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The 12th edition of EFIB took place in Brussels at the beginning of this month. About 500 delegates from 32 countries attended the two-day conference and/or the preceding preconference event.
Editorial office / Brussels

EFIB is EuropaBio’s leading biotechnology-event on themes such as biobased plastics and industrial processes, food and feed, textiles and fashion, new raw materials, national bio-economy strategies, the link between bio-economy and circular economy, the contribution of industrial biotechnology to create a healthy and sustainable planet, new funds, accelerators and incubators to finance the bio-economy, and more.

The video accompanying this news message gives an impression of the first conference day (1 October) on which various sessions and presentations were shown on industrial biotechnology, bioplastics, algae and insects.

Protein plant

Various innovations were shown and announced during EFIB. Such as the BioImpulse project from Michelin, with a size of € 28 million, aimed at creating a new adhesive resin without toxic substances. María Mendiluce, Managing Director for Climate & Energy, Cities & Mobility and Circular Economy at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), announced the publication of a ‘CEO guide for the Bioeconomy’ that will help companies set up a strategy in this field.

The John Sime Award for the best innovation presentation in the biobased field was won by the French SME company Ÿnsect for the third time. Ÿnsect produces insects as high-quality ingredients for aquaculture, animal feed and fertilizers and received funding this year by the Horizon2020 BBI JU program for the FARMYNG project, in which a first fully automated, insect-based protein plant is being built.

From 20 academic posters that were exhibited during EFIB, Thomas Gassler from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna was awarded for his poster about CarboFeed: a biotech-based platform technology for CO2 use in yeast.

Next year’s EFIB will take place on October 5 and 6 in Frankfurt / Main.