Bio-economy Research2Market: Crossing the valley of death hand-in-hand with a pilot plant

Due to the recent problems of the spread of the #COVID19, the Biovoices MML workshop has been postponed. Save the new date: 30 June 2020 | Ghent, Belgium

The main objective of the workshop, organised by the BIOVOICES and BBEU Pilot Plant, is the identification of needs and actions to fill existing gaps in the bio-based products development from laboratories to market. In general, SMEs and start-ups working in the development of promising bio-based solutions or processes need to establish partnerships to reach successfully the market. Testing activities in operational environment, demonstration at large scale, compliance with existing standards and regulations, consumers’ acceptability, financial resources for the product industrialisation are some of the issues that companies have to face in the scaling-up stage. BBEU Pilot Plant has developed good practices to help companies in crossing the “valley of the death”, and can also help them in establishing partnerships, networking with various stakeholders, etc. Speakers – representing quadruple helix stakeholders – will address the topic from their different perspectives presenting best practices and highlighting existing challenges and barriers. Thanks to the active participation of the audience, involved both in the roundtable through interactive tools and in the following MML workshop, the event will co-create and generate ideas to improve the bio-based products marketability. Recommendations collected will be part of the policy brief that will be presented to the European Commission and the European Parliament by the end of the project (December 2020). Finally, participants will have the occasion to concretely understand the opportunities that a pilot plant can offer thanks to the site visite of the BBEU Pilot Plant.


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