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Info: In focus - Industrial Biotechnology

In focus: Industrial Biotechnology

Industrial biotechnology is the production of a diverse range of products by using micro-organisms and enzymes. Recent scientific advances in the fields of genomics, metabolic engineering, and enzyme and fermentation technology have further diversified the possibilities of industrial biotechnology. Furthermore, the use of new micro-organisms and new renewable feedstocks aim to move away from the petrochemical-based economy and towards more environmentally friendly processes for the production of chemicals, food and feed, detergents, paper and pulp, textiles and even metals.

Haralabos Zorbas
IBB Netzwerk
Guido Meurer
Introduction to the German Research Project “ZeroCarbFP”
Marc Gauert
Production of Bio-Malic Acid Employing the Smut Fungus Ustilago Trichophora
Esther Gabor
B.R.A.I.N. (DE)
Bio-Based Recovery of Precious Metals from Secondary Resources
Edda Höfer
Südzucker (DE)
CO2 as Carbon Source for Bio-Based Chemicals
Rolf Luther
Fuchs Schmierstoffe (DE)
Biotechnological Production of Lubricant Additives from Renewable Resources


Final programme and workshops

12th International Conference on Bio-based Materials, 15–16 May 2019, Maternushaus, Cologne

The conference is one of the largest conferences and industry meeting points in Europe on bio-based chemicals, polymers and plastics. This year, for the first time, we are expanding the program to include fine chemicals for food ingredients, flavours, body care, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

The topic of this years conference is “Evolution of the Bioeconomy: Survival of the Fittest? Learning from Success”. Despite the harsh environment, a few innovative companies find markets for their new bio-based building blocks, chemicals and polymers. We will introduce you to the technology leaders our planet needs for a sustainable future. This year in close cooperation with CLIB we expect more than 200 participants and 30 exhibitors, mainly from industry. The Bio-based Material Conference is a well-established meeting point for companies working in the field of bio-based chemicals and materials.


Guido Meurer: BRAIN AG (DE): "From Waste to Value."

Six nominated companies of the Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2019”

The established innovation award Bio-based Material of the Year” will once again be granted to novel, innovative and trendsetting bio-based materials and products. The target of the award is to bring new developments, launched in 2018 or to be launched in 2019, into the spotlight. The award is given by nova-Institute and sponsored by InfraServ Knapsack.

Call for posters

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Exhibition and sponsoring opportunities

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Your nova-Conference Team