On the 27th and 28th of September, the International Forum on Biotechnology and Bioeconomy IFIB 2018 took place in Torino (Italy). The event was organised by Assobiotec, the Italian Association for the development of biotechnology which is part of the national Federation of Chemical Industry (Federchimica), together with Innovhub-SSI, the Italian Green Chemistry Cluster SPRING, Regione Piemonte and University of Turin – aimed at strengthening the bioeconomy network in the Euro-Mediterranean area and to promote partnerships.
The focus of the Forum was biotechnology, as provider of new resources for industries.
IFIB was organised into round tables and sessions devoted to specific sub-sectors of industrial biotechnology: bio-based industries, agro-food, energy, environment policies on industrial biotech and bioeconomy, involving international speakers coming from key sector’s players.
In Innovarum, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to attend this event and learn all about the future of the European bio-economy. In fact, one of the most anticipated speeches was the one of Mrs. Elisabetta Balzi, from the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, who presented the review of the European Bioeconomy Strategy that will be shortly published.
During the conference, the IFIB participants were requested to suggest the key questions they believe should be addressed to boost bioeconomy and Bio-Based products market uptake, interacting with posters in a dedicated space.
Innovarum was also proud to display two posters from our two BBI-JU projects which are currently ongoing, and in which we are the consortium partners carrying out the Dissemination and Communication.
These two projects are: GreenProtein, “Revalorisation of vegetable processing industry remnants into high-value functional proteins and other food ingredients” aims to reduce food waste by turning it into vegetable protein and other valuable food ingredients; and Pro-Enrich, “Development of novel functional proteins and bioactive ingredients from rapeseed, olive, tomato and citrus fruit side streams for applications in food, cosmetics, pet food and adhesives” develops a flexible biorefinery approach to process food waste and produce new proteins and phenolic products.
Both projects drew the attention of the IFIB attendees, who were interested in the possibility of obtaining functional proteins and ingredients from actual waste.