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Biotech start-up Stabican is going to scale up at the Green Chemistry Campus in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands. There, the company is preparing the construction of a pilot plant. For this, Stabican will receive a contribution from the 'Incentive Programme Biobased Economy' of the municipality of Bergen op Zoom and the province of North-Brabant.
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“The Green Chemistry Campus is the ideal location for us to scale up,” says Robin de Bruijn, CTO and co-founder of Stabican. “The Campus is close to our R&D facility at the DAB laboratory in Bergen op Zoom, and the Campus site and facilities are ideally suited to the scale of our pilot process.”

Stabican has developed a unique platform technology for stabilizing food ingredients and pharmaceuticals. For instance, the company makes cannabis powder that can be kept at room temperature and from which pills can be made that are better absorbed in the body. Besides developing and selling raw materials, Stabican offers companies analysis methods to provide insight into the composition and quality of products.

Now the company wants to scale up the technology. Together with ChemXPro and the Green Chemistry Campus, Stabican will investigate what it will take to realise the pilot plant at the Green Chemistry Campus. In addition, Stabican wants to ensure that the pilot plant reuses almost all (>90%) auxiliary materials internally by optimising the recycling of water and solvents.

Incentive programme

Stabican is the fifth company to take advantage of the biobased incentive scheme. In September 2020, Bergen op Zoom municipality, in cooperation with the Green Chemistry Campus and with the help of a financial contribution from the province of North Brabant, made €1,187,500 available for EU SMEs active in the biobased economy. Companies can apply for up to €95,000 in co-financing.

Earlier, Fruitleather received a contribution for the further development of a plant-based alternative to leather based on mangoes, Dutch Water Tech received a contribution for the development of bio-based water plant islands, Terrawatt Biochar received a contribution from the incentive scheme for a pyrolysis pilot on Campus to develop biochar for CO2-negative asphalt, and Impershield developed a bio-based weed controller.

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