Success story overview

04 September 2019

Jean Monnet, the founding father of the European Economic Union, famously commented that 'people only accept change when they are faced with necessity, and only recognise necessity when a crisis is upon them.' But even when change is accepted, ensuring it leads to success is hard. The challenge of change is very apparent when it comes to those building the bioeconomy in Europe – a vibrant but varied area that encompasses agriculture, fisheries, forestry, paper, chemicals, energy and consumer products among other sectors.

How BBI JU has built the model for the successful expansion of Europe’s growing bioeconomy
22 August 2019

Entrepreneurs in the aquaculture sector face a problem – extracting all the valuable molecules from seaweed and algal cells is still really difficult. But marine enzymes and magnets are now making it easier to remove precious molecules and can even turn microalgae into magnetically-guided ‘vehicles’ for targeted drug delivery. The BBI JU VALUEMAG project is developing cutting-edge magnetic technology to this end.

BBI JU VALUEMAG project: Magnets are being used to extract algal molecules for the beauty and bioplastics industries
20 August 2019

Over the past three years, the BBI JU-funded BioCannDo project focused intensively on communicating bio-based products and the bioeconomy. The project team gained a lot of experience, which it would now like to share with other communicators. Ten key insights are presented in BioCannDo’s recent publication The BioCanndo experience: Let’s talk about bio-based products.

The BBI JU's BioCannDo experience: let’s talk about bio-based products
16 July 2019

BBI JU SUSBIND project’s highly sustainable bio-based binders will replace conventional fossil-based binders currently used for wood-based panel boards in furniture mass products. By substituting fossil-based chemicals with those from renewable resources, carbon footprint of furniture products will be reduced.

BBI JU SUSBIND project: Sustainable bio-based binders for furniture
15 July 2019

Biodegradable nappies and sanitary pads could reduce the burden that fossil-based plastic litter puts on nature. The prototypes currently developed are meant to be of higher quality, but still, they are more expensive than the similar conventional products on the market. The BBI JU POLYBIOSKIN and EMBRACED projects are working on making nappies more sustainable.

EMBRACED and POLYBIOSKIN - Sustainable nappies for eco-friendly generations
09 July 2019

The BBI JU GreenProtein project is transforming by-products from green vegetables and field crops into high-grade protein for the food industry. The finished product is a viable alternative to egg whites and whey protein - and has huge commercial potential.

BBI JU GreenProtein project: Novel protein product offers taste of success
21 June 2019

The food industry is hungry for more plant protein, which is why researchers are working on extracting more from current sources.

BBI JU PROMINENT project: Boosting plant protein in the diet to fuel human and environmental health
14 June 2019

Euronews Business Planet travelled to Finland in search of what is known as Europe's bioeconomy to see how firms with bright ideas are making a positive difference to our future with sustainable products. MetGen, an SME beneficiary of five BBI JU projects (BIOFOREVERBIOrescueSWEETWOODSUNRAVEL and WoodZymes), is featured in the report.

20 May 2019

The BBI JU BIOrescue project investigates how to transform used mushroom compost into valuable bio-based products such as biodegradable nanocarriers for drug encapsulation. These have now been successfully tested to reduce symptoms of a common grapevine disease.

Grapevine - BIOrescue - AdobeStock_100760836.jpeg
29 April 2019

BBI JU-funded project AFTERLIFE is developing a technology that filters, treats and converts wastewater from the food and drink industry into bioplastics and food additives.

AFTERLIFE is a BBI JU project transforming wastewater from food and drink industry into bioplastics and food additives.