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French decree supports bio-based and home compostable plastic bags

As of 1st July 2016, single-use carrier bags with a thickness of less than 50 microns will have to meet the French standard for home compositing and must comtain at least 30% bio-based material. The required minumum content of bio-based material is expected to increase to 40% in 2018, 50% in 2020 and 60% in 2025. You can read the full article from Packaging Europe here .  
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Innovative collaboration between IBioIC & Sports Labs highlighted in The Telegraph

Dr Ian Archer (IBioIC) and Sean Ramsay (Sports Labs) developed two innovative collaborations while watching their sons play football. Their research partnership explores how industrial biotechnology might be applied to artificial fooball pitches to (i) decontaminate artificial turf infected with harmful bacteria, and (ii) turn worn out pitches into other products, so diverting the waste...
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Do you have ideas that involve fermentation, bio-based materials & bio-pharma?

The Ajinomoto Group Innovation Alliance Program  provides open innovation opportunities for researchers and research institutions in the area of fermentation, bio-based materials (biotechnology, synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, bioinformatics) as well as biopharmaceutical manufacturing technology. The maximum research period project is 2 years with a maximum budged of...
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Valueform use their 2015 IBLF Award for analytical services from the Biorenewables Development Centre

Valueform Ltd were provided with analytical services by the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), after winning a 2015 IBLF Award. Valueform makes food packaging from 100% cereal waste, such as straw. BDC examined Valueform’s single use disposable products to see if they were suitable for further second use. They also investigated a new potential biomass waste resource for...
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New vaccines for global epidemics: Funding for development and manufacture

The Department of Health is to invest up to £10 million in two competition streams in line with the priorities identified by the UK Vaccine Network. Vaccines are among the most cost-effective medical countermeasure for confronting epidemics or pandemics. Their effectiveness in preventing disease outbreaks has been far-reaching, and their availability could significantly reduce...
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New Cost-Effective Process to Produce Biobased PLA

Researchers at the University of Leuven's Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis (Belgium) have published research in the journal Science that suggests a new method of simplifying the PLA production process and making it waste-free.   This new process is reduced to a single step: it has lowered 100C the temperature of the process: the productivity is increased (product...
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Fiberight uses IBLF Award to gain understanding of how to exploit IP with help from Greaves Brewster LLP

A 2015 IBLF Award allowed Fiberight Ltd to access the services of Greaves Brewster LLP , a firm of patent and trade mark attorneys. The award was put towards performing a patent search report which confirmed that Fiberight has freedom to operate (FTO) for its Fiberight process. They have also been able to determine a patent filing strategy. Dr Dhivya Puri of Fiberight said,...
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Bento-Bio provided with essential market research services by Inventya through IBLF Award

Bento Bioworks Ltd (Bento-Bio) were able to access innovation consultancy and market research services from Inventya thanks to a 2015 IBLF Award. Their product, the Bento Lab, is the first complete DNA laboratory, suitable for a beginner to a professional. Philipp Boeing, cofounder of Bento-Bio, said “Inventya helped us with essential market research for the university...
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Industrial Phycology improves brand identity with help from Research Media thanks to IBLF Award

Industrial Phycology (i-Phyc) were able to work with Research Media Ltd to improve their brand identity and website, thanks to a 2015 IBLF Award. i-Phyc is an award-winning SME that offers sustainable water recycling and nutrient recovery solutions, using microalgae at an industrial scale to treat wastewater from agricultural, industrial and municipal sources. Dr Daniel...
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Naturiol file patent for their insecticidal soaps with help from Mewburn Ellis and an IBLF Award

Naturiol BANGOR Ltd (Naturiol) received an IBLF Award to work with Intellectual Property experts at Mewburn Ellis Ltd . They were particularly interested in developing and filing a patent for their insecticidal soaps. Naturiol was established as a spin-out from Bangor University in 2014 to exploit background and foreground Intellectual Property in the identification, isolation and...
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Chain Biotechnology use IBLF Award to develop their website and brand with help from Starbit

CHAIN Biotechnology Ltd . (CHAIN)  used their IBLF Award to work with Starbit Limited , a design and digital media company. CHAIN is a relatively new company, founded in 2014 and based at Imperial College, London and the University of Nottingham. Their team deploys proprietary “cutting edge” synthetic biology methods to improve production characteristics across their...
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IBLF Award helps CelluComp access help from Ouzman IP to assess their IP environment

CelluComp Ltd was able to access advice on intellectual property and freedom to operate from Ouzman IP Ltd , after winning a 2015 IBLF Award. CelluComp is a dynamic material science company based in Scotland that develops high performance products based on sustainable resources. Their principle activity is to develop and commercialize Curran®, a material developed from the...
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New Patent for a Low-Cost Biofuel

Scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-Roorkee) patented a new technique for low-cost biofuel from weed, Kans grass ( Saccharium spontaneum ). Kans grass was chosen as ideal feedstock because it's high yielding, grows in marginal lands, doesn't need water supply, it's available through the year and it's cheap. The technology used to process this feedstock is...
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Here are the top 8 European Innovators in the Biotech Ecosystem

If you like to know who are the 8 of the top European Innovators of Forbes' "30 under 30" ranking in Science and Health care follow: LABIOTECH.eu
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Independent analysis of EMBL-EBI underscores the value & impact of open data in the life sciences

UK-based consultancy Charles Beagrie Ltd has published an in-depth analysis of the value and impact of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), an intergovernmental organisation that delivers freely available molecular data and services to scientists around the world. The report values the benefits to users and their funders at £1Bn per annum worldwide – equivalent to more than 20...
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On Line Training for Biotech Industries

This  new  training programme has been designed in consultation with existing UK industries to address this skills shortage. Since this programme is aimed at people who are already working, training is via distance learning and we hope to complement this with some workshops. Courses to start soon: Conversion, Separation and Transformation Technologies , starting...
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Bioplastic Award 2015 Winners

The 9th Bioplastics Award recognises innovation, success and achievements by manufacturers, processors, brand owners, or users of bioplastic materials. To be eligible for consideration in the awards scheme the proposed company, product, or service must have been developed or have been on the market during 2013 or 2014. The "Bioplastic Oscar"  was awarded to two winners:  ...
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IB brings solutions to fashion industry to increase its sustainability.

Fashion is one of the least-sustainable industries. As part of an effort by Swedish multinational retail-clothing company to seek new circular approaches throughout the whole fashion value chain, the Global Change Awards (€1,000,000 grant) was launched. Initiated by H&M Conscious Foundation, the awards seek to change the way fashion is designed, produced, shipped, bought, used and...
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Biorenewable Nylon form Yeast and Sugar

Engineers from Iowa State University have developed a technique to create biorenewable nylon from sugar using a genetically modified strain of yeast and a form of hybrid catalysis. Follow this link to interview to the two lead reseachers who have developed this new process. 
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Call for presentations: KTN workshop on Advanced Sensing for Biosciences, 16 March, London

Much of the recent revolution in Bioscience and Clinical research has come through our ability to study the behaviour of biological systems at the molecular, cellular and physiological scales. Applying these insights to major challenges and market opportunities depend on further advances to ensure that studies continue to increase their sensitivity, selectivity and ease of use. KTN is...
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Dstl showcases its work in the emerging technology area of synthetic biology

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory ( Dstl ) is committing up to £18 million over the next 4 years exploring the potential impact of synthetic biology on the UK’s defence and security capabilities. The government has identified synthetic biology as a key high-growth emerging technology. Synthetic biology has been described as the design and engineering of biologically based...
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Phytofutures assisted by IP specialists Mewburn Ellis

An IBLF Award allowed Phytofutures  to access a number of services from Intellectual Property (IP) specialists   Mewburn Ellis . Phytofutures is a start-up company working, amongst other topics, on the use of algae for bioremediation, recycling and upgrading valuable nutrients. Firstly, they had two very useful meetings to discuss the IP landscape around Phytofutures...
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IBLF Award allows Aragreen to undertake valuable IP research with GreavesBrewster LLP

Aragreen (UK) Ltd used their 2015 IBLF Award to access the expertise of Greaves Brewster LLP's  Intellectual Property specialists. Aragreen wished to make a patent application in relation to a novel product for non-chemical treatment of water for algae contamination. The findings of the IP work allowed Aragreen to make strategic decisions on the direction of its future...
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Key enabling technologies foster economic growth, especially in low-tech EU regions

A first-time analysis finds that key enabling technologies (KETs) – such as nano electronics or industrial biotechnologies – directly boost EU regions’ growth.  Comparison with specialisation in fast growing technologies (FGTs), which have the power to disrupt markets, shows that FGTs only indirectly affect regional growth, through the impact on regions’ innovation performances...
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Carlsberg "Cheers to green ideas" awarded: Using microalgae to produce biomass

Congratulations to the 2 students from Heriot-Watt University that won the Cheers from green ideas award from Carlsberg. “ Cheers to green ideas ” is an initiative to source-crowding ideas to make beer more sustainable.  The ideas provided should help Carlsberg improve the environmental impact of beer, from production of raw materials, to brewing and transportation, all the way...
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