News

June 2017

Service in the Spotlight | Training and support in acquiring private financing 
Are you looking for private financing? BioLinX offers assistance in finding it. We can help you to get investment-ready and can provide advice, training and access to private funding. We already helped out various parties. For example:

Success Story

Who?
The owner of a company in the Southwest Netherlands, supplying cost effective plants and equipment to enable the production of high-quality, biobased particleboard panels in commercial quantities. The technology involved an ecologically sound bonding system, thereby eliminating the harmful formaldehyde emissions.

Challenge
The main challenge for this company, in this stage, was to find investors. This had proven to be a difficult path.

Assistance from BioLinX
This company was invited to attend a ‘BioLinX Finance Academy’. Part of this event was an in-depth training on managing IP (intellectual Property). This turned out to be highly valuable. In the entrepreneurs own words: “The IP information was really an eye-opener. It showed me the direction to a new way of doing business: based on royalties. I had never realized that my trademark is such an important asset!”

Result
This BioLinX relation has since changed the course of his company. Now he is more interested in marketing the brand, and not so much in developing one factory after another. The new course helps him to focus on quality and certifications, thereby increasing the brand value.

Conclusion
As a perspective, there is a large market for high-quality biobased eco-materials, but potential customers require some sort of guarantee that the materials they buy are indeed what the suppliers says they are. A trademark is such a guarantee.
This, using IP in a smart way, is potentially a means for European companies to compete with cost competitors from for instance China.    

May 2017

Representatives of the BioLinX consortium attended the 3rd edition of the Greenwin Conference, 22/23 May, at the University of Mons, Belgium. Main theme of this years session was Green Chemistry and White Biotechnology: the Industry of the Future. The purpose of the conference was to take stock of the innovative technology used to boost activities in the fields of green chemistry and white biotechnology around the world, to share knowledge and encourage the creation of new R&D projects involving the academic world, research centres and industrial players in the sector at regional and international scale.

Many interesting presentations were given, and the EU Bioeconomy Strategy Review was shared.

April 2017

Our new brochure is available! Click on the image to enlarge.

Green light for Mid Term Report of BioLinX project.
The EU Commission that reviewed the BioLinX projects' half term report, has commanded the consortium on the results already gained in terms op KPI's (number of companies/projects involved in and impacted by BioLinX) and building networks within and across bioeconomy regions in Europe.
For more in depth information, you can contact the project coordinator Dennis van der Pas via d.vanderpas@rewin.nl  

January 2017

BioLinX hosted a webinar on upcoming ERA CoBioTech co-funded call  on 31st January 2017.
BioLinX informed participants on the funding priorities, main criteria and eligible organizations and countries. They also learned how to prepare a (pre-)proposal for the ERA CoBioTech call.
The webinar was hosted by the funding experts of PNO, partner in the BioLinX project.

ERA CoBioTech?
ERA CoBioTech Cofund for Biotechnologies aims at funding multidisciplinary research and development projects that contribute to transforming the global economy from dependence on fossil raw material to a sustainable bio-based economy.

December 2016

Dennis van der Pas, coordinator of the BioLinX project, was interviewed by CommBeBiz Magazine for their 'Bioeconomy Innovation 2016-2017' issue.
In the article, Dennis explains how the BioLinX projects works and what its goals are. "Our main task is to bring innovators in entire value chains together."
You can read the entire interview here.