Produced by BBC StoryWorks Commercial Productions, this exploratory online video series uncovers the powerful stories of innovation in biotechnology across food, fuel, and health.

Biotechnology promises to revolutionize our everyday lives, from what we eat, to the fuel we use and the medical treatments we receive. The idea of improving on Mother Nature’s inventions is not new; our ancestors cross-bred plants and used micro-organisms to produce cheese, bread and beer. But, groundbreaking discoveries in the field of genetics in the 20th Century have paved the way for modern biotechnology. Nature’s Building Blocks is an exciting new film series uncovering the stories of innovation changing the world every day by harnessing the power of nature.

With the global population estimated to reach 10 billion by 2050, Nature’s Building Blocks uncovers how biotechnology is stepping up to the challenges of feeding the world while also changing the way we use the world’s resources to power our homes, our cars and our industry. From the biologists rebuilding skin tissue and eradicating anti-microbial resistance to the geneticists working with farmers to protect pigs and the partnerships being formed across the world to improve the lives of those who suffer with rare conditions, Nature’s Building Blocks explores the stories behind the science.

Produced by BBC StoryWorks Commercial Productions – the commercial content division of BBC Global News, Nature’s Building Blocks highlights some of the most pioneering and innovative organizations in this sector.

ICBA / BIO: Joe Damond, executive director of ICBA and deputy chief policy officer and executive vice president for international affairs, BIO, said: “We are excited about the launch of this series produced by BBC StoryWorks. Scientists across the world are working tirelessly each day to harness nature’s building blocks to find new solutions to global challenges, such as climate change, public health crises and widespread hunger. This series will provide audiences with a snapshot of these men and women working to build a better future.”

Simon Shelley, vice president of BBC Programme Partnerships – part of BBC StoryWorks, said: “We set out to explore the innovations and partnerships that are driving forward biotechnology industries, through the personal stories of the people behind the science – and those whose lives and livelihoods depend on it. We hope this series can foster deeper understand of biotechnology for existing and new online audiences.”

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