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Latvian policies do not refer specifically to industrial biotechnology. However, there are a series of national policies and strategies regarding the bioeconomy. These include:
- The Strategic Association on Bioeconomy Research – A consortium of 15 national research institutes and universities dedicated to the development and realisation of a science based strategy for the bioeconomy in Latvia
- The Latvian government 2014-2020 guidelines for science, technology development, and innovation includes the country’s Smart Specialisation Strategy and sets knowledge-intensive bio-economy as one of its specialisation priorities
- The action plan of the EU Baltic Sea Region Strategy calls for exploiting the full potential of research and innovation in the marine energy, blue biotechnology and biofuels sectors
Who is there?
Companies and SMEs
- Jaunpagasts Plus is a Latvian bioethanol producer. The company produces bioethanol but also alcoholic beverages and spirits from grain. The byproducts are used for the production of forage supplements for the livestock sector. A more traditional use of industrial biotechnology is illustrated by the company Latvijas Balzams which produces potable alcohol products.
- Biolat, Silvanols, Bioefekts, BF-esse are active in the manufacturing of biological active substances and application of biotransformation processes
- Eko Osta and BAO use microorganisms for various bioremediation activities and waste treatment
Research and academia
- Latvia University of Agriculture – Food biotechnology, biogas production, systems biotechnology
- Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology of University of Latvia
- Riga Technical University – Environment biotechnology, biomaterials
- Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry – biodegradation of wood materials, bioengineering
Other Industrial Biotechnology relevant Associations and Networks
- The Environment, Bioenergy and Biotechnology Competence centre aims to increase the competitiveness of Latvian businesses by facilitating the cooperation between research and industry sectors in the implementation of projects for industrial research, development of new products and technologies.
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Latvia has an extremely low research budget, this is why most of the country’s R&D&I moneys come from EU funding schemes.
Latvia’s expertise in alcohol production (e.g. Latvijas Balzams) can potentially be used as a stepping stone towards more advanced uses of industrial biotechnology. In addition, the country produces considerable amounts of wheat, however the forestry sector remains the most developed feedstock source for the Latvian bioeconomy.