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AgroParis Tech's Team BioAroma from France has won the first prize in the BISC-E Student Competition 2023 at the final round on 28 September 2023. Their winning project concerns an innovative approach to the production of 2-phenylethanol (2-PE), an aroma substance with a rose-like odour.
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BioAroma’s proposal is to sustainably produce 2-PE through fermentation using a non-genetically modified yeast strain and low-cost food by-products as substrates, such as apple pomace and whey.

The annual BISC-E competition is part of BIC’s efforts to promote entrepreneurship in education by challenging students to propose breakthrough biobased innovations to solve environmental, societal or economic problems. National preliminary rounds took place in several European countries this year. The national winners competed in a first round where a jury of academic experts selected the top five. The five finalists then presented to the jury of industry experts and participated in question-and-answer sessions.

The students will receive their prize of €5,000 and a year of free BIC membership at the BIC Anniversary Event on 5 October in Brussels. The entries of the five finalist teams can still be viewed on the BIC YouTube channel.

An interview with the winners of BIC-E 2023, among others, will follow soon on Agro&Chemistry.

Image: Team BioAroma