The Core of the Bioeconomy: New Developments in Bio-based Building Blocks and Platform Chemicals: 10th International Conference on Bio-based Materials, 10-11 May 2017, Cologne, Germany

For its 10th anniversary, the Conference on Bio-based Materials, 10-11 May, Cologne, Germany, has a special focus: Bio-based building blocks and platform chemicals

One of the biggest events in Europe: 250 participants expected – Start-up SessionInnovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year 2017" – already 12 exhibitors

The bioeconomy is developing well. Most investment is going to the core of the bioeconomy: bio-based building blocks and platform chemicals. The capacities show a two-digit yearly growth. Based on this, new building blocks, new bio-based polymers, coatings, surfactants and others will follow. “For the conference, we were able to get the ten leading companies worldwide to Cologne – a unique opportunity to meet the pioneers in the field at one place”, says Michael Carus, Managing Director of organizer nova-Institute. In addition the latest market data and policy trends will be presented at the conference by international experts.

In the tradition of supporting promising technologies and innovative ideas, the Bio-based Materials Conference will again feature two items on its agenda dedicated to this cause:
The start-up session supports young companies with networking and cooperation opportunities and connects them to potential partners from industry and finance. Several start-ups will show their latest development and are looking for industrial partners. Start-ups wishing to participate can still send a document presenting their product, process, used feedstock and target markets to and also highlight the real innovation and the benefits of the product/technology.

The prestigious innovation award "Bio-based Material of the Year 2017“ will be awarded for the tenth time. The advisory board will make a preselection of all applications and narrow the field down to a “Top 6” new materials and products. The final decision will be made by the conference participants after the nominees presented their innovations. Applications are still open until end of February.

Please find here the list of exhibitors: ++ Addiplast Group (FR) ++ Buss AG (CH) ++ DIN CERTCO Gesellschaft für Konformitätsbewertung mbH (DE) ++ Meo Carbon Solutions GmbH (DE) ++ Borregaard (NO) ++ Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (DE) ++ nova-Institut GmbH (DE) ++ Bio-based Material of the Year 2017 ++ Fraunhofer UMSICHT (DE) ++ Jäckering Mühlen- und Nährmittelwerke GmbH (DE) ++ Superbio (EU) ++ ZENIT GmbH (DE)

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Preliminary Programme 

1st Day, 10 May 2017

  Registration and welcome coffee
  Michael Carus, nova-Institute, DE: Conference Opening

Policy and Markets

  Chairman: N.N.


Willem Vaessen, Deloitte, NL

People-Planet-Profit: The Societal Return on Investment in Bio-based Chemicals and Materials

Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH, DE

Production Capacities of Bio-based Polymers and their Precursors

Dr. Wolfgang Baltus, Wobalt Expedition Consultancy, TH

Emerging Bio-based Economies in Asia - Challenges and Opportunities

  Philippa Davies, Tecnon OrbiChem, UK Overview on Markets of Bio-based Building Blocks
Dr. Harald Kaeb, Narocon Innovation Consulting, DE  "Bagislation" in Italy and France: Market Motor for Bio-based Plastics?
Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH, DE Highlights from nova Research in 2016

Standardisation, Labelling and Certifications

Lara Dammer, nova-Institut GmbH, DE News from Standardisation, Labelling and Public Procurement of Bio-based Products
Marcelle Peuckert, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), CH Driving the Development of the Bio Economy
  Norbert Schmitz, ISCC System GmbH DE Sustainable Supply Chains and Certification 4.0 - Core Building Block for Bio-Based Materials

Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year 2017"

  Will be nominated, more details here.  
  Dinner buffet and Innovation Award Ceremony

2nd Day, 11 May 2017

Bio-based Building Blocks and Platform Chemicals

  Chairmen: Christiaan Bolck, Wageningen UR, NL & Ludo Diels, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), BE
Gudbrand Rødsrud, Borregaard, NO

Established and New Applications for Lignin, Hemicellulose and Cellulose 

  Matti Heikkilä, MetGen, FI Industrial Enzymes for Cellulosic Sugars and Beyond - the Power and Speed of Tailored Solutions

Thomas Kläusli, AVALON Industries, CH

Everything from Sugar - 5-HMF as Key Enabler in Bio-based Chemistry - Abstract here

  Christian Lenges, DuPont, US Enzymatic Polymerization: Biotechnology Enabled Polysaccarides & Applications - Abstract here
Alexander Krapivin, Reverdia, NL Biosuccinium® - Unlocking the Bio-Based Polymers of Tomorrow - Abstract here
  Tim Davies, Green Biologics, UK A Chemical Reaction: Changing Commodities into High Value Specialty Products
  Nathalie Berezina, Ynsect, FR Insects - Noval Source of Biomaterials
  Alex Kedo, Cathay Industrial Biotech Ltd., CN 1,5-Pentanediamine as a New Monomer for Bio-based Polyamides
Marcel van Berkel, GFB Europe BV, NL Levulinic Acid Based Super Solvents

Oleochemicals and Bio-based Polymers 

Chairman: Prof. Dr. Jörg Müssig, Hochschule Bremen, DE
Francois de Bie, Corbion, NL  


Peter Greven, Peter Greven GmbH & Co. KG, DE


Antonio Touriño Couso, FORESA, ES Bio-solutions and Actual Alternatives in the Wood Based Industry to Obtain a Greener Foot Print



Chairman: N.N.

Dr.Dr. Uwe Bölz, HPX Polymers GmbH, DE

Development of New Bio-degradable Materials Based on Waste Materials from Industrial Processing of Renewable Resources - Abstract here

Martin Bellof, Autodisplay Biotech GmbH, DE

Utilisation of Empty Fruit Bunches - a Step towards a more Sustainable Production of Palm Oil


Elena Benedetti, AEP Polymers Sri, IT

Biobased Phenolics: Development of New Industrial Polymers for Fibre-reinforced Composites and Polyurethane Foams - Abstract here


Registration is online at:

Our thanks go to InfraServ Knapsack, Sponsor of the Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year 2017"!

We are looking forward to meeting you at the conference.

Your nova conference team