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Industrial Biotechnology is currently worth €23 billion representing just 6 % in sales of the overall worldwide chemicals market. However, it is significantly out-performing the overall chemicals market at an impressive 20 % annual growth rate and has the potential to become the dominant technology of tomorrow’s chemicals industry, representing a huge future opportunity.
Delivering on this opportunity will require significant investment, innovation and value chain development and most importantly new collaborations across the sector. Additionally we are faced with important challenges posed by high energy prices, the impact of the shale gas boom on the development of biobased chemicals markets and the ongoing need for predictable, coherent and supportive policy in the EU.
In order to understand and overcome these challenges and prosper in tomorrow’s bioeconomy, for more than ten years, industry experts throughout the vibrant and innovative biobased community have come together to one central location every year to discuss the key issues and gain a snapshot of the most significant developments on scale up of commercial biorefineries around the world.
That location is the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy (EFIB), where delegates are provided with an update on the status and outlook of biobased industries. EFIB is proud to foster engagement between policy makers, a broad range of stakeholders connected with the existing biobased value chain and seeks to reach out to, and include, new interlocutors.
In the last decade, EFIB delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers have been showcasing innovative products and processes that deliver solutions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This year, we celebrate the Industrial biotech communities’ latest achievements in harnessing the power of innovation to deliver solutions to global grand challenges. Influential brands and industry leaders will meet in Toulouse, France, with a broad range of stakeholders and policy makers to discuss the transformative potential of Industrial Biotechnology to create a smarter and more sustainable future.
START-UP VILLAGE @EFIB
For the first time, the START-UP VILLAGE @EFIB offers young founders who are active in industrial biotechnology and bioeconomy strong visibility among the international 500+ EFIB attendees, representing sector stakeholders from companies, academics, SMEs, investors, policy makers, NGOs and media. The START-UP VILLAGE@EFIB is a new central meeting point to bring together innovative young businesses with investors as well as industrial corporations.
Deadline to submit applications: 27th of August
If you have brought, or you are looking to bring an innovative bio-based, biorefinery or biotechnology process towards commercialisation, join the Pilots4U workshop. Pilots4U has set up one easily accessible database of open-access pilot and demonstration infrastructure for the European bioeconomy. The project also carried out an online survey to understand the equipment and related services required by (potential) users of open-access pilot facilities.
By comparing the established database with the survey results, Pilost4U is currently performing a gap analysis to understand where the EU may have over/under capacity and vulnerabilities now and in the near future. These results will be the initial point for discussion during the workshops and the basis for investment business cases to improve and strengthen the European landscape of pilot and demonstration facilities.
These interactive workshops will bring together industry, researchers and experts from pilot plants to discuss the state of the European open-access pilot and demonstration infrastructure for the bioeconomy. They will also examine the different opportunities to improve service delivery and interconnection between open-access facilities.
Registrations for the workshop work on a "first come, first served" basis and the reception capacity is fixed at 30 people.