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: 
33%
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: 

To establish a new technological platform aimed at strengthening the collaboration between research institutions and the main economic actors in order to develop pilot technologies for advanced biopolymers. With the technological platform, which will lay the groundwork for innovative business initiatives, while at the same time promoting the necessary exchange of knowledge, technology and innovation, the project will make a positive contribution to the cross-border cooperation program’s specific objectives.

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.
Therefore, in order to overcome this obstacle, the knowledge and complementary expertise of the BIOAPP project partners will be brought together within a new trans-regional platform, with the aim of responding to the market’s demand for new products based on 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 aims to provide an integrated solution that uses natural resources to produce materials designed to improve people’s quality of life. All the project partners will benefit from the development of the proposed technology, which will be implemented thanks to the synergies between the project partners themselves, and will focus upon technology transfer, social innovation, and environmental innovation. This trans-regional platform will facilitate 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: 

The proposed project will bolster the collaboration and increase the synergies between key public and private players of innovation within the program area operating in the field of biopolymer development, thanks to their concrete commitment to the development of biopolymer pilot products. Their collaboration in the product development process will be 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. Moreover, by establishing a trans-regional technological platform, this project will provide 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 will be dedicated to placing 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

OBIETTIVI PRINCIPALI DEL PROGETTO

L’obiettivo del progetto è la formazione di una nuova piattaforma tecnologica che rafforzi la cooperazione tra organismi di ricerca e portatori di interessi economici per accelerare lo sviluppo di tecnologie pilota nel campo dei biopolimeri. La piattaforma transnazionale aprirà la strada per iniziative commerciali innovative, incoraggiando lo scambio di conoscenze, tecnologia e innovazione. Il progetto si focalizzerà sullo sviluppo di biopolimeri innovativi di interesse commerciale. In tal senso, il progetto cerca soluzioni innovative a problemi posti da portatori di interessi diversi.

 

SITUAZIONE ATTUALE DELL’IMPLEMENTAZIONE PROGETTUALE (30/05/2018)

Le conoscenze tecnologiche mirano a migliorare la sintesi e la produzione di biopolimeri naturali basati sul chitosano con zuccheri aggiunti. Questi biopolimeri speciali verranno utilizzati per applicazioni cosmetiche e alimentari. BioApp si indirizza all’importante campo delle alternative al confezionamento con materie plastiche. Sono stati sviluppati contenitori biodegradabili ed edibili composti da un biofilm che, grazie alle sue proprietà antimicrobiche, rappresenta un confezionamento intelligente per applicazioni future.

 

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

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

Contacts

Kemijski inštitut Odsek za katalizo in reakcijsko inženirstvo

00386 (0) 14760526
Hajdrihova ulica 19, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
Meta Šest

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.

0039 0405588731
Via Licio Giorgieri 5, 34127 Trieste, Italia
Marsich Eleonora

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

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