BIO-TIC final conference “From bugs to business: Unlocking the Bioeconomy in Europe”
The essence of industrial biotechnology in one conference!
The BIO-TIC consortium held its high level policy conference, entitled “From bugs to business: Unlocking the Bioeconomy in Europe” on 23rd June 2015 at the Royal Flemish Academy for Sciences and Arts (Paleis der Academiën), Brussels.
The conference marked the final stage of the BIO-TIC project which was launched in 2012 with the objective to investigate hurdles and critical success factors to deploying industrial biotechnology in Europe.
The conference brought together major stakeholders such as policy makers, industrial players, entrepreneurs and academia to debate and propose recommendations for developing a blooming industrial biotechnology sector.
Participants were able to:
- Witness the launch of the BIO-TIC roadmap to a thriving industrial biotechnology sector in Europe, including 10 recommendations to enable a €50billion IB market in Europe by 2030
- Learn about the state of play of industrial biotechnology in Europe with keynote speeches from BioAmber, Ecover, Energochemica, Biobased Delta and MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij as well as Waldemar Kütt, Head of Unit for biobased products and processes at DG Research and Innovation.
- Engage in discussions during dedicated panel debates on Biomass availability and Financing of industrial biotechnology projects in the presence of, amongst others, MEP Philippe de Backer, Sini Eräjäa from Birdlife, Daan Dijk from Rabobank, Andreas Gumbert from DG Agri and many more.
- Explore industrial biotechnology products in the exhibition space, including a PLA-using 3D printer, as well as a showcase of BIO-TIC tools to drive growth of IB sector in Europe i.e. the BIO-TIC partnering platform, the IB in Europe page, the IB product sustainability database and biomass flows for industrial usage in Europe.
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- Welcome address – Patricia Osseweijer, TU Delft (chairwoman of the event)
- Presentation of the BIO-TIC findings – Antoine Peeters, EuropaBio
- Biobased Chemicals for an Alternative Future – Babette Pettersen, BioAmber
- Using Smart Specialisation in the Search for Viable Business Cases in the Biobased Delta Region – Willem Sederel, Biobased Delta
- Ecover, Pioneering a Sustainable Biobased Economy for over 35 years – Tom Domen, Ecover
- Biorefinery in Eastern Slovakia – Radoslav Jonáš, Energochemica
- Industrial Biotechnology, the Bioeconomy, and the Role of the EU – MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij
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A visit to Europe’s first open innovation and education center for the biobased economy, the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in Ghent, was organised on 24th June as a satellite event to the BIO-TIC final conference.
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