BioApp

TO1

Strengthening research, technological development and innovation

The project in numbers
Duration:
30 months
Start date: 01.10.17
End date: 31.03.20
N. Partner: 5
 
Progress
Budget:
1.265.587,29€
Budget FERS:
1.075.749,20€

The project in numbers

Duration: 
30 months
Start / End: 
01.10.17 to 31.03.20
Project progress: 
100%
Budget: 
1265587.29€
Budget FERS: 
1075749.20€

BioApp

A trans-regional platform for the transfer of technological biopolymers from the research sector to the market
Priority Axis 1

Promoting innovation capacities for a more competitive area

Specific Objective: 
OS 1.1.
Investment Priority: 
PI 1b
Typology: 
Standard
Overall Objective of the Project: 

The main objective of the project was to establish a new technology platform by strengthening cooperation between research organizations and key economic stakeholders to accelerate the development of pilot technology in the field of advanced biopolymers. The project has made a positive contribution to the specific objectives of the cross-border cooperation program, namely through the mentioned technological platform, which paves the way for innovative business initiatives and encourages the necessary exchange of knowledge, technology and innovation

Project summary: 

Global aquaculture and shellfish production currently produces over 10 million tonnes of biomass per year, generating a considerable amount of waste in the form of shells and exoskeletons. These abundant yet under-utilised renewable biomasses have enormous potential for the production of advanced materials (biopolymers), and fall within the scope of the Key Enabling Technologies and the key areas of the Smart Specialisation Strategies identified by the “New Materials, Green Chemistry and Health” program.
Numerous research institutes and companies are actively involved in various biopolymer product development stages; however, the synergies and technology transfer dynamics between them are still insufficient.

To overcome these obstacles, the BioApp project developed a new supra-regional technology platform and combined the complementary knowledge and skills of partners, with a vision to promote solutions, development and applicability of commercially interesting highly innovative biopolymers and biomaterials.

Through a regional cooperation effort involving complementary and interdisciplinary partners, ranging from the academic world (UNITS), to public and private research institutes (COBIK, KI), start-ups (BIOPOLife) and medium-sized companies (ACIES BIO), the project provided an integrated solution that uses natural resources to produce materials designed to improve people’s quality of life. All project partners benefit from the developed pilot technology for technology transfer, social and eco-innovation and strengthen links and synergies between companies, research and development centres and in the field of higher education. This trans-regional platform facilitates the integration of new stakeholders through the development of the technology and the commercialisation of the relative product, according to the “economy of closed material cycles” principle, as regards the new business models for a circular economy.

Main results: 

Project BioApp strengthened cooperation and increased interconnection between key stakeholders involved in the development of bio-polymer innovations, both from the public and private sectors within the program area, through their direct involvement in the pilot development of bio-polymer technologies. Their cooperation and the process of developing these technologies was aimed at establishing a sustainable flow of information for the development of current and future products and services with high added value within the program area, thereby increasing competitiveness and stimulating economic growth. By established trans-regional technological platform, this project BioApp provided the means and the space to improve access to knowledge and create opportunities for concrete engagement in the fields of technology transfer, translational research, innovation, and technology in the partners’ common priority areas. Particular attention was dedicated to place SMEs in contact with large, established regional companies, as they represent the main actors in terms of the potential creation of new jobs within the program area.

Partner

Lead Partner

Kemijski inštitut Odsek za katalizo in reakcijsko inženirstvo

Osrednjeslovenska
SLO

Project partner 1

Università degli Studi di Trieste

Trieste
ITA

Project partner 2

CO BIK

Goriška
SLO

Project partner 3

Biopolife s.r.l.

Trieste
ITA

Project partner 4

ACIES BIO biotehnološke raziskave in razvoj, d.o.o.

Osrednjeslovenska
SLO

Documents

Poster evento annuale 30/05/2018Poster evento annuale 30/05/2018
BioApp_ITA_1.pdf
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Objectives and Activities

MAIN GOAL OF THE PROJECT

The main goal of the project is to establish a technology platform by strengthening cooperation between research organizations and key economic stakeholders to accelerate the development of pilot technology for advanced biopolymers. The trans-regional technology platform will pave the way for innovative business initiatives, while promoting the necessary exchange of knowledge, technology and innovation. The project is focused on the development and application of commercially interesting highly innovative biopolymers.

CURRENT SITUATION OF THE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION (30/05/2018)

Technological know-how has been developed to increase the synthesis and production of natural chitosan-based biopolymers with the addition of new sugar-based groups. These improved biopolymers will be incorporated into applications in the cosmetics and food industries. In the latter, BioApp addresses an extremely important area of ​​finding alternatives to plastic packaging. We have made edible and biodegradable bags from biofilms, which with their antimicrobiality represent t.i. smart packaging of the future.

CURRENT SITUATION OF THE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION (05/12/2018)

As part of the BioApp project, a new chemically modified biopolymer (y-CTX platform) was developed and the technology for its increased production was transferred from the laboratories of the University of Trieste to the Biopolife start-up. In October 2018, an on-line platform was also established, which enables interested stakeholders to get acquainted with our technology and vision and connect with partners in the BioApp project. The project is now in the development phase of a pilot technology using advanced biopolymers for selected sectors. The next step that will follow is the transfer of technologies to industrial partners. As part of the project, we developed our own brand called Scientists against plastic, which appeals to the general public that there are realistic alternatives to plastic. If you want to follow the events on BioApp more closely, you can subscribe to our monthly newsletter or follow us on social networks.

CURRENT SITUATION OF THE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION (31/08/2019)

As part of the BioApp project, chemically modified versions of biopolymers (y-CTX) have been refined and accurately characterized, and technology for its increased production transferred from the laboratories of the University of Trieste to Biopolife start-ups. Through certain antimicrobial properties, materials have been developed and tested prototypes based on chitosan biopolymer, with the addition of extracts, which were used as bags for storing fresh pasta and other foodstuff. Active dissemination of the use of biopolymers, as a possible alternative to single-use plastics, was carried out on social networks and directly to target groups through presentation at fairs, lectures, workshops or meetings with industry partners. Established on-line platform BioApp, integrates knowledge on the development and characterization of advanced biopolymers and their use in the food, pharmaceutical and biomedical industries. The BioApp project is now in the development phase of pilot technologies development and the use of advanced biopolymers for 5 new products covering the food, cosmetic and health related industries.

Contacts

Kemijski inštitut Odsek za katalizo in reakcijsko inženirstvo

00386 (0) 14760526
Hajdrihova ulica 19, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
Petra Props

Università degli Studi di Trieste

0039 0405583001
Via E. Weiss 2, 34128 Trieste, Italia
Donati Ivan

CO BIK

00386 (0) 58500893
Tovarniška cesta 26, 5270 Ajdovščina, Slovenija
Peterka Matjaž

Biopolife s.r.l.

+39 040 2038 587
Via Licio Giorgieri 5, 34127 Trieste, Italia
Massimiliano Borgogna

ACIES BIO biotehnološke raziskave in razvoj, d.o.o.

00386 (0) 59075995
Tehnološki park 21, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
Kuščer Enej