BIOCHEM Project Partners

Eight countries take part in the BIOCHEM partnership: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom. The BIOCHEM consortium partners include innovation agencies, venture and public funding bodies as well as programme consultancies:

ASTER S. cons. P. A. (Italy)

ASTER is the Regional Innovation Agency in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It was established since 1985 in order to stimulate the regional competitiveness via technology transfer and innovation actions. To date it is the consortium created among the EmiliaRomagna Regional Government, the universities of the region, the most important national Research Centres (located in the regional territory) such as CNR, ENEA, INAF and INFM, the regional Union of Chambers of Commerce & Industry and the regional Entrepreneurial Associations. Aster's mission is to promote industrial research, technology transfer & innovation within the regional productive system and beyond, supporting co-operation between all actors that have an important role in the process (research, industry, financial actors, service providers, local authorities). This role is now committed by the first regional law for Innovation in Italy, launched in 2002.

Cefic (Belgium)

Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council the Brussels-based organization representing the European chemical industry. Cefic represents, directly or indirectly, about 29,000 large, medium and small chemical companies which employ about 1.3 million people and account for nearly a third of world chemical production.

Chemistry Innovation - Knowledge Transfer Network (UK)

Chemistry Innovation is funded by the UK government as a Knowledge Transfer Network. Its main aim is to help the chemistry using industries in the UK to access, from a single source, the knowledge base in science, engineering and manufacturing, thereby enabling those industries to innovate faster and more successfully.

CPI - Center for Process Innovation (UK)

The Centre for Process Innovation was established by the Regional Development Agency for North East England. CPI was formed in 2004 with an aim to proactively foster and nurture the growth of the biotechnology and chemical processing sectors by stimulating and strengthening research, development and innovation in SMEs and large organisations based in the region. CPI footprint embraces emerging technologies for advanced processing, low carbon energy, printed electronics and functional material. CPI has made significant capital investment in innovative bio-process and chemical process technologies and has established an open access facility – the UK's state-of-the-art National Industrial Biotechnology Facility (NIBF), which offers the unique "gene-to-kilo" services for industrial biotechnologists.

Dechema e.V. (Germany)

DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie (Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) is a non-profit scientific society based in Frankfurt am Main. Founded in 1926, it has over 5,800 members representing scientists, engineers, companies, organizations and institutes. DECHEMA‟s mission is to actively advance the development of chemical and biotechnological technologies and processes and to promote the transfer of novel findings from research and development to industrial applications. VBU, the Association of German Biotech Companies, was founded in October 1996 as part of DECHEMA e.V. with now over 220 corporate members; it is the largest and longest established German biotechnology association. VBU represents companies from all biotechnology sectors.

Essenscia (Belgium)

Essenscia is the Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences Industries. Essenscia is a multisectoral umbrella organization that represents the numerous sectors of activities in the field of chemicals and the life sciences. It includes over 670 companies representing more than 95% of the overall turnover in the sector. The structure of Essenscia is modeled on the reality of the Belgian institutions, with federal, regional and community areas of competence.

Europe UNLIMITED (Belgium)

Established in 1998, Europe UNLIMITED (eUN) provides critical business resources to dynamic and innovative technology entrepreneurs, allowing them to successfully build and maintain healthy businesses. eUN represents the largest network of Europe's most promising and pioneering entrepreneurial businesses, active in all major innovation sectors. eUN connect dynamic entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate investors, researchers and universities as well as policy makers to create positive conditions for innovation.

Fast Track Consulting (Belgium)

FTC was founded in October 2006 by Christian DE NEEF, and offers consulting services in several areas (mostly: Innovation Management, Knowledge & Document Management, Project management)

Federacion Empresarial de la Industria Quimica Espanola (Spain)

The Spanish Chemical Industry Federation (Feique) is the highest representative organization of the Spanish Chemical Sector. Feique's articles of association enable it to represent the chemical industry in its dealings with national competent authorities and other administrations as well as with other institutional bodies, professional employers and worker's organizations, national and international economic and social institutions and any other type of public and private national or foreign organizations. Feique represents and watches over the interests of the Spanish Chemical Sector, which consists of more than 3400 companies. They have an overall turnover of 50.000 M€ and employ 130000 workers. Feique cooperates with the appropriate national authorities in drawing up and implementing regulations that apply to the chemical industry.

IMADE (Spain)

IMADE is the Regional Development Agency of Madrid. Founded in 1984, as a Public Body, its activity evolved since the initial steps, very much focused in supporting measures to mature industrial sectors and employment safeguard, to a much more modern and dynamic approach in the early 90's. At this time innovation policies related to specific sectors were designed and implemented, and Technology Centers created (Laser Technology, Robotics, Design, Quality, etc) to support regional SMEs. This period saw the interaction with European networks and platforms such as Rinno, Innovation Relay Centers Network, EuroInfo Centres and EURADA (European Association of Regional Development Agencies). Moreover, the Institute manages several funding programs aimed at increasing the competitiveness and efficiency of the private sector (SMEs in particular) in a globalised world, through an intensive Research and Development and Innovation activity, as well as the creation of Technology-based companies.

InvestorNet-Gate2Growth (Denmark)

The <> portal website is managed, funded and operated by InvestorNet-Gate2Growth of which the trademark is a registered by the European Commission. From 2001 to 2006 the Initiative was supported by the European Commission under its Innovation/SMEs programme. Still today, the online portal aims to support innovative entrepreneurs in Europe as well as to assist Innovation Professionals to improve their capacity to assist entrepreneurs by fostering networking and the exchange of experience and good practice at European level. Among others, these include early stage technology venture capital investors, managers of technology incubators, managers of industrial liaison and technology transfer. thus provides tools, infrastructure and support services directed to innovative entrepreneurs as well as to their supporters.

Madrid Biocluster (Spain)

The legal entity ASOCIACION MADRID PLATAFORMA DE BIOTECNOLOGÍA (MADRID BIOCLUSTER) includes among its founders the Regional Ministry of Economy and Consumption, and the Research Universities of the Regional Government of Madrid. Its Board of Directors is also composed of six of the most important biotechnology companies in Madrid, with products and services in fields such as Human Health, Animal Health, Nanotechnology, Agro-food, and Diagnostics. One of the main aims of MADRID BIOCLUSTER is to establish the Region of Madrid as an international pole for Biotechnology, boosting collaboration among companies, Universities, research centres and Regional Public Administrations, thus ensuring close cooperation between the public and private sectors.

NWO - Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (Netherlands)

NWO is the Dutch funding organisation with a legal mandate form the Ministry of Education and Science. NWO has the following statutory mission. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research is responsible for enhancing the quality and innovative nature of scientific research as equally initiating and stimulating new developments in scientific research. NWO is composed of several Councils, covering all science areas. Chemical Sciences (CW) is one of these councils, as well is ACTS (Advanced Chemical Technologies for Sustainability), a temporary council (founded in 2002 for a period of 7 years, recently continued to 2014) which coordinates public private partnerships on sustainable chemistry. Budget of each is 15-20 M€ per year. NWO Chemical Sciences and ACTS have developed a special policy to stronger involve SMEs in the programs, e.g., by allowing in kind contributions by SMEs.

PNO Consultants (Netherlands)

PNO Consultants was founded in the Netherlands in 1984 and is a leading independent consultancy, present in 12 countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom. PNO has close to 400 employees and supports its clients in analysing needs, defining projects, selecting partners for national and international grant projects. We support the whole development process of innovative business ideas and proposals, towards regional, national and European grant programmes. PNO builds competitive advantage by being the best partner for organisations in using grants for matching strategic objectives of public authorities with those of stakeholders in society. As such PNO supports industries, Public Administration and research organisations in the definition and implementation of their innovation strategies, through the development of EU and national R&D projects, the exploitation and dissemination of advanced technologies, the setting up of international technology transfer networks and knowledge sharing communities. In general PNO is involved in more than 2.000 project proposals per year with a strong client base and track record both in the chemical industry, biotech and eco-innovation.

Pöyry Forest Industry Consulting (Finland)

Pöyry Forest Industry Consulting is one of the world‟s leading advisors in business strategy, operations and processes to the forest products industry cluster. Pöyry has strong business understanding and industry expertise covering the complete value chain, from raw materials to technology, markets and financing. The company has a global network of experts and offices (Australia, Brazil, CAN, China, Finland, GER, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, S, UK and USA). In Europe, Pöyry is represented by a closely-knit European network and has a turnover around 30 M€. Services provided by Pöyry include e.g. analyses and advice related to forest resources, forest management, wood supply, innovations, environmental issues, operation improvement of industrial installations, new technologies, business strategies, market and production forecasts and cost-competitiveness.

SC Sviluppo Chimica S.A. (Italy)

Sviluppo Chimica is a service company totally owned by Federchimica (the Italian Federation of the Chemical Industry), which is a member of Confindustria (General Confederation of the Italian Industry) and CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council). SC works closely with Federchimica and will draw from Federchimica the know-how on bioprocesses. In particular, Federchimica supports and participates in Suschem Italy, the national platform-initiative for a sustainable chemistry. The primary objective of the Federchimica Group is the coordination and development of the Italian chemical industry.

University of Manchester (UK)

The School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical science at the University of Manchester <> is one of the largest and most diverse schools within our discipline in the world, comprising 52 members of academic staff, 48 dedicated contract researchers and 40 technical and administrative support staff. We carry out research into a wide range of subjects related to the process industries. Each year, our research staff publishes more than 150 peer-reviewed papers about our research in academic journals. The School's research work ranges from traditional chemical engineering subjects to software development by our Process Integration specialists to biotechnology research in the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre (MIB).

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