News & Events

Recent news and events about BIVAC

BIVAC Partner Meeting: Linking up with the Producers, May 6th, 2019, Hochschule Rhein-Waal, Kleve

The BIVAC teams discussed the development of close cooperation with the producers of waste streams from the food industry (Mr. Koenen, Kühne AG) and programmed meetings with further producers in agriculture and processing industry.

The BIVAC Team visting the Climate-House at the Rhine-Waal University in Kleve

Phytowelt GreenTechnologies wins “Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award” in the category Ag-Biotech

The jury honoured Phytowelt for its holistic approach, in which energy crops are optimized through innovative plant breeding as in the case of the highly pure raspberry aroma R-alpha-ionone which is considered as a flagship product.

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Newspaper De Limburger: “Drivers of Innovation” (28 February 2019)

In February, Guido Jach and Dirk Wascher had been interviewed at EUREGIO to provide input to an press article on project advancements. We reported about BIVAC and the article had put the Grassa approach central to its review.

Please see the following link: Artikel-De-Limburger-over-innovatieve-projecten


Upcoming Events

SynbiTECH 2019: Evolve, Enable, Expand: Engineering the future with Synthetic Biology, 24-25 June 2019, Qeii Centre, London

SynbiTECH is an international conference taking place this June in London for experts engaged in synthetic biology research, commercialisation, investment and policymaking. SynbiTECH 2019 will focus on the key opportunities and challenges for building a multibillion-dollar synthetic biology industry that will contribute to the fast-growing bio-economy.

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Recent Events

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

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. Bio-based polymers can be found in almost all application sectors, such as packaging, consumer goods, toys, automotive, textiles or coating. New bio-based building blocks are also available for body care, cosmetics, food ingredients and pharmaceuticals. On top of that, more and more biogenic side streams from the food industry are utilised via biotechnology as part of the circular bioeconomy.

Every year the Innovation AwardBio-based Material of the Year” is given to the most innovative material and product on the market. In 2019, six companies will be nominated by an expert jury, out of which the winner will be chosen during the conference.  Join one of the biggest B2B events of the year and experience the most exciting new developments and strategies in bioeconomy.
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.

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Forum for the Future of Agriculture, Brussels, April 9th 2019

Participation of Dirk Wascher, contributing with input to the plenary session on BIVAC achievements.

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BIVAC Partner Meeting: Planning the Activities for 2019, 13 February 2019, BioCampus Cologne

On the roof of the BioCampus Tower – standing: D. Wascher (Phytowelt), Patrick Lemmens (BTC), Hans Derksen (BRS), Britta Brands & Matthias Kleinke (HSRW), Bram Koopmans (Grassa); sitting: Marieke Vanthoor (Grassa), Ingrid Torres-Monroy (Phytowelt) and Ed Hamoen (NF Fibre)


Past Events

Bioprocessing Days: Processing Intelligence, 18.02.-20.02.2019, Recklinghausen, Germany

This year’s Bioprocessing Days are focusing on process intelligence and PAT in biotechnology. Visit our booth to learn more about our systems for modern bioprocessing solutions. Poster-Input on BIVAC by Britta Brands.

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BIO-raffiniert X – Neue Wege in der Nutzung biogener Rohstoffe?, 26.2.2019 – 27.2.2019, Oberhausen, Germany 

BIO-raffiniert feiert Jubiläum: 2003 begründet, findet 2019 die zehnte Veranstaltung der Kongressreihe statt! Das Jubiläum ist Anlass zum Rück- und Ausblick. Wie 2003 gehen wir dabei der Frage »Neue Wege in der Nutzung biogener Rohstoffe?« nach. Ziel der Kongressreihe ist es, die Meinungsbildung rund um die Nutzung nachwachsender Rohstoffe zu gestalten und den Austausch zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Wirtschaft zu fördern. Neben Fraunhofer UMSICHT laden die EnergieAgentur.NRW und CLIB mit dem regionalen Innovationsnetzwerk Stoffströme zu BIO-raffiniert X ein.

More information (in German): Registration Programme

22nd Global Congress on Biotechnology, 28.2 – 02.3. 2019, Golden Tulip Berlin, Germany

Theme: Addressing New Challenges and emerging issues in Biotechnology

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2nd International Biotechnology Conference, 03.4-5. 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden

The 2nd International biotechnology conference is organized in Gothenburg to build a collaborative relationship and work toward shared objective of creating sustainable world.

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