the faster horse Ford said they expected, but the Model T, cheap and effective, private transport taken for granted in a global social and economic revolution.

Now, a revolution in plant derived materials and power: vehicles, turbine blades, buildings and clothes made from grass, stinging nettles, sugar cane, wool, wood, waste paper, cashew nut shells and carrots; electric power stored in woven cloth, fruit, veg and algal slime in vehicles, bridges and other structures; fuel from plants and plant waste. Benign bacteria – shewanella oneidensis – grow metal without polluting industrial processes and clean up metal pollution from industrial waste. Bugs feeding in a bath of sugar grow fabrics, quiet, clean and natural as a green field, replacing industrial machinary.

Driving development is concern for, firstly, the stuff we dig up, laid down millenia ago, that won’t come back, and secondly, choking and cooking life, releasing CO2 stored in the earth for millenia. Anthropogenic global warming still has sceptics, but whatever, the galloping consumption of non-renewable materials and pumping CO2 is scary. Whatever the detail of the climate debate, the shift from carbon emitting, resource destructive, industry to negative carbon, renewable resource, is positive.

Biebuyck Technologies develops applications for plant derived materials. Our first products are motorcycles, electric powered, made from bio composite, produced in an under performing rural economy, providing clean private transport and industry as drivers of economic change.

Four motorcycle manufacturers, in China and India, dominate the global bike market. Four or more wheel vehicle manufacture is slightly more dispersed: of the annual global total of about 70 million vehicles, 20 million are made in China, Toyota, GM and Volkswagen account for near 30 million, and the next six for most of the rest.

Bio material and fuel production can be global industrial, like current vehicle and petroleum manufacture. Mass production has a key place in our enterprise. But we want to impact the distribution of power and wealth. To do that, Biebuyck Technologies develop small scale, labour intensive, semi-skilled, production in rural areas, especially in the Global South. There are difficult issues of governance, globalisation and power, but we aim, over time, to create networks of independent artisans, free from the World Bank and other organs of the Anglo- Saxon hegemony and post colonial successors in BRIC and elsewhere. Toyota developed co-operative systems of internal, customer and supplier relations. Germany has national co-determination systems of industrial management. These systems compete strongly in the global market. So shall we, with systems of fair distribution.

The important advance is not just new tech, perhaps to create new forms of oppression. The important advance is a more equal global society, better for everyone, rich or poor, for the reasons argued in “The Spirit Level” – www.equalitytrust.org.uk. Our contribution to social and technical change is local production from local feedstocks with the three farmer system:

• farmer 1 grows the plant feedstocks – grass, crop waste, wood and other stuff that doesn’t compete with food;
• farmer 2 processes the feedstocks, creating materials and fuel, using small scale tech developed in combat by the US Army and biosynthetic nutrient baths;
• farmer 3 turns the materials into products – building materials, motorbikes, clothes, almost anything that sells.

Tony Biebuyck

Director,
Biebuyck Technologies Limited and Technolegau Cymru Cyfyngedig

October 2014.

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