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It is to be expected that the Industrial Strategy of the Republic of Croatia 2014 – 2020 will provide mentions of industrial biotechnology. The subject has previously been recognized as one of the fields which will contribute to Croatia’s societal development. The new industrial strategy should be published shortly.
Who is there?
- Mi-plast – focuses on biobased polymers
- Semgen – screening of microorganisms and bioinformatics
- Fidelta – larger pharmaceuticals company with some applications related to industrial biotech
- University of Zagreb – Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology and the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology
Other Industrial Biotechnology relevant Associations and Networks
Initiatives to watch
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Croatian organisations are largely involved in EU-funded projects in the industrial biotechnology field, however, the main national funding body for such projects is the Ministry of science, education and sport. It funds both bilateral and national projects, e.g.
- integrated production processes for bioethanol from lignocellulosic feedstocks, for lactic acid and for organic solvents
- biotransformations of industrial interest in aqueous and non-conventional media
- biocatalysts and integrated biocatalytical processes
Funding provided by the Croatian Science Foundation is aligned with the above mentioned research fields:
- bioethanol and biochemicals from agricultural wastes and lignocellulosic feedstocks
- sustainable bioseparation processes
Croatian government officials and the public have poor awareness of industrial biotechnology and the bioeconomy and tend to not recognize its potential.
Mi-plast Business Development and Project Manager