BE-Basic newsletter July 2016 

In this issue we would like to inform you about recent highlights within the BE-Basic Foundation such as the Annual Report 2015, the first edition of the ECO-BIO Conference, different new partnerships and international news. 
Have a nice summer and enjoy reading this edition of our newsletter!

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Annual Report 2015 is ready!
BE-Basic's recent developments     

We are pleased to present to you the public BE-Basic Annual Report 2015. This report highlights the various research projects within the Flagships and demonstrates our expanding International activities.

ECO-BIO 2016
Conference on biobased economy

The first edition of the ECO-BIO Conference, organised by BE-Basic and Elsevier, was a big success. The event, visited by 380 participants from around the world, took place in March at the World Trade Center in Rotterdam. The aim of the conference was to discuss the needs of a biobased economy from an academic, environmental and societal point of view. Feedback from delegates showed about 90% of the participants felt the event was useful, offered good opportunities to network and was well organised. 

Here you can find an impression of the event.

Macroeconomic Outlook ll
Sustainable biorenewables innovations

The first copy of the new report ‘Macro-economic outlook of sustainable biorenewables innovations (MEVII)’ was presented to Dutch MP Stientje van Veldhoven during the opening ceremony of the first ECO-BIO Conference 2016. The report was developed jointly by BE-Basic, TKI-BBE, University of Utrecht and LEI Wageningen UR. It analyses future needs and the impact of implementing a biobased economy in the Netherlands and includes recommendations for policy makers and industry. 

Read here more about the report.

New international partnerships 
MOU's signed during ECO-BIO

Several new international partnerships were officially established during the ECO-BIO conference in March of this year. BE-Basic and Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB), both public-private biobased innovation clusters, signed a MoU to consolidate their partnership. BE-Basic and Agropolo Campinas-Brazil agreed to join forces to further develop the agro and industrial sectors, focussing on a sustainable biobased economy. And the Cluster Industrial Biotechnology (CLIB2021) and BE-Basic agreed to increase and strengthen the collaboration between Brazil, the Netherlands and Germany.

Brazil activities
BE-Basic office in Campinas 

Read here more about BE-Basic activities, new partnerships and the educational program in Brazil.
If you are interested in cooperating with Brazilian parties, please contact us.

Vietnam activities
Biobased research program     

For many years already BE-Basic cooperates with the Vietnam Academy of Science & Technology (VAST) by means of a Joint Research Programme. The aim is to setup and execute a biobased research program within Vietnam via a Dual Degree Program to improve soil quality and nutrient recycling. Eight projects are up and running. 
If you are interested to cooperate with Vietnamese parties and/or participate in the Dual Degree Program please contact us.

Launch IBPR report 
Iso-Butanol Platform Rotterdam

In April the public version of the Iso-Butanol Platform Rotterdam (IBPR) report has been presented to Ms. Adri Bom-Lemstra, the Representative of the Province of South Holland. Province of South Holland supports projects and companies that stimulate green chemical building blocks and has financially contributed to the project via the EFRO. The consortium demonstrated the technical feasibility of a bio-refinery in the Rotterdam area based on the platform molecule isobutanol. The project encompassed the entire value chain from lignocellulosic biomass up to and including the high value end-products striving for entire biomass valorisation.

Read here more about the consortium partners and the IBPR report.

Holland Biotech Pavilion at WCIB
WCIB 2016 San Diego      

The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology took place from the 17th until the 20th of April 2016 in San Diego. The Netherlands was represented in the Holland Biotech Pavilion, which included 14 Dutch organisations and companies with a focus on biotechnology, biochemistry, energy, feedstock production, transport and logistics. New this year was the participation of 5 companies from the BioInnovation Growth Mega-Cluster (BIG-C); an innovative cluster in the field of bio-based innovation from North-Rhine Westphalia, the Netherlands and Flanders. The eye-catching pavilion was coordinated for the 4th time in a row by BE-Basic Foundation (requested by Topteam Chemie) as part of the Strategic Conferences Program.

Read here more about the event.
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