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11 Jul, 2016

Opportunities to advance the UK Bioeconomy in the Construction sector

By | July 11th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Iris Anderson, BBIA Ambassador I have recently returned from a trip to Japan and was struck by the nation's fast pace and technological advancement. The Japanese still utilise biomaterials for important projects especially when restoring monuments of significance. One such amazing edifice is the Shogun castle at Himeji, which is built entirely from wood and [...]

8 Jul, 2016

Novamont agrees deal to develop renewable bags for fruits and vegetables

By | July 8th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA member Novamont and French leading producer of plastic films Barbier Group have announced that they have signed a partnership aimed at the development of a new kind of bioplastic lightweight bag for fruits and vegetables, as an alternative to traditional non-biodegradable and non-compostable plastic packaging, called Ma-Ter-Bio (the bag for planet Earth). The bag is made of [...]

6 Jul, 2016

IBioIC announces establishment of doctoral training centre

By | July 6th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA member the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) has announced that it has established the Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training (SCDT) in Industrial Biotechnology. Developed in collaboration with the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and funded by the University of Strathclyde, industry and IBioIC, the centre aims to train the next generation of research [...]

29 Jun, 2016

EIB adds to lending money available from Funding Circle

By | June 29th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to lend £100 million through Funding Circle, a business financing company that has facilitated more than £1.25 billion of loans to 16,000 businesses in the UK since its launch in 2010. The company says there is now more money than every before to lend to British businesses, whether they are [...]

24 Jun, 2016

BBIA partners in PHA-from-waste project, looking for stakeholder participants

By | June 24th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA is partnering in a consortium awarded a EU grant under the Horizon 2020 programme. The project, Res Urbis, led by the University of La Sapienza Rome, will experiment in the production of polyhydroxy acid (PHA) from the organic fraction of Municipal Solid Waste. Beginning in 2017, the project will last three years and has [...]

23 Jun, 2016

Industrial Biotechnology workshop presentations now available on BBIA website

By | June 23rd, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Presentations for the workshop on industrial biotechnology and the UK's bioeconomy strategy organised by BBIA at the University of York on 28 April are now available for members in the Members' Area of the BBIA website. Among the 12 presentations given by leading members of the biotechnology sector are talks on research into bio-based growth, [...]

22 Jun, 2016

Deadline for submissions to International Symposium on Biopolymers extended

By | June 22nd, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

The deadline for abstracts submitted to the International Symposium on Biopolymers 2016 has been extended to 30 June. ISBP2016 is being held in Madrid on 26-29 September and as part of the event is calling for researchers to contribute to the programme by submitting abstracts for oral or poster presentations on their current research work and results. The organising [...]

14 Jun, 2016

Consumption of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in Europe could treble by 2020

By | June 14th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

The nova-Institute has published a comprehensive market study on the consumption of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in Europe, showing that the 100,000 tonnes consumed in 2015 could rise to 320,000 tonnes by 2020. Compostable plastic bags dominate the market for biodegradable plastics in Europe, making up about two-thirds of the total market. Disposable tableware [...]

9 Jun, 2016

Spotlight on Scotland

By | June 9th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Iris Anderson, BBIA Ambassador Scotland is striving, through various initiatives, to define and embrace the concepts of a circular economy as set out by the European Commission in its December 2015 package. The Scottish Circular Economy Business Network was launched in November 2015, and a programme of events for 2016/17 was drawn up. On 2 [...]

7 Jun, 2016

TEDx to host bioplastics presentation – 18 June

By | June 7th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Kathryn Sheridan, CEO of bioeconomy communications and PR agency Sustainability Consult, is to present a TEDx talk on bioplastics at the #bitsoflove event in Ghent, Belgium on 18 June. Sheridan's talk, 'Bioplastic Fantastic: why we don't need oil for plastics', will make the case for leaving oil in the ground and showing how plastics and other [...]