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9.36 million euros for the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

ERDF Flanders and Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP) signed an agreement for an investment of €9,36 million within the framework of the IMPACT project. This investment is financed by the European…

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Free business training for biobased startups

The BioBase4SME project, co-financed by Europe’s Interreg NWE programme, is now providing start-up companies working in the bioeconomy with €7,000 worth of specialist training, fully funded by the…

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Promising geothermal energy source in Belgium

"Deep geothermal energy can help Belgium to achieve the climate goals without significant additional costs," reports VITO. The drill test for 'deep geothermal energy’ in the Dessel region exceeds …

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New Biomass plant in Ghent Port

General Electric (GE) Steam Power Systems will build the new biomass plant of Belgian Eco Energy (BEE) in the Ghent port. The commercial operation, previously awarded to Veolia remains scheduled f…

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Q-Biologicals becomes part of Amatsigroup

French pharmaceutical conglomerate Amatsigroup has announced its acquisition of Q-Biologicals. Q-Biologicals was founded in 2011 as a VIB/UGent spin-off by several Innogenetics veterans and provid…

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bio2clean, new spin-off for green soil remediation

Hasselt University has a new spin-off, 'bio2clean', for phytoremediation, using plants to clean up soils and (ground) water. With this startup, the Centre for Environmental Sciences (CMK) wants to…

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Processing paper waste with panda feces

Scientists from the University of Ghent will study the feces of Hao Hao and Xing Hui, the two giant pandas from Pairi Daiza animal park. They hope to discover how paper waste can be processed more…

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Cheaper production of bioplastics

Michiel Dusselier, a KU Leuven researcher, developed a greener and cheaper production process for the bioplastic polylactic acid (PLA). PLA used to be produced from corn or sugar cane, but due…

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Call to action: organize an event in the European Biotech Week!

This year, with the support of essenscia/bio.be, the European Biotech Week takes place again from the12th to the 18th of October. This week is dedicated to celebrate biotechnology in the form of v…

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Submit an abstract to the Brussels Sustainable Development Summit 2015!

From 19th to 20th of October, VITO (Flemish Institue for Technological Research) organizes BSDS 2015 in Brussel, a biennial international platform to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on all as…

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Emile Redant is winner of the Inspiring Young Scientist award!

The scientific abstract submitted by Emile Redant was selected as winner of the “Inspiring young scientist” competition from the Knowledge for Growth conference, which was organized by FlandersBio…

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Green filtering solution decreases production cost by 80%

Pall Corporation (PLL) is a global leader in high-tech filtration, separation, and purification. The company, which has recently expanded its portfolio of life sciences solutions through the acqui…

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Soldier flies for waste treatment

In 2012, Johan Jacobs quit his job as a diplomat to start a green waste management company named Millibeter. He ecologically treats biological waste by culturing soldier flies on it. The flies con…

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Tech Lane Ghent

"Tech Lane Ghent" is the new joint name for the future business park on “Eiland Zwijnaarde” and “Technology Park Ardoyen”. The launch is the result of a collaboration between Waterwegen en Zeekana…

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Insights

From lab to market: Pilot plants are key

From lab to market: Pilot plants are key

Importance of Key Enabling Technologies Advances in novel technologies and manufacturing practices are essential to building and maintaining a global leadership position. With this rationale, …

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Continuous bioprocessing for better quality and greater efficiency

Continuous bioprocessing for better quality and greater efficiency

In contrast to the chemical industry, where many commercial processes are continuous processes, most processes in the biopharmaceutical industry are batch processes. The latter are generally slowe…

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Biofuel production from steel mill waste: Steelanol

Biofuel production from steel mill waste: Steelanol

ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel and mining company, is investing 87 million euro in a flagship pilot project in the harbor of Ghent. The Steelanol (steel + ethanol) project aims to use a …

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Digestion in a jar - Time to SHIME®

Digestion in a jar - Time to SHIME®

In 2008, UGent spin-off ProDigest opened its doors. The company was built around a machine called the SHIME®, an in vitro model for the entire human gastrointestinal tract, complete with stomach a…

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Weight loss? KitoZyme turns it into gold!

Weight loss? KitoZyme turns it into gold!

KitoZyme, a biotech company active in the healthcare sector, started as a spin-off from the University of Liege in 2000. Their IP is based on the biopolymers, chitosan and chitin-glucan. Tradition…

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Novosides hits the sweet spot of glycoside synthesis

Novosides hits the sweet spot of glycoside synthesis

Linking a sugar moiety to small molecules alters their physicochemical properties, which can lead to a myriad of interesting applications. However, glycoside synthesis is no child’s play and was d…

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Fish-oil from micro-algae to increase sustainability

Fish-oil from micro-algae to increase sustainability

Autotrophic micro-algae are an interesting alternative to fish oil as a source for long chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA). The advantages of such ‘autotrophic omega-3 producing micro-algae’ …

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Reindustrialization of Europe with a €3.7 billion investment in green industries

Reindustrialization of Europe with a €3.7 billion investment in green industries

The bioeconomy uses renewable resources instead of fossil resources. Biorefineries play a central role in intelligently converting biomass and waste, via efficient and innovative technologies, int…

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Fungi-derived chitosan for weight loss

Fungi-derived chitosan for weight loss

The prevalence of obesity has more than doubled worldwide in the past couple of decades. Herstal-based biotech company KitoZyme may have an important weapon to help win the battle of the bulge as …

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Chemicals and bacteria coat plastic debris in the sea

Chemicals and bacteria coat plastic debris in the sea

The pollution arising from plastic refuse at sea is not only a question of the plastic itself but also of the bacteria and chemicals that cover the plastic, according to researchers from the Insti…

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Turning Brussels' wastewater into bioplastics

Turning Brussels' wastewater into bioplastics

Wastewater treatment company, Aquiris (subsidiary of Veolia Water), is running a pilot project at its Brussels-North Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project aims to use organic compounds from wast…

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Disposable bioreactors: a cost-saving innovation

Disposable bioreactors: a cost-saving innovation

Companies who manufacture biotechnology products such as monoclonal antibodies, therapeutic proteins and vaccines, produce a wide range of products in small amounts. They need to switch quickly be…

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Human milk from the incubator

Human milk from the incubator

Breastfeeding is beneficial for a newborn and is strongly advised to future moms. Still, for various reasons, breastfeeding is sometimes impossible, causing the baby to feed on infant formula. The…

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Fermenting the best chocolate taste

Fermenting the best chocolate taste

The production of Belgian national pride products, beer and chocolate, is a natural biotechnological process based on fermentation. Actually, there would be no chocolate flavor in cocoa beans (The…

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Bio-batteries coming soon

Bio-batteries coming soon

Recently, scientists discovered an entirely new microbe that is capable of transferring electrical current. This electrified family member of the Desulfobaceae, while waiting for its scientific na…

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